Anxiety Attacks

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  1. whiteathlete33

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    Does anyone here have a problem with anxiety attacks? I rarely get them but when I do they are very severe. I had one today and it was the scariest thing I ever felt. I felt like I was dying even though I was perfectly fine.
     
  2. DWFan

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    I get them if I have to do a presentation or something, but it would be ok if I managed to get Xanax to take first.
     
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    I was once given some medication(forgot the name) but I stopped taking it. It made me too drowsy.
     
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    Yeah I don't think I could take anti-anxiety drugs all the time. Fortunately it's mostly about public speaking with me, so I can try to prepare for it. Was there any reason evident for your attack?
     
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    Stress is obviously the culprit.
     
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    That's rough since I guess you never know when an attack could take place. Though after one started I guess a Xanax or something would still be good...maybe your doctor could prescribe a small number of them?
     
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    Is there anything you can do during an anxiety attack? I was trying to take deep breaths but it didn't help much. My episode lasted over an hour, which is scary.
     
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    The only thing I've heard is taking deep breaths but that doesn't help me either.
     
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    If your haveing a bad attack go and splash cold water on your face, your body has a natrual function to slow your breathing and heart rate down, just like if you fall into cold water,
    but the best thing is to not be scared to have a panic attack!
     
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    Thanks. I'll try that or a cold shower. I remember a few years ago when I had a very bad anxiety attack I actually drove myself to the hospital emergency room. I thought I was having a heart attack or something so they did an EKG and everything was fine. My pulse was also close to normal. It's funny how scared you are but it's just your bodies defense mechanisms at work.
     
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    From 18 to 22 i hadupto ten panic attacks a day, and i found they were nothing!
    and when i startingseeing an attack as fun {you really do feel alive} the attacks stop,
    thats been about 20 years ago....Edited by: lost
     
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    I don't know lost. It's the most terrifying thing I ever experienced in my life and the one I had today had to be the worst ever. Between the hyperventilating, feeling like your dying, tightness in the chest, dizziness, and shortness of breath I thought I was losing it.
    Edited by: whiteathlete33
     
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    Try 8 oz. of Jack Daniels with or without water as preferred.

    Seriously, those attacks suck, if it's really getting to you get a doc to prescribe you some anti-anxiety pills. Don't suffer through it when science has been nice enough to harness the power of barbituates and serotonin inhibitors.
     
  14. whiteathlete33

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    Thanks Jaxvid! I was prescribed something a few years ago but stopped taking it because it would put me to sleep. That's pretty much what anti-anxiety medications do to you, bring you down. I only get this crap a few times a year but when it hits its terrible. The fact that mine last for a few hours is the bad part. I think I should cut down my caffeine as well because it could certainly be a trigger.
     
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    The attacks are nothing! really, believe me theyare! if your scared of them, they'll keep going, just don't worry about them, you'll be fine.i know when your haveing them its hard.
    but its nothing to worry about.....
     
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    lost is right. When you first start getting them they are very terrible, but with the right mindset they are really nothing and manageable. Be careful with drugs like Xanax, can be addicting, it can actually more dangerous to withdraw from benzos than drugs like heroin (if you are taking them every day) so if you do get prescribed something like that, don't rely on it too heavily. I find exercise is the best way to deal with anxiety and will decrease the amount of panic attacks you have over time.
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    Hey WA 33 I agree sorta with Jaxvid, try powering down 3 ice cold beers and see what happens. If that fails grab some overweight wentch, and have at her. Lol, just kidding about the wentch, but I would stAy clear of any prescribed narcotic from a doctor if u can!
     
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    Hey bro, what are you doing or where are you located when these suckers trigger? If it's public speaking, like DWFan, try visualizainga successfulperformace before it happens...
     
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    No, it wasn't public speaking. I had some beers the night before and the mild hangover I had could have triggered it.
     
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    I am sorry to see that you get anxiety attacks mate, you are one of the coolest guys in here (Lost is cool as well) and it sucks for you to get them.<div>
    </div><div>Well anxiety attacks andpanicattacks in general can be really tricky since they make yourphysicalsymptoms feel like they can be really serious, to the point you feel like dying.</div><div>
    </div><div>I was not familiar with them, until 2007. I served in the Greek Navy from 2004-2007, right after i finished my studies in law school of Athens. I served in this unit called OYK (now is called DYK) and i think in the US you call them Navy Seals, i did some co-training under NATO wings with American seals inGibraltarand Lebanon. I had an accident during the end of my service, in Somalia, during a patrol, i can't and i won't get into details, but it has left a huge scar in the back of my head, which is very obvious if i shave my head. The back skin of my head literally hanged like an "external" body from my head. To make a long story short, from 2007-2009 i suffered from this condition named post trauma panic and i had many of the symptoms you describe. What got me back in track and being normal (if i am normal really LOL) was many hours of working, working out, reading and meditation. They never happen lately, very rarely, but i now know how to handle them.</div><div>
    </div><div>Avoid stress as much as you can, don't drink much coffee or alcohol and try to work out as much as possible and eat healthy. Also during the attack, try to breathe slowly and rub your neck, it usually slow down the heart pulse.</div><div>
    </div><div>I hope you feel better and don't have any attacks lately.</div>
     
  21. whiteathlete33

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    Thanks. Too much caffeine certainly triggers them and I'm what I call a caffeine-aholic!
     
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    maybe L-tryptophan will work.
     
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    It sounds gay, but I've found yoga to really help with mental issues. Not the trendy "hot yoga" but the traditional yoga. It is also a great physical workout, believe it or not.

    Try it, keep with it and your panic attacks will vanish in a few weeks to a month.
     
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    Good advice, but anti-anxiety drugs like Lorazepam can be a lifesaver, but, like the man said, use them very sparingly and don't become addicted or dependent on them.
     
  25. whiteathlete33

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    Great info guys but I would never consider taking Xanax or any of those other anti-anxiety drugs. I know some people who were prescribed them and ended up getting hooked and buying them on the street.
     

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