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   Posted 2/9/2009 1:12 AM (GMT -6) for the past 2 to 3 months now, I have been having panic attacks every single night.  That's no lie.  I've been to the emergency room like 4 different times now.  The first time I had an attack I thought I was dying.  I'm sure all of you have felt this exact same way but here is my question....Is there anyone else here that has them every night??  Is it normal??  I mean, I have read site after site on panic disorders and such and they all say that you can't die because of a panic attack.  They say that it is not even strong enough to bring on a heart attack...your mind just thinks it is.  I just can't figure in  my own mind that someone who goes through panic attacks every night..that it doesn't bother the heart at all.  How is that possible?  Every night I go through these attacks, (don't get me wrong, some nights are not as intense as the others), but I just don't know what to do.  I don't really want to be put on medications but they are literally driving me crazy.  I just sit here and wait every single when is it gonna happen?  Can someone help me on this matter please??  Thank you.

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   Posted 2/9/2009 6:31 AM (GMT -6)   
When i first had anxiety i used to get panic attacks every night.. Everytime i would lie down to go to sleep with nothing to distract me i would end up in a big panic attack.

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   Posted 2/9/2009 7:34 AM (GMT -6)   
That is exactly when it happens....every night when I'm not sitting there thinking about anything.  I can be just relaxing and reading a book, playing on my computer or just watching some television and BOOM!  there it goes.  I just don't understand it.  What is the best route to go with this?  Medication?  I'm just really scared and not sure what to do.  Thanks again.

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   Posted 2/9/2009 9:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to HealingWell and the A & P Forum.
If you are having panic attacks daily I feel you really need to make an appointment and see your physician.
Discuss the different treatment options with your physician and the two of you will come to a mutual agreement on how best to handle your problems.
I rarely get a full blown panic attack, just high anxiety at times. 
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   Posted 2/9/2009 9:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi AuroraRavencrow and welcome to Healingwell. I really think you need to get in and see your doc. I think medication would help alot to quiet things down for you. I couldn't imagine living with these every single night. I am just happy that my anxiety only hits ocasionally. Keep us posted on what the doc says.

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   Posted 2/9/2009 12:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey there. I was having PA several times a day at my worst. I couldn't function like that and I went on medication and had some counseling. My PA were so bad that couseling alone wouldn't have helped me because I couldn't get past the constant feeling of doom. I would suggest you get a referal to a psychiatrist and/or psychologist from your general doc. A psychiatrist can prescribe meds and provide therapy. They are more experienced with anti-anxiety meds than a general doc. A psychologist can provide therapy.
Edited to say that I do not have PA that much anymore. I rarely have full blown PA. I usually just get really anxious. I have pa maybe once every few months. I can usually talk myself down by using deep breathing exercises and positive self talk.

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   Posted 2/9/2009 1:26 PM (GMT -6)   

What has been going on in your life that is stressful? I would begin a journal. Write down what has been happening in the last few months. Include good things and bad. Things that are bothering you. Maybe some past issues that you've been thinking about or are affecting you today. You need to discover what is causing these attacks.

Personally, I wouldn't go out and get medication right away unless it was something like an anti-anxiety drug such as Ativan or Xanax. Those drugs you can take just as needed. I take Ativan every once in awhile, I don't feel weird on it. It doesn't make me sleepy. I just have less anxiety.

You may not need a long term anti-depressant. I'm not a doctor, I'm just going by my experiences and the knowledge I have gained about panic/anxiety attacks. Once you find the reason behind your anxiety, you may be fine. So, a long term med doesn't make sense (at least not now).

If you need help determining what's causing your anxiety, I would make an appointment with a psychologist. Cut out caffeine and junk food. At bedtime, don't sit and wait for the attacks. Distract yourself with a good book or your journal. When the attacks do come, use positive self talk and relax. Calmly relax. You can e-mail me if you need any more help!

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   Posted 2/9/2009 1:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you all for your replies.  I am waiting to be seen by my regular physician...the wait is like 2 weeks long.  I am going to counseling now and will be starting to go on a regular basis.  Hopefully it will help out some.  I just know that dealing with this on my own isn't helping which is part of the reason why I was looking for a chat or forum for this.  I am so glad I found this site.  As I said before, thank you all for your replies and I will let you know what goes on.

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   Posted 2/9/2009 1:59 PM (GMT -6)   

At my worst, I had panic attacks several times a day, especially in the evening.  The evening is the worst for me - if I am not actively practicing relaxation, going to therapy and on medication, I will have a panic attack every single night for sure!  So you are not alone in having attacks that often, nor are you alone in having them in the evenings or at night - my panic is always at its peak then too.  And, like you, I don't have "triggers" many times - the attacks pop up totally out of the blue.

No, the cannot kill you.  I had my first panic attack at age 10 - have had them constantly for 22 years - and I am still here despite thinking that I have a terrible heart condition (my heart is as "good as gold" according to the cardiologist).  Other than putting stress on your body and being exhausting, a panic attack will not cause a heart attack.

Start with therapy right away.  A doctor might suggest medication, but I personally believe that therapy should be given a shot first before jumping into medication (although I am very supportive of medication if you need it!). 


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   Posted 2/9/2009 3:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Nice to meet you AuroraRavencrow and it seems to me like you doing great with taking care of your health, like seeing a counselor while waiting for your doctor's appt. and also by gettin on here for great peer support help :)
Take care and let us know how it all goes!
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   Posted 2/9/2009 4:25 PM (GMT -6)   
     Thank you for the hug, Nikki...that is always appreciated.
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