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Old 02-07-2015, 04:21 AM   #11
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Mine usually happen when I'm driving or large shopping malls/stores. In the car music helps and breathing but not always. In the store I have to find a smaller area or seating area, gather myself and decide if I can continue. Practicing on cutting myself some slack if I can't go on and just call it a day. My medication has helped somewhat but I hate being alone for fear of panicking!
Man I hate when that happens. My last worst one was while driving and the place I was going to was near a hospital.

That hospital sighting multiplied whatever I was feeling ten-fold.
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Old 02-10-2015, 05:00 AM   #12
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One thing about alcohol...I can see why it can be so addicting. Alcohol makes us feel invincible, which is the exact counter to a panick attack where we basically feel our most vulnerable.

HOWEVER, the next day after a drinking binge can be devastating because not only do we physically feel terrible, whatever feelings of invincibility will be drastically reduced as well. This could lead to a worse attack or, going back to the bottle.

Dangerous combo.
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I use breathing techniques as well. Breathe in through your nose and press the air out through your mouth with teeth closed. There are also some mudras that help that you can look up that help you focus on something other than the attack.
Yoga has immensly improved the number of onsets I had in general. Good luck!
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I use breathing techniques as well. Breathe in through your nose and press the air out through your mouth with teeth closed. There are also some mudras that help that you can look up that help you focus on something other than the attack.
Yoga has immensly improved the number of onsets I had in general. Good luck!
Yeah Yoga is great. I was doing that for a few months but had to stop due to a back injury.
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We were at an amusement park yesterday and the group wanted to go on the fast rides, I could feel myself getting anxious but I made it a point to not acknowledge the feelings too much.

Instead, I focused on how fun it used to be and how much of a thrill it was to feel the wind, the speed of the descent, the weightlessness of the loop sections and the excitement would kind of match the fear and anxiety, evening things out so I looked bored hahahaha! If they only knew the inner battle I was fighting within.

It seemed like a balancing act but when it was nearing our turn I could feel myself tensing up again so I did the breathing exercise. Relaxed my posture etc...

Then it was our turn and I did my best to put on a brave face. We were headed up to the peak and that was the scariest part - when there's a pause at the apex and you're waiting for the drop at an incredible height. Well, at that point I started humming the Jaws theme which was kinda funny and distracted me enough that when the drop came, I was screaming my head off and raised my arms like I was still a kid. It was awesome haha
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That's so cool! And I can totally relate to that!!! We were in Disneyworld a few months ago and I was terrified of getting an anxiety attack while going on a rollercoaster. But I went anyways and it was so much fun! I screamed my head off going down and it really helped! I was so happy that I didn't give in to my fear!
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That's so cool! And I can totally relate to that!!! We were in Disneyworld a few months ago and I was terrified of getting an anxiety attack while going on a rollercoaster. But I went anyways and it was so much fun! I screamed my head off going down and it really helped! I was so happy that I didn't give in to my fear!
Amen to that!

Being in those long lines filled with people, then going in what's essentially a cage, getting hauled up and around, with literally nowhere to go is one of the most daunting things a person with anxiety can get into. The gripping fear and suspense is almost overwhelming if not for the carnival atmosphere which sort of reminds you that "hey this is fun." You're basically tense for the whole time up until the drop.

BUT the payoff is simply amazing.
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Another thing I notice is that acidity apparently causes a lot of the same symptoms that would cause me to panic; chest and throat tightness, "heart" or chest flutter, nausea. Not knowing the cause, I let it escalate to the point that I can barely function.

I was wondering because I'd get these feelings even when I'm relaxed, lounging around or in bed. I always used to notice these symptoms when I'm stressed or in a particularly tense situation.

So I read up on the symptoms and hyperacidity came up - which I have but it only used to get triggered after drinking or eating spicy/oily stuff. Now, stress is also triggering it.

I've since stocked up on antacids. And so far so good.

So for those in the same boat, check if it's acidity. Note the times you feel those symptoms, if it happens after meals, or bouts of drinking, it could be acidity.
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A panic attack for my wife is often a very scary ordeal. Unlike most panic attacks, hers actually induce a psychogenic non-epileptic seizure (PNES).

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So unlike a normal panic attack, she falls into an almost epileptic state (and will actually have memory loss with it). The only thing I've found that works is ... well ... me. If I can catch it quickly enough, I can "talk her down". I'll help her calm her breathing and relax her stress levels. It's really scary the first time and doctors aren't equipped to understand what's happening. It really looks like an epileptic seizure, but doesn't respond to seizure treatment. Once they realize it's a form of conversion, (not that they know what that means) they tend to move the patient to the psych ward of the hospital and say the patient is "faking it".
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