Help! Freaking out

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laurar
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   Posted 2/12/2008 11:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello all,

I don't usually post on this board (I'm a regular at the Ulcerative Colitis board), but I think I've been having mini panic attacks for the past few days (I don't think they're full blown) and I wanted to bounce it off of you guys and get your input. Here's my story:

I've always had a certain level of (mostly manageable) anxiety, which tends to get worse when I have Ulcerative Colitis flare ups. A few days ago I was sitting in a coffee shop with a friend and all of the sudden I felt short of breath, my whole body got really hot, and I felt like I was going to "freak out" (don't know any better way to describe it). I also felt kind of like something was crushing my head from both sides. It only lasted for a few seconds, and I managed to pull myself out of it before it got too bad. I had this happen a few times as the day went on, and over the past couple of days it's happened a few more times. It's so weird because I know that nothing is wrong, and I don't feel depressed or anything, I just feel annoyed by them and want them to stop. I'm pretty certain these are panic episodes because both of my parents have GAD, and my dad also has agoraphobia and OCD.

I suspect this may have been triggered by the fact that I've been making alot of progress in therapy lately, and I've been letting go of alot of familiar but bad habits that aren't serving me anymore (i.e. ending a few relationships/friends that were unhealthy, changing jobs, etc.). Although I see that this is great progress in my life, I wonder if I'm freaking out because this is new and totally unfamiliar territory for me and I don't know what' coming next. One part of me knows that it's totally fine not to know what's coming next, but another part of me is totally freaked out.

Does this sound like something I should seek treatment for, or does it sound like something that will go away as I adjust to these changes in my life? I don't really know what to do, since neither of my folks handle their GAD very well. I don't want to let this control my life in any way, I just want to do whatever it takes to get better. Any input would be much appreciated.
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stkitt
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   Posted 2/12/2008 12:28 PM (GMT -7)   

laurar

Hello and Welcome to the Anxiety Forum, we are pleased you have popped over and we are always open to all. :)

I feel perhaps you are right on target thinking that these episodes are due to panic and anxiety.  The good part is you already have a therapist so this would be a great person to help you through the anxiety.

Most people fear the unknown as it is scary and uncomfortable to change you lifestyle and start to deal with things that have been unhealthy for you.

My concern would be that you may need to see your PCP just to make sure it is not an indication of another medical issue.  Once that is ruled out then your anxiety level should become controllable.

You may be a victim of Free Floating Anxiety:

This is anxiety that is not connected with any particular situation, it comes out of the blue. People who have Generalised Anxiety Disorder often have free-floating anxiety.

Keep on posting and know that we care.

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crying
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   Posted 2/12/2008 5:52 PM (GMT -7)   
I am with Kitt. I agree with what she said. I have GAD and I get panic attacks for no reason at all. Just one min I'm fine and the next I am freaking out! My heart will pound, I get very hot and sweaty and feel like i am losing control.

I would talk to your doc and just let them know whats going on. To me it seems as tho things like painic and GAD seems to run in families.
If your parents have it then I would look into it more.

Good luck!
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Panike
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   Posted 2/12/2008 6:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Laural,I agree with both kitt and crying,i also have GAD and agrophobia. But i too get panic attacks sometimes just out of the blue.THe symtoms you described sound much like the ones i experience while having panic attacks! But like kitt said i would see a DR to rule out anything else. Also knowing that both of your parents have GAD makes me think that you are in fact having GAD.My therapist said mental disorders can be genetic and my mom used to have panic attacks back when she was about 20 years old but learned how to cope with them very well.So she seems to think that has something to do with why i have them.But just go ahead and get checked out anyway.

laurar
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   Posted 2/13/2008 6:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks so much for the input. I will definitely go see my doctor. It occurred to me that these symptoms started right around the time I drastically changed my diet 2 weeks ago. I was also noticing yesterday that I could ward off an attack by eating a small snack. I'm wondering if this might be a blood sugar/dietary issue. Either way, I'll get to the bottom of it. Thanks again for the help!
Diagnosed Ulcerative Pancolitis

Probiotics
Fish Oil
Vitamin C
Slippery Elm
TURMERIC!!!

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