SRS Panic attacks

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  1. babar

    babar Active Member

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    so i had a panic attack today, i believe it was my second one. Does anyone here have those, and now how to deal with or prevent them?
     
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    I get em all the time.... But it only happens when I drink Monsters!!! hmm where do you experience these panic attacks? at work? home? around a gf? big crowds?
     
  3. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    Heh...I get 'em when I think I'm expected to "perform" for a woman I don't know well. Can't say as I've come up with a good solution, though I have found that pseudoephedrine does a remarkable job of keeping me cool when I'm touring the local meat markets.
     
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    I get them all the time, but I take Prozac for anxiety.. then I also have a Xanax prescription to take on an 'as needed' basis for situations where I think I might have a panic attack or to take it when I actually am having a panic attack and it usually calms me right down... Sometimes I go a long time without them and sometimes I get them multiple times in a day.
     
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    I just start taking deep breaths and telling myself everything's ok and will work out on it's own. I just need to have patience. I've had them to the point of physically shaking and feeling like if I didn't go out and change my life right away I'd become a nobody and hate myself. You just need to have patience and take some deep breaths, telling yourself to calm down. It's how I dealt with them when I used to get it.

    If it's beyond your control, as in really extreme, seek a form of anxiety medication.
     
  6. PuppyCat

    PuppyCat O.T. Mom

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    I had panic attacks after my brain surgery. They were God-awful. I'd be standing in line at the Supermarket...ZING! Panic Attack. Had them in WallyMart, walking down the street, in the middle of making love...any old time...it got to the point where I did not want to leave the house. That "I can't breathe-everyone is watching me-I gotta get outta here-Am I gonna pass out and embarass myself to death-feeling.
    Holy Doodle.
    Best thing I did was take a year of CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy)..taught me a lot...not only how to overcome Panic Attacks...I learned about myself (which was interesting).
    I can't remember what flavor of medication I took at the time, seems to me it was Luvox...
    Anyhow, the whole thing comes down to this: You have to learn to self-talk...when you feel a sniglet of a panic attack coming on, breathe, relax, and say to yourself "Ok, panic is coming, nothing bad happened last time, nothing bad is going to happen this time...Panic just leave me to F&^% alone."
    That's what I did. That's how I overcame them. It may not work for everybody, but it worked for me.
    I wish you the best.

    ~Climbing off my soapbox.
     
  7. babar

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    see mine is more physically painful than most i think...i had been having chest pains all day, and then i suddlenly got a strong pain in my cheat, my left arm went numb, i felt like i was gonna pass out....i felt like my body was leaving my body almost, but overall just a physically painful experience, i really thought i was going to die. i needed to go to the hospital just to reassure myself it was nothing with the heart.
     
  8. deusexaethera

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    Muscle cramps kinda go with the territory. True panic doesn't restrict itself to just messing with the inner workings of your mind. I, for one, will spend hours at a time breathing as hard as I can to control the shaking.
     
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    Strange that a precursor to the entire amphetamine group and adrenaline help you. But I do not doubt your words, it is just unlikley that this will help this fellow.
     
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    I could recommend ativan or klonopin but that is a road of addiction. You will take them for fun, and thats where the party starts.

    Valerian and other herbs can work just as well, I speak from both experiances.

    It is unfun having to pop 6 orange pills a day to fight anxiety and panic attacks. This is what I have to do. I realise I probally do not need them in the long run, but since I am going through an extreamly stressful transition of moving out while maintaining a job and gf right now, I need them for the short term. Then comes the hard road out of the shit.

    Stay away from them. Please.
     
  11. babar

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    yea i dont wanna go down that road.....i just feel like my type of panic attack is more intense, and i dont see them coming or recognize and symptoms before hand, it kind of just comes out of nowhere. and i guess its all just kind of frustrating for me.
     
