What has been you're craziest panic attack trigger?

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nervymeg
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   Posted 11/21/2006 12:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, just wondering what some people have had attacks over? My craziest panic phobia was drinking out of glasses I hadn't washed myself.  I was scared someone had put drugs in the bottom of all the glasses in the house when I wasn't looking. (even though I knew this was impossible - rationally).  I couldn't drink out of un-freshly washed glass for six months without panicking...Argghh!!! Now I love a good (de-caff) coffee in a cafe as much as the next person.  I also hate doing dishes!!! Anyone else got a wierd one?
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freezinginAK
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   Posted 11/21/2006 1:15 AM (GMT -6)   
  I think that the craziest one I had was after I started going to the ER from work, I stop drinking beer becouse of all the testing being done I still didn't know I had p/a and had chemical  sensitivity, I started drinking that beer and the next thing I know I was having a p/a I had my head out the window just trying to breath and sweeting like a pig in the middle of winter. My wife and kid where yelling at me to close the window and that it was probably around 0 at the time.lol

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Twiggygal
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   Posted 11/21/2006 3:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Along time ago I used to panic about eating cheese.

Long story. hahaha

Not anymore though. I don't panic about eating cheese, but I used to have panic attacks about it.



hmmmm, what else.

I've had panic attacks about having ONE drink before I realized I could have a couple drinks and be normal.


I had a panic attack once when I looked up at the sky and saw a plane flying overhead. I thought if the plane crossed a certain point I would die. Weird huh? I was CONVINCED I'd drop dead and I started panicking.

Psychosis I say! LOL or extreme paranoia.

I used to think I'd have panic attacks over EVERYTHING, but now I don't.

thank GOD!!!

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CRANKY 1
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   Posted 11/21/2006 4:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Geez...this is a fun one. 
 
The craziest thing that will send me right into a panic attack is trying to pick out a picture frame in a store.  The more variety, the faster and more furious the panic attack.  I also can't window shop.  I have to go into a store knowing what I want or need to buy.  I make a mental list of items, but once I'm in the store I can buy other things without a problems. 
 
One thing I absolutely go crazy about is returning something.  I absolutely panic, and it may take weeks or months for me to get it done.  Sometimes I'll get my Dad to do it for me, unless it's something he would disapprove of me buying in the first place.  Even though whatever item is being returned, I know I don't have extra spending money to buy frivolous things, and I hate to upset my Dad.  Even though he doesn't make any negative comments, I know he thinks them.  Just thinking about that makes me panicky.
 
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Howlyncat
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   Posted 11/21/2006 6:01 AM (GMT -6)   
My biggest thing is making sure EVERYTHING is balanced if not I go into an A/P attack lol
Havig company just "drop" by
Routine messed up I am a biggie on routine
Dishes ( dirty ) in the sink
I cant and wont get up to it

A few yrs ago I woke to a houseful of ppl and sink full of dishes not good I "said I will show you's how to do dishes and proceeded to smash them all together"
Not the brightest thing I have done BUT I did get point across
Only thing................. I had to clean up mess
Whats up with that lol
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knorwood
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   Posted 11/21/2006 12:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been sound asleep and I wake up in the middle of the night in a full blown panic attack. I have no idea what triggers them.

normalsnofun
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   Posted 11/21/2006 2:02 PM (GMT -6)   
I totally have the whole window shopping thing...My bf thinks I am nuts...But I think I am getting better. I also have trouble returning things or calling people/places on the phone...or getting in a situation without knowing what to expect...I cant stand disappointing my mom even tho theres no pleasing her...Sometimes talking about them in depth can throw me into one.
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Shebig
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   Posted 11/22/2006 12:27 AM (GMT -6)   
My biggest panic attack was when I opened a garbage can while camping and a chipmunk jumped out, I paniked so bad I fainted. Surprise, panic and crash. I've had some really awful ones, but that was the worst I have ever had.

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puppylove83
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   Posted 11/23/2006 12:06 AM (GMT -6)   
my panic attacks started when I was a teenager and it was triggered by physical and mental abuse from my family members.

Since then, intense anger, driving, being on roller coasters trigger panic attacks

nervymeg
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   Posted 11/23/2006 12:39 AM (GMT -6)   

Hey thanks for sharing guys...I remember being scared of drinking as well Twiggy, but I wish I was scared of cheese, I eat too much!!! I think a chipmunk would scare me as well, but I've never passed out from panic.  I've woken up panicking too Knorwood....usually from a nightmare.  Picture frames?? That's a good one.  I get a bit nuts about dishes as well Lyn...I hate doing them but I can't even have clean ones left on the sink,they have to be in the cupboard or else!!! Michelle are you scared of window shopping??? Puppylove, sorry to hear about the abuse.  I've had a PA on a rollercoaster too..what was I thinking..an adrenaline rush!!!!!????  Keep them coming guys yeah ((((hugs))) (((thanks)))



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normalsnofun
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   Posted 11/23/2006 5:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes I am scared of window shopping. My bf completely doesnt understand tht tho. I have to go into a stpre looking for something... I need a mission so to speak. Was in a store wit bf one day and i had to go outside and recover. he looked at me like i had 6 heads when i tried to explain.i am getting better tho. (a lil)
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Howlyncat
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   Posted 11/23/2006 7:00 AM (GMT -6)   
NM
I cannot go to bed with any dishes dirty clean in double sink and sinks have to be dried out with paper towels lol
IO also have to wash floor with pine sol or a cleaner ( addicted to PS) when I am going to bed when I get up and each dang time I go out door ..........

