Crowded area made me panic

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   Posted 11/7/2006 8:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Tonight I was in a crowded store and I got so anxious. I was dizzy, spacy and felt like I just needed to run out the doors. Well it's almost an hour later and I can't seem to bring the anxiety down I'm feeling so spacy and having that feeling of pure fear.
This is such a horrible feeling.

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   Posted 11/7/2006 11:16 PM (GMT -6)   
*huggggggs* I know how that is as I get like that in crowded stores too, just absolutely panicky!!! And sometimes the panic doesn't wear off even after you leave the store.

Just take deep breathes, clear your mind, and try to distract yourself with something like singing or humming or drawing and watching TV at the same time.

It's a horrid feeling and I feel it every time I take a step into Target or somewhere crowded. When you're in the store, just breathe deep, and grab something to look at and try to ignore the people around.

I went to Walmart the other night and there were just WAY too many people and I was panicking and could hardly focus, but I just breathed calmly and said 'these people aren't gonna hurt you, and I can get through this."

"I can get through this" is the only thing I could say when I first started going into stores and having full blown panic attacks in them.

I hope you're feeling better now tho.

Let me know!!


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   Posted 11/7/2006 11:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I am feeling a little better. I drank some calming tea when I got home and that relaxed me a bit. I have to agree it's a dreadful feeling when I panic sometimes it feels like the walls are caving in.

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   Posted 11/8/2006 4:57 PM (GMT -6)   

agoraphoibia actually means terror of and flight from the market place so crowded malls or markets are a common probem

breathe deep and slow, relax, accept, dont tense up or fight back and do look at peoples eyes and faces, dont pretend  no body else is there, take an interest in their clothess and hairstyle and the products they are buying, highly advertised or generics??

it helps if you can park your car outside so you can see it thru the front window

recovered former longtime anxiety and panic attack sufferer and helper of other sufferers  but no training or  qualifications in medicine or psychology, any remarks that may be taken as advice must be confirmed with doctor or other health professional

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   Posted 11/8/2006 5:12 PM (GMT -6)   
hey georgia, I hope you are feeling better!! Im feeling kinda bad right now, my whole body just feels really unrelaxed and kinda shaky, I feel like if I tried to relax I couldnt. I hate the feeling too!! Hope you feel better!!!

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   Posted 11/8/2006 6:35 PM (GMT -6)   

*HUGS* Hope you have been able to calm down I have the same problem with crowded places. I put off most shopping because of this. Personally for me it helps to have someone with me who i consider "safe". I unlike harrys suggestion tend to tunnel vison. I try and tune out as much as I can to minimize the closing in feeling.

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