  12. deusexaethera

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    I know, I'm well-aware that pseudoephedrine can be used for many and varied illegal purposes. (I'm also aware that its new semi-prescription status only hinders its procurement for legitimate users.) The best way I can describe it is, the drowsy effect that PE has on me precipitates a smoothing and stabilization of pretty much every aspect of my being. I move more smoothly, I talk more smoothly, I think more slowly (which it surprisingly hard for me to achieve without chemicals), and I have to put in just a pinch of effort to pay as much attention to things as I need to, whereas I normally think so fast that I can make myself stutter when I get too far ahead of myself and I pay such careful attention to everything I do that some people are convinced I'm autistic. (not that they know what they're talking about.) Anyway, it gets the job done. Oh, and I sleep better too.
     
  13. PuppyCat

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    :hs: Been there, done that hospital route. I really don't think medications are the entire answer, I really don't. I also think one gets to the point where enough is enough, one's determination kicks in to overcome things. I really lobby for CBT.
    Taking benzos is a roulette game. One can become terribly dependent on them and then one has another issue to deal with.
    I do know that taking something that would chemically induce me being "up" would have been the last thing I needed when I went through this terrible time.
    Regardless, if you feel that panic attacks are interfering with your life you should see someone and do it soon, before panic/anxiety grabs hold of you and clamps onto your soul.
     
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    I am with you on this one. I don't wish the feelings of trying to stop taking xanax on anyone. I have xanax for an "as needed basis" then It became 3 times a day. Now I get the starting of a panic attack if I miss a dose. I hate it. I hate myself for going that route. I can't even justify taking it now like you can. I never thought I'd get addicted to something, but I can safely say I am addicted to xanax. I don't even know if I'm strong enough of a person anymore to get off it. I should just make another thread about it.

    In short: thread starter, please use anxiety medication as a last resort or be very very careful taking it.
     
  15. civicmon

    civicmon got all my game from the streets of california.

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    I think you have ADD, and you may have a nasty case of it too.

    Why do I say that? Psuedoephedrine is a stimulant (hence why it's controlled and used in meth) and stimulants have the same reaction to someone with ADD that you're having.

    I strongly, strongly suggest you get off the self-medication of psuedophedrine and talk to a doc about ADD since it seems like that's the root cause.
     
  16. Indagator

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    Personally, I took a route outside of medication. I researched anxiety and panic as much as I could and found that my best way of dealing with panic attacks themselves is to pay attention to my breating. Breathe deep and slow...I exhale like I"m blowing out birthday candles. This slows down your heart rate and also keep you from hyperventilating. That's not mentioning that it gives you something to focus on when you're in panic.

    Hyperventilating is the last thing you want to happen. When you feel that adrenaline rush start to hit ( I feel it mostly in my head, but it could be different for you), as soon as you can find a place to sit and start breathing deep and exhaling as though you're blowing out candles...then hang on for the ride.

    Understand that your panic is not so much mental as it is physical..as in your mind is tired of dealing with crap that you put off and says "Screw it. Body, you deal with it". And so you have panic. Your hypothalamus (sp?) is the part of your brain that deals with things such as heartbeat, breathing, etc. When it gets "stuck" in overdrive it gets set off sometimes.

    Honestly, my best advice is to research it. The more you understand your enemy, the less powerful it becomes. I had my first panic attack on June 12th of last year. I have had 4 since then. The first three were early on, and the fourth just crept up on me because I got too stressed over something. That's not too bad for someone dealing with anxiety and not taking medication I think. Though I still deal with anxiety in general, I do have control over it for the most part.

    I hope this helps some. If nothing else, PM me if you want to talk or vent or whatever. I'm not a professional or anything, just someone with some experience and understanding. Sometimes it gets shitty and you just have to get it out.

    To add, from a friend of mine that's a med student (well...for cardiac surgery, but still), "medication is good for the short term, but really you need to find a way to mentally combat these things. Don't get too dependant on medication." In other words, looking into therapy might be good for the long term.
     

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