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amit482001
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   Posted 5/13/2009 7:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi all,


My name is Amit and i am 24 yrs old. I have been experiencing panic attacks for the past week and i have had like 4 attacks since the past week.

ANd now everytime i lit a cigarrette, i feel i am gonna get one. Even today morning, i was having milk with sugar, i jst felt like i was gonna have an attack.

ANd the last two times when i had severe panic attacks was a day after heavy drinking.

SO i am not sure exactly what to do? though the doc in the ER suggested Valium.

James Jr
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   Posted 5/13/2009 8:59 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm sorry you're suffering....God knows Panic is awful, I've been dealing with it for years. IMO the best way to deal with it is to find a good psychiatrist/psychologist & therapist ASAP....tell them exactly what happened & is happening and exactly how you feel/felt.
You'll probably be prescribed some medication, which may or may not help but don't get discouraged, some meds work for some, and some don't. I'm sure there's some medicine along with therapy out there that can & will help you.
Best of luck.
 
By the way, if you're reluctant to the whole 'therapist thing', I was too....I felt like it was all BS, but in the end it's been more helpful than most any medication I've taken & I didn't even know exactly why I had my first panic attack/episode, I felt fine before-hand & BAM!, out of nowhere it just happened. Remember, sometimes your sub-conscious(sp?) is VERY powerful.
 
Again, best of luck.

dviflx
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   Posted 5/13/2009 9:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Panicking the night after heavy drinking, or just as you are lighting a cigarette, MAY suggest your sub-conscious knows this is quite unhealthy for you, and you start to panic about it. For me, I try to eliminate things that bring on panic attacks or anxiety attacks. Every little thing helps. I even try to eliminate stressful circumstances. Sometimes that isn't possible, because you can't control everything, but all you can do is try.

James Jr mentioned something very true... our sub conscious is a very powerful thing.. In fact, your whole mind is very powerful.

Best of luck m8!

amit482001
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   Posted 5/13/2009 10:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Guys or your prompt reply.

i am looking for a shrink now to help get rid of it, though in a conscious state of mind i have no fear,but i think subconsciuosly i do have.

I also heard tat talking to people who have had these panic attacks helps.

I fear travelling in the train as , i git two attacks in the train and i thought they were heart attacks

nellebutter
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   Posted 5/13/2009 1:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Amit, I a sorry you are going through this and I can relate. I agree with dviflx maybe this issue although unfortunate will help you stop smoking I lose my appetite when in in panic mode and have now lost 10 pounds that I gained from having 2 kids :). But of course who wants to go through the whole anxiety issue. I also know firsthand and have read that heavy drinking the night before can lead to anxiety maybe you should cut back on drinking too its only a temporary fix. Good luck in finding a good therapist and always come here when you need to talk ,I do and it helps a lot.

Nelle
This too shall pass...


amit482001
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   Posted 5/13/2009 8:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey thanks nelle. But just to make sure, do you still feel under the influence of the attack even after a couple of days of having it.
Coz i had me last attack on monday and i still feel a little jittery evry now and then. I am not sure if its because of the cigarrettes or wat.
And does having tea also a cause of panic attacks?

LadyBug0113
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   Posted 5/13/2009 9:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey amit!
You sound a lot like me! When I started having my panic attacks around a year ago every smoking was the absolute worst problem for me! I would take a drag and I'd like feel my whole body go into attack mode.....you asked " do you still feel under the influence of the attack even after a couple of days of having it" and the answer for me is yes. I once had one last so long that I actually went to the ER i thought i had a stroke or something! And about the drinking thing, I get the same way I'll have one sip and feel like idk scared and anxious and it makes it so you cant even get drunk to stop feeling horrible, you cant smoke can't drink you just feel like crap....i didn't however ever think of it as dviflx said it may be my subconscious cus I'll read something is bad for me then i panic when I do it lol idk im weird.....
oh and the tea thing? if it has caffiene in it you should just try to avoid it

amit482001
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   Posted 5/13/2009 9:20 PM (GMT -7)   
the sub-conscious mind sucks so much now, that i am scared even to have anything sweet.
I had 4 cigarrettes today and everytime i lit it, i was scared. I havent had coffee or tea in like 3 days and i dunno how i am gonna survive like this.
Even pouring chocolate syrup over my cereal makes me feel, like i am gonna get another attack.

I am now seriously thinking about quitting smoking and drinking, but i wonder if its neccessary to quit sugar and choclate, coz having 4 attacks in a week has scared the crap out of me.

LadyBug0113
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   Posted 5/13/2009 9:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow this is so deja vu for me haha! I have drank, smoked and drank coffee since I was like thirteen years old and my entire life I have always loved sweets, but when I first started having my attacks i cut it ALL out of my life. I haven't had coffee since Thanksgiving (it still kills me everyday lol) I really almost never drink, and I quit smoking on and off, wouldnt for a month then alot one day, now I cut down to like ten a day, some days more some less, it's really something i'd recommend cutting back on, cutting out completely is necessary and if you want to slowly ween yourself back in. To be honest no matter what you do, to me, it felt like I was screwed like some days all i needed was a smoke to completely calm me down, others i would take one hit and I'd have a five hour panic attack. but coffee was even worse for me and i really cut that out.
i know its scary. when i first quit everything it was because i was having several attacks aday every day. you do what you gotta do

dviflx
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   Posted 5/14/2009 5:43 AM (GMT -7)   
I think you've got too delve deeper into your subconscious when you are ready
for that is where the root causes of your anxiety most likely lie
and probably bother you from time to time

Nanners
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   Posted 5/14/2009 6:07 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Amit and welcome to Healingwell.  I see you have already gotten some great advice from some of our members.

I am wondering if the caffiene, nicotine and sugar amounts you are taking in is causing the increase in anxiety and panic in you.  Maybe try cutting back some on these items will help to decrease your a/p.

Good luck,

Gail *Nanners*


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amit482001
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   Posted 5/17/2009 2:22 PM (GMT -7)   
hey do any of u guys know any non prescription drug i can use in case of panic attacks
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