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6/26/18 7:46 A

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Do you have access to a pool or the beach? I've always found that a couple of hours of water time is relaxing. Also, do you get enough vitamin D. Try 20 minutes in the sun at least once a day. May help.

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6/23/18 7:04 A

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I am so glad the medication is helping.

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I'm glad that the medication appears to have helped. Remember to keep in touch with your Dr, particularly re any changes to your mood/anxiety/sleep, etc.

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6/22/18 6:53 P

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Glad to learn you had a positive experience with your Doctor!! Do remember that "if" something changes again...you can rely on going back to try something different. There are many solutions to fighting panic attacks.

If it continues to be a problem, I hope you will also look into group therapy. Having a core group of people who *understand* what is happening is priceless.
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Ok. I just came back from the doctor's appointment. He put me on Trintellix, 5 mg, which is used or depression. It is working really well for my anxiety though. I took one as soon as I left his office and the anxiety was gone in the 20 minutes it took me to get home. Unfortunately, the only thing I feel is tired. lol New medication. My body always works like that though. I should be ok in a few days. Not so tired and sleepy. Good night.

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6/20/18 12:29 P

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Hi Sherri,

Panic attacks are often brought on by major stress or negative emotions, although often times it is unclear exactly what causes them but are thought to trigger the body's fight-or-flight response, and this can be from a traumatic event or not, it's not always certain since everyone is different.

I would encourage you to look at the things in your environment that may be causing you any major stress, as well as being mindful of the people or environments around you where negative emotions or intense energy is present. I know for myself, I have a tendency to absorb other people's negative emotions or intense energy if I am not grounded or unaware that I am doing it.

The panic attacks could be a way that your body is trying to get rid of the energy or stress you may be feeling (if this is the case) because your body cannot continue to contain it for prolonged periods.

I wish you the best and hope that you can get some relief for these panic attacks.

Take Care!

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6/19/18 9:34 P



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I'm glad that you have a Dr appt. very soon.

It sounds like you have developed some coping mechanisms, but whereas they are o.k. in some setting, they aren't the most appropriate in others.

Let us know how you get on.

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6/19/18 8:24 P

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Yoga. I did not try that. I will check on that tomorrow. I am tired this evening because of the panicking. I have a doctor's appointment on Friday. I plan on discussing this with him then. I refuse to avoid the things that seem to bring them on. I get a panic attack almost every week at church, for some reason. Usually, handling play doh or a rolled up facecloth, depending on the severity of the attack, will help. Nothing I tried helped today though. The only way to avoid them is to sit very still on a chair with a teddy bear and a blanket. I refuse to live my life that way.

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6/19/18 7:58 P



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* Have you spoken with your Dr about this issue?
* Do you have medication for it?
* Do you have a Therapist?

If you haven't discussed it (at least recently) with your Dr I would make a point of doing so. Medication can be very helpful for when you feel a panic attack coming on. Also, if you don't have a Therapist, asking for a referral to one who specializes in these issues would be appropriate.

One thing my Psychologist told me was to avoid avoidance. On the odd occasion I feel a panic attack coming on I work through it The last big one (which wasn't big by a lot of people's standards) was when I was going for a walk around my village. I felt it come on as soon as I walked off my section, and recognized it for what it was. I remember my Psychologist's advice, so continued walking rather than going back into the house, but the one compromise I made was to take a shorter route. The panic attack lasted until I walked back onto my own section, but while walking around it was far less than it could/would have been.

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You know what I enjoy ? Try cutting up some slices of apple and topping them with Vietnamese cinnamon. Something that may help is eating foods with a variety of different spices.

One thing I've learned is that the food we eat can be very bland and mundane. Do we really want a salty crunch or a taste of something bursting with flavor ? I've found that when I added more spices to my meals, I was less likely to snack on junk. Why ? The junk really didn't taste that great.

Take cinnamon. I bought a small container of Vietnamese cinnamon instead of the dollar cinnamon you can get at CVS. What a difference. the Vietnamese cinnamon had a rich flavor with a little bite. Microwave popcorn can be topped with red pepper flakes, chopped parsley and a dash of grated parmasan (or romano) cheese.

And if you are having issues with panic attacks, have you ever thought about trying yoga ? Yoga isn't just about being more flexible. There are yoga breathing exercises that are worth their weight in gold. At night, when I have problems sleeping, I try yoga breathing. There are different techniques.

There are plenty of great beginner yoga workouts. There are many that can be done while sitting in a chair. Why not check out chair yoga ? That might be helpful too.


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6/19/18 5:21 P

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I tried walking with a friend, but that did not work out so well. The anxiety followed me and I had to stop several times to try to ease the panic. So I snacked. Instead of lunch, I had bean nachos, which are on my menu plan anyway. I saved the apple that went with it for a little later. As an afternoon snack, I mashed a banana and mixed peanut butter and a little unsweetened cocoa powder into it. I then froze it to make chocolate peanut butter and banana soft serve ice cream. It took a little creativity, but I was able to stress eat and still make healthy choices. I am still feeling the effects of the panic attacks, sore chest muscles, still a little short of breath, and tired, jumpy too I guess (as the dog barks and I almost hit the ceiling). I feel a lot better though.

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I don't have any advice, but I hope you feel better soon.

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Hi, Sherri !

How about starting with some long deep cleansing breathes. If you feel like eating anything that isn't nailed down, I would encourage you to go outside and take a walk. Literally walk away from the stress and the kitchen. Walking is not only great cardiovascular exercise, it's a great way to reduce stress too. Walking helps me to think more clearly.

Also, whatever problems you're having will not be solved by eating Oreos, ice cream, chips or any other comfort food. Some days, you have to face your problems head on. If you turn to food, you'll just make yourself miserable later.

There are better ways to reduce your stress and one way is to take a walk.

If you don't want to take a walk, keep taking those long deep cleansing breathes. sit and have a cup of tea. scream into a pillow. I also like hitting the gym for a good workout. If you have time, head to the gym and work off any stress you're having today.

Breathe... it works.




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I really need some help. I had 2 bad panic attacks today and am struggling to hold off a third. It is only lunchtime and already I just want to hide from everyone and everything. The only thing stopping me from stress eating everything in my kitchen is that I am having trouble moving off this ridiculous chair. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to deal with this?

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