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EvanE
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   Posted 6/18/2008 8:16 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm 21 years old and I've been suffering with anxiety / panic attacks for the past 3 years. I've only done something about it once a couple years ago and I was on paxil for a while. I felt like I never could describe what happens during my panic attacks enough to the doctor though. I recently had one of my worst panic attacks where I felt like I couldn't breathe and almost passed out and then I was trembling for about an hour. Besides that, sometimes I feel like I just look at things as if I'm high on marijuana (I haven't smoked in years) or as if I'm looking through a movie screen. I get these thoughts about reality and existentialism and from there I start to panic. I also read on this forum that someone would exercise and get shortness of breath and panic from that. I got that last night when I tried to exercise to relieve stress. I feel like this is with me all the time. I feel this numbness in the back of my head/neck and a slight tingle/numbness, uncomfortable feeling on my forehead. I'm hoping this can all be helped with therapy and medication possibly. I'm also hoping it's not something more neurological. I'm taking xanax right now and I start freaking out for the first thirty minutes cause I scare myself into thinking I'm gonna get high and won't be able to control myself. I think thats the number one thing that scares me is not having control. I was looking for some reassurance if someone else got symptoms like the numbness, weird vision, thoughts. I just feel uncomfortable.

stkitt
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   Posted 6/18/2008 8:40 PM (GMT -7)   

Hello and Welcome to HealingWell and the A & P forum.

I know you are going to meet lots of people here who have the same issues you do and by sharing with each other you will find help and comfort that you have anxiety and learn ways others deal with it that may work for you.

There is a sticky post at the top of the forum named Anxiety-Panic Resources by Wen.  Please read through that and you will find some valuable information re anxiety and how to deal with it.
 
I know you will find yourself feeling right at home here as this is a great family of members sharing the same disorde.
 
Sincerely
Kitt

 

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percycat
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   Posted 6/19/2008 4:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Evan, and welcome.

From what I've read, shortness of breath and dissociation (feeling like you're not really "there") are common with panic attacks. My own physical symptoms have usually been pretty limited and mild, but I'm sure lots of others will be along to share their experiences.

I've only taken xanax a few times, but I'd say it doesn't make me feel high, unless you want to equate "high" with "drowsy/soothed." It's fairly fast acting and doesn't make me feel out of control. In fact, compared to the loss of inhibitions that can come from having a couple of drinks, xanax isn't even on the charts for me. The one time I took two xanax in a row, I couldn't stay awake and had to nap for the next 1-1/2 or so. I have a really good doctor who's always willing to talk about side effects and other issues of meds with me; maybe you could do the same with your doctor.

I hope you'll get some relief soon.

percycat

stkitt
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   Posted 6/19/2008 9:25 AM (GMT -7)   

Evan,

Here is one I use often when I am head toward anxiety or panic mode.

Remember this:

It does not matter if you feel frightened, disorientated, dreamlike, or unsteady. These feelings are an exaggeration of the normal bodily reactions to stress.

Just because you have these sensations doesn't mean you are crazy. These feelings are just unpleasant and frightening, not dangerous. Nothing worse will happen to you.

Let your feelings come. . Don't run away from panic. When you feel panic build up, take a deep breath and as you breathe out, let go. Keep trying. Stay there almost as if you were floating in space. Don't fight the feeling of panic. Accept it; you can deal with it.

Try to make yourself as comfortable as possible without escaping. If you're on a street, lean against a post or a store wall. If you're at the cosmetics department of a store, find a quieter counter or corner. If you're in a boutique, tell the salesperson you don't feel well and want to sit for a while. Do not jump into a car and go home in fear.

Don't indulge in stinkin thinking, "Why can't I be normal ? Why does this have to happen to me?" Just accept what is happening to you. If you do this, what you fear most will not happen.

Think about what is really happening to your body at this moment. Do not think "Something terrible is going to happen. I must get out." Repeat to yourself "I am ok, I will not die or lose control."

Try to distract yourself from what is going on inside you. Look at your surroundings. See the other people around you. .They are with you, not against you.

When the panic subsides, let your body go loose, take a deep breath, and go on with your day. Remember, each time you cope with panic and anxiety, you reduce your fear. 


 

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Post Edited (stkitt) : 6/19/2008 12:41:21 PM (GMT-6)


laurar
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   Posted 6/19/2008 6:30 PM (GMT -7)   
"Besides that, sometimes I feel like I just look at things as if I'm high on marijuana (I haven't smoked in years) or as if I'm looking through a movie screen. I get these thoughts about reality and existentialism and from there I start to panic."

I get this feeling you're describing all the time right before I start to panic! I get the weird "stoned" feeling, and it doesn't always feel unpleasant even at first, but I always know that it means something's wrong. Then, usually within a few minutes I start getting weird thoughts and start thinking, "what if that's a crazy thought", or "what if something really horrible is happening to me" or "I know I"m going to lose it this time" and then Bam! I get an anxiety attack.

I'm so sorry you're dealing with this, but like everyone else said, it does NOT mean you're going crazy. What I've learned is that no matter how afraid I am of going crazy, it never seems to happen. I think if you can really get that into your head, it can shorten the duration and intensity of a panic attack. Good luck, and keep writing in for support. It always helps to know that others are experiencing similar things.
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oldsoul84
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   Posted 6/19/2008 10:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Ive experianced what your describing before, it sounds like something called depersonalization disorder/derealisation disorder, That is what i had before, the feeling high and numbess, dreamlike was all part of that, im no doctor so i cant say for sure thats what your suffering from, but just thought id tell you i had the same thing and thats what it was. look it up there is a forum especially for those disorders but i dont know the address, look it up and see if it fits what your describing, best thing to do go and see a therapist right away and let it out, let the feeling come and dont fight them just know that its there and it will be ok... i freaked out for over 2 years with it bcoz i didnt have a clue what was suffering from and kept it to myself, i never seeked any help untill 2years, im fine now jus got anxiety n panic but none of that weird crap, it can get better seek help and stay positive, get out there and continue to do things despite the wierdness u hav to find a way to deal with stuff the best u can. im not sure bout meds ive never taken any.

oldsoul84
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   Posted 6/19/2008 10:17 PM (GMT -7)   
oh and jus to reassure u, u dont go crazy with it, it feels like u are but u wont.

EvanE
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   Posted 6/21/2008 12:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you all for the support / advice. It has really helped out the past couple days. I have an appointment with a psychiatrist next Wednesday and from there I hope to start therapy the following week.

EvanE
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   Posted 6/21/2008 12:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Emz84 said...
oh and jus to reassure u, u dont go crazy with it, it feels like u are but u wont.


I've kept it inside for the past couple years. I was just coping with it and it didn't really affect me all that much. But it gets bad when the panic attacks and the surrealism hit at the same time. They trigger one another.

stkitt
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   Posted 6/21/2008 7:20 AM (GMT -7)   

Evan,

Glad you have an apointment with a Pdoc and I hope you can learn to cope with this anxiety or just kick it to the curb.  You don't need it and you don't want it so show it who is the boss, my friend.

Remember you have anxiety, it does not have you.

Hugs
Kitt


 

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