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3/2/11 12:57 A

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I am 23 years old and have been suffering with severe panic attacks since I was 19.. I do still get them now but they certainly arent as bad as when I first started getting them, which seemed to be nearly all day everyday. I have been on so many different types of medications, talked to doctors, been admitted into hospitals, went on natural supplements.. I find now that I get them worst at night, it keeps me from being able to get all the sleep I need, in fact my anxiety is the main reason I started exercising and dieting, and I assure you, your diet does make a difference. Eventually any pills I took, for me personally anyway, would stop working and some of them made me feel downright awful. I find for myself, keeping myself occupied when having a panic attack is key. If I am home alone I play games online with people, like chess that makes you think while in the background I go onto youtube and type in "white noise: (insert noise name)" .. you can choose the rain, a shower or a hair dryer .. this constant noise (I find especially the hair dryer) makes you really have to focus on what you're doing so while relaxing you, it keeps you focused and eventually you calm down. Just remember.. no one died from a panic attack and thats all it is, as soon as you feel it TELL youserlf that casually.. Oh Im having a panic attack.. and then don't fight it, just let it happen, feel it course through your body and imagine it escaping out your fingertips.. eventually it will go away. I am sorry for the long response, feeling a tad bit anxious as I write this so I just feel for you

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12/19/10 8:41 A

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I've suffered from panic attacks most of my life, I started taking them when I was about 3 years old, and at that time mostly affected my stomach. I would thorw up every night and sometimes every morning, I would curl up and start shaking, and shaking and would be terrified to go to bed every night because I knew it would come on. As I got older my panic attacks started affecting my breathing, and in high school I actually had to be home schooled because I couldn't leave my house without hyperventaliting and being sure I would stop breathing altogether. Through reading a lot of books I managed to find breathing techniques, support in my family and friends, and not commiting to anywhere I was "trapped" to stay for a while, I eventually learned to get my anxiety under control. To this day though I take steps back for the past two months my anxieties been high and this week my heart will not stop racing and I can't shake that shakey, something horrible is going to happen feeling that always comes with my anxiety. But with the help of my parents, and my husband I've been doing my breathing techniques again and trying to get it back under control. Like someone said sometimes praciting them when your not having an attack so then your more prepared for when you do. And always remember you know what it is. Anxiety has many symptoms and many forms but it is just anxiety, its not a heart attack or something stopping you from breathing or a stroke, or anything else that might pop into your head when it hits. It is Anxiety, it feels horrible, but it will pass again, it might come back but it will pass again too, you just have to wait it out, relax your breathing and know what it is, because I know I'm bad for convincing myself that its something else.

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12/5/10 9:34 A

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I've had these a few times. It was mostly years ago during my divorce. It was weird. I thought I was dealing with it just fine and barely felt disturbed. Apparently I was suppressing my emotions and it had to come out so I had several panic attacks. I left work and thought I was having a heart attack or something. I really feel for people who have those on a regular basis.

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12/3/10 12:10 P

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Flying is the worst for me. I'm glad I'm not alone about it. Seems like everyone I know loves to fly. But it's a total nightmare from me. Control issues I guess. I just recently started to ride in other people cars. Before I just felt like I couldn't breathe. I take Klonopin when needed. Xanax didn't really ease me at all.

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I hear ya, hun! I used to have the same feeling when I was to go in someone else's car and, especially, if I had to sit in the back seat! But, thankfully, that feeling has somewhat subsided and probably due to meds, but I know how frustrating it can be. There's something about being in "control" of the environment that seems to help -- same with your driving of the car with your friends. But, if you acknowledge the feeling, you can hopefully alter the environments and keep moving ahead!

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8/3/10 8:48 A

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Flying is the worst for me. They close the door to the plane and it is everything I can do to not make them let me out before take off! Ugh! I have Xanax to help me too. I just need to go back to the doc and get more for this trip.
My life has been CRAZY for several months and so I am not surprised these attacks have resurfaced.
It is just so embarrassing. I have a close friends coming to see us this weekend and I am freaking out about riding in the car with them so much I cannot even enjoy the fact that they are coming to see us! I am planning on driving when we go around town.
So annoying!

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8/2/10 8:49 P

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I've suffered from panic attacks on and off for years. When they come more frequently, I do on a small dose of xanax for a few weeks and that gets rid of them for a while. I take 1/2 a .25mg tablet once a day. Any more and it does make me groggy. I take extra xanax when I fly. Even driving to the airport panics me. I get anxious just making flight reservations. If you can just convince yourself that panic attacks won't kill you, they are easier to bear. Deep breathing can help. So can curling up in the fetal position, but that's awkward at the airport.

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I used to have them but now I'll only have one every few months or so. Prozac is what helps me.

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Hi,
I still suffer from anxiety and panic attacks. The panic attacks are much better than they were. Counseling has helped a lot as well as medication. I use deep breathing, relaxation music or christian music, quiet time at my apartment, going for a walk helps some, and then taking my mind on a little trip to somewhere safe.

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8/2/10 9:24 A

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Hi!
Sorry you are having difficulties with panic attacks. They can be scary to say the least.

Deep breathing helps but I would encourage you to try deep breathing and relaxation when you are not anxious. It's sort of a preventative things and helps your body to stay more relaxed.

There is an awesome panic and anxiety book out there, called The Anxiety workbook. I think it is by David Burns.

I suffered from panic attacks for years, but now that my medications are under control and I have learned to relax more I get them very infrequently. One thing that helped me was to also self soothe with hot baths, candles, hot tea (no caffeine.)

If your PRN meds are making you "stoned" I would talk with your dr. to see if there is another alternative. Also I am wondering if you could just take half of the pill. I do that with my Ativan sometimes since it makes me sleepy.

Hang in there. I hope you have a good day. Check in with us to let us know how you are doing.

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Wish I could be of more help. I am BACK to suffering from attacks but mine are from claustrophobia. I even LOOK into a car I am not driving and it is hard to get in. I have been good for a couple years, and now they are back.
I have to fly in less than 2 weeks and getting on a plane is so frightening for me.
I am going back to the doctor this week.
I wish you luck and hopefully you can get on track. Someone will come with good advice for you on this thread. I just want you to know you certainly are NOT alone with this!
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Does anyone experience them, and how do you cope? I take medication daily (and also PRNs when I am extra anxious, but these make me groggy and "stoned", as one of my housmates puts it.) Also, lately not much seems to stop the panic attacks. Yes, I do deep breathing. Any advice would help. Thanks

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