I think i'm having an attack right now

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honeyprincess21
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   Posted 12/17/2008 8:43 AM (GMT -7)   
I need some help please. I'm sitting at work feeling like I'm in the beginning stages of a panic/anxiety attack. Normally when I get these, it strikes me in my hands and feet first. I start feeling tingly and light headed and then the hyperventilating.
 
lately including now it's just an extreme amount of worry that pops up seemingly out of nowhere and i feel like i'm going to throw up and I feel like I'm going to cry...you know like one of those big cries where you can't stop. and I'm at work and I just cant deal with this. I'm trying the breathing but it's not working. I'm trying to think positive an it's not working. my hands are shaking while i type this and it's taken me about 20 minutes so far just to type this
 
i've been under a lot of stress lately and i have ptsd and anxiety and i think that a lot of the anxiety i've been feeling is because my 10yr reunion just passed. i didn't go because id didn't want to see some people who are still friends with the guys who raped me a few years ago so i didn't go because i wanted to avoid a trigger but they keep sending emails about it and it just passed and they sent out pictures from it and i saw the people who were friends with the guys in the pics but that was a couple of days ago and so i don't know why it's bothering me like this now if thats even what it is i don't know. today i get to leave work in about an hour and half thank god but till then i don't know what to do. my coworkers are not understanding and i'm on the phones and dealing with these people is heightening everything and i'm shaking like a leaf and rocking and i can't stop and can someone pleas help me and tell me what to do please
 
thank you
 
kathy
Endometriosis since 2002 diagnosis via laparoscopy
5 laparoscopies for Endometriosis from 2002 - present
Anxiety since 2004
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder since 2005
GERD since 2008
Fibromyalgia since 2008
Colonoscopy - 2008
Endoscopy (EGD) - 2008
 
Currently in Physical Therapy for Pelvic Floor spasms. Also for lower back, hip & thigh muscular problems.
 
* Baclofen
* Xanax for Anxiety
* Fish Oil Capsules
* Iron Pills
 
!!! At my wit's end with being "broken" !!!
 


stkitt
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   Posted 12/17/2008 9:00 AM (GMT -7)   

Kathy,

One of the best remedies for anxiety is to talk about it. Here's where good friends and family can come in. The old adage "A problem shared is a problem halved"  Do you have someone there at work you can talk to in a private place?

Take a deep breath and remember you are ok.  Just let all your muscles relax.  Perhaps get up and go somewhere to just sit in a quiet area and breath through the anxiety.  Tell youself you are going to be fine and let go of all the thoughts that are causing the anxiety.  Stay in the moment.  You are at work and your are safe.

(((((((((((((((((HUGS))))))))))))))))

Check out of new thread on this very topic..................

Link: http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=9&m=1320796 


 

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percycat
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   Posted 12/17/2008 9:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Kathy,

Those triggers - like the pictures - can definitely have a longer effect than just the few minute right when you see them. Accept that you are still shaken up by those memories and connections, but that you are safe now. As you practice breathing, try not so much to clear your mind, but to substitute good or safe thouhts for the negatives.

For example, the thought "they're friends with him" could be replaced by the thought, "I have good, caring friends" (not necessarily the same people). Let your negative thoughts point out a key word of idea that you can think of that's positive in your life.

percycat

honeyprincess21
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   Posted 12/17/2008 9:14 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm trying so hard right now to just not think and wow is that hard. its so weird because i know i have no reason to feel this way but knowing that mentally isn't changing the physical part. i wish i had someone here at work i felt comfy with. there is nobody here i trust. Thats a whole other story but the few people i did have here have left the company and so i just feel really alone.
Endometriosis since 2002 diagnosis via laparoscopy
5 laparoscopies for Endometriosis from 2002 - present
Anxiety since 2004
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder since 2005
GERD since 2008
Fibromyalgia since 2008
Colonoscopy - 2008
Endoscopy (EGD) - 2008
 
Currently in Physical Therapy for Pelvic Floor spasms. Also for lower back, hip & thigh muscular problems.
 
* Baclofen
* Xanax for Anxiety
* Fish Oil Capsules
* Iron Pills
 
!!! At my wit's end with being "broken" !!!
 


percycat
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Total Posts : 1952
   Posted 12/17/2008 9:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Kathy,

Even though we're not physically there with you right now, you're not entirely alone. There are others on the forum right now who know what it feels like to experience what you're experiencing.

It's a lot harder for me to fight down a panic attack when I am physically alone as opposed to with my fiance or a trusted friend or my doctor. Sometimes, I'll come here online when I can't get myself back under control, and it always helps to soothe me. I really hope you're able to experience some of that soothing too.

Is there a close friend you can talk to when you're done with work? Someone who you can share with, and who will be there with you, and just listen?

percycat

Green Grove
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   Posted 12/17/2008 12:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Kathy,

I'm glad you are able to get on this forum at work and talk to your friends here :) I sure hope you get to feeling better and please try not to focus on the stuff/pics that are bothering you right now.

Take care, you are in my prayers!
Much Love, Hugs, Peace & Comfort :)
TTYL,
 
Sam
 
 


Aries8
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   Posted 12/17/2008 1:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Kathy, a few things. First of all, I'm concerned that you say, "I have no reason to feel this way." That's not true and therefore your body is responding. I was raped at 17. I can relate. Friends shoved me in a closet with a man and it all happened. They wanted to know if I was a virgin. Secondly, if these people are still friends with the guys responsible for your rape, you need to get rid of them. No more communication. Actually, this is what I did. Write a letter to the guys and the people still friends with them. You don't have to mail it. Include how you felt then and how you're feeling now. I mailed my letter. This letter writing works for all kinds of anxiety. Anger with a parent, an ex....etc. Acknowledge that you have anxiety. Take care of your body physically and mentally. Take care of the child within you....good luck!
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