Cranky I am like that too with pic frames and then have to be same size and balanced on tables
Go figure
Found self buying candy dishes I must have known but didnt really "get it " but they were /are identical to ones Mom always had on tables
Cait pointed that out to me
What a life eh
Great thread
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nervymeg
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   Posted 11/23/2006 6:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey I'm a bit the same michelle, I don't browse clothes...I go on a recon mission to get what I want!! In and out in twenty seconds..I don't even try clothes on, I know my size. Pay and run.  Lyn, I'm not up to doing the floors before bed (yet) but I have it planned (almost to the minute) when I will next vacuum/mop/sweep/scrub..etc...wierd huh?  At least we're clean!! lol

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Howlyncat
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   Posted 11/23/2006 7:49 PM (GMT -6)   
LOL ....OMG a minnie me
I have a strict routine with cleaning
if I have to go out I am up by 4 do threads and get routine done
My bed is made as soon as feet hit floor
I am totally addicted to vacuuming too
Have 3 of them lol.........all differnet kinds and sizes .....I am nuts
I am a smoker and have ashtrays placed on all tables BUT I use ONE all day and ppl come in and will use that same one lol they know me well
I go off kilter if ppl come over unannounced it just throws whole dang routine and day off lol
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   Posted 11/23/2006 9:41 PM (GMT -6)   
WAL-MART!!!!!!!!!! :-)
Now that we're here, so far away,
All the struggle we thought was in vain.
All the mistakes one life can take,
They all finally start to go away.
Now that we're here, so far away,
And I feel like I can face the day.
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To be the person that I am today.  
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Howlyncat
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   Posted 11/24/2006 11:44 AM (GMT -6)   
LOL ya I hear ya in and out and sometimes it is barely even in lol
be well
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Patty B.
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   Posted 11/24/2006 2:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey all you who was dishes and do floors wanna come clean my house?
I guarantee you will feel accomplished when you clean up here :-) :-)

I had been thinking of poor John Ritter and how he died early from a tear in a blood vessel to his heart (or something like that) as I was preparing my kid's pjs for bed. I dried them up out of the tub and bent down to dry the tub, I had a flash of the thought of John Ritter's heart thing and by the time I stood back up a fraction of a second later I was already in the middle of an intense panic attack that had me go to the ER. I didn't really know what they were then but I felt stupid and never mentionned John to the doc ---oh brother eyes
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noelygirl
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   Posted 11/25/2006 8:26 PM (GMT -6)   
The craziest panic attack trigger I have is worrying about having another panic attack and then getting into this big anxiety loop!  Awful!

Beth Anne
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   Posted 11/25/2006 9:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone.  I really wanted to share with you all my weird experiences.  I have panic attacks at night when I am sleeping.  I wake up suddenly, and I think I can smell smoke.  I physically smell smoke.  I think my house is on fire.  I am frozen with fear and can't move.  What if I can't get my dogs out ok, what if I get them out and then they run away and get hit by a car?   My mind will come up with all of this in a matter of seconds.  I will get up and search my whole house for the fire.  There isn't one.   I lay awake the rest of the night.  This happens to me on a regular basis.  Two nights ago I woke up panicked, and I smelled cigarette smoke.  I thought a stranger was in my house trying to kill me.  I froze with panic.  I finally got up to check the house, it was nothing.  I can really smell the smoke.  Some times I think my hall way looks smokey too.  I know this is strange.
 
 
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nervymeg
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   Posted 11/26/2006 7:42 PM (GMT -6)   
That's not wierd at all Beth.  Do you have smoke alarms?? Maybe that would help with the panic.  I'm terrified of going to the bathroom at night...I watched too many poltergiest movies as a kid!!  I'll clean your floors patty...me and lyn could tag-team!!! lol.  Does anyone else just have to think of a spider and start panicking????

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   Posted 11/26/2006 9:10 PM (GMT -6)   

I am new to the site and have been battling with anxiety/depression for at least the past 15 years plus, I have been to speak to psychs, but never tried any medications. I am thinking about trying some out, any sugggestions, should I give in - or stay the course. I have a successfull career, lots of friends and great family. I find the only thing that helps me stay or remain calm is drinking, mostly beer and wine, it is a constant battle with the voices in my head. I had an attack today, which brings me hear...any help is appreciated.

thanks

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nervymeg
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   Posted 11/26/2006 10:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Eros and welcome.  Those voices are no fun huh? A lot of us here are on different medications.  I find that a little valium is better than relying on beer/wine, but all things in moderation are fine.  Viva la beer!!!!! Have you talked to your doctor/psych about going on an anti-depressent? They don't seem to help me but they really help some people here.  I'm sorry to hear you had an attack, but I'm very glad it brought you here.  Everyone is lovely and supportive.  If you need to email me for anything just hit that little envelope icon.  Stay strong and keep us posted. :-)
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   Posted 11/26/2006 11:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I've never had an actual panic attack. However, I'm deathly afraid of spiders. I used to have intense "performane anxiety." Shortly after facing that fear, I was a worship leader and sang in front of 500+ peeps.
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   Posted 11/28/2006 11:54 PM (GMT -6)   
My weirdest trigger, my road test. I had to take the test for my driver's license 4 times because I was so nervous I couldn't concentrate. That was almost 15 years ago and not an accident yet... (knock wood.)

nervymeg
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   Posted 11/29/2006 2:49 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm not a big fan of driving either redshoe.  I had a bad anxiety attack today...I was in the post office trying to send x-mas presents overseas and I forgot to breathe...oops!! Fortunatley the guy behind me caught me when I got woozy (very embarrasing but could have been worse - I didn't actually pass out) does anyone else forget to breathe??

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