Hey I Need Advice Please About Anxiety Attacks And Chest Pains

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BABYGHURL02
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   Posted 1/24/2007 3:41 PM (GMT -7)   

Hey Am Only 16 And Have Recently Been Diagnosed With Anxiety Attacks Due To Alot Of Things Going Thru My Life. I Want To Know If This Is Something You Can Get Rid Of...Because I Am Only 16 And Donot Want This To Destroy My Future. Acording To My Doctor It Has Been Brought On My Stress Of Exams And A Court Case In Several Months. I Have Never Been Convicted Of Anything Nor Been In Trouble With The Police Before And Over Something I Never Done I Am Being Made Out The Bad One. I Was In The Wrong Place At The Wrong Time. But I Am Worried This Recks My Life. I Get Horrible Pains In My Chest An Arms And Often Feel I Cant Breath...Is This Due To The Anxiety? Is There Any Methods I Can Use To Prevent/Stop The Attacks? Someone Please Help...Am Really Worried x mad


Howlyncat
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   Posted 1/24/2007 3:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome
Maybe try some relaxing techniques such as deep breathing .....CBT.....or meditation .....go for walks
I am sure you will make out just fine
Please keep us posted more will be here to give input I am on my way out will stop in again
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BABYGHURL02
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   Posted 1/24/2007 3:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks For Your Advice Lyn Greatly Appreciated x

harry4
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   Posted 1/24/2007 4:41 PM (GMT -7)   

read up about panic attacks on the net, they are the same thing

a valium tablet disolved under the tongue helps a lot, many attack sufferers carry a few with them whenever out

also if you can find an antidepressant med that works for you it will help a lot, such as prozac

the panic attacks wont hurt you, chest etc pains are unusual so ask doc if they may be from something else

it helps to relax and breathe deep and slow when tense or panicky

stay with us

remember, do not tense up or fight back against the attacks, let them happen


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Zenyoga4u
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   Posted 1/25/2007 6:47 AM (GMT -7)   
I know Im new here, but I wouldn't recommend meds to a 16 year old whose going through anxiety attacks...

The first thing you have to do is realize what exactly is going on with your body when having an attack. From the surge of adrenaline your body goes into a "fight or flight" response. Its your bodies way of defending itself when it senses danger. Even if the danger is in your head, your body doesn't know that. Its as if your body thinks someone is attacking you, so its preparing your body for battle. Your body temp might get colder, your eyes may fix more, your saliva could become less, your breathing altered and shallow, etc. So you have to realize, hey, theres a chemical thing going on, so, I need to do something to counter the hyper state thats coming.

The best course of action is to try to exercise if possible. Once the attack starts up, try to get up and get moving. Your body is sensing danger, so exericse to burn off the sudden rush. If you're not in an area where you can move around, (like in a classroom), try deep breathing techniques. I do something called "40 breaths". You deep breath for a count of 5, hold for a second or two, then exhale for a count of 5. Thats 1. Do the full inhale and exhale again..thats 2. Keep going till you hit 40 breaths... It takes about 10 minutes, and usually it will greatly reduce your anxiety. Note: You may have to build up your deep breathing first by doing 10 breaths, then 20, to 40 over the course of a week or two. Otherwise, you could get light headed.

Also, make sure you're getting plenty of sleep. Stick to a routine for going to bed and getting up the same time. Even on the weekends. After a few weeks of getting regular sleep, you may start waking without the use of an alarm, even on weekends.

Eat right. Anxiety can cause nausea, and while its hard to eat when your stomache is in knots, you have to eat to keep your body fueled correctly. That means plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains. Avoid caffeine (chocolate, sodas), smoking, processed and sugary foods. The up and down fluctuation of your blood sugar can play havoc on your body, so eat good foods that maintain a level blood sugar amount.

Communicate and talk with family and friends. You need to vent about your problems, and you need a good support system around you that understands what you're going through. Don't be afraid to write down your thoughts in a journal in order to express yourself.

The interesting thing about worrying is that when its all said and done, worrying doesn't do anything, but cause your body to have problems. In the end, life seems to have a way of working out. Sometimes you need to have faith (whether religious or not), that things will work out. You may need to simply tell yourself, "hey, let it go". And realize that worrying isn't going to solve the problem. You need to let things happen, because usually they happen for a reason, even if we don't know what it is at this stage in our life. One of the worst things you can do is start playing the "what if" game... because that can drive you bonkers with worry. So...learn to "let it go"...and keep a positive outlook on your life.

Sorry to have rambled on for so long, but I've read enough, talked enough with different people over the years, and been coaching HS kids long enough to know that there are better methods then meds to get through the struggles in life. However...if you ever, ever feel so depressed that suicide enters your mind...immediately see a professional and get professional help...which could then include meds. ok?

Good luck, and don't worry, things will work out in the end...it always does!

MsKittie
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   Posted 1/25/2007 10:15 AM (GMT -7)   
 
Welcome to HW you will find pleanty of support here from people suffering the same things you are. I do hate hearing your having to go thru all of this at your age this is suppose to be your good years before having to start worring about life it's self.
 
You didn't say but how is your support at home with your parents are they helping you to deal with your anxiety/panic attacks?
 
I'm sure everything you are going thru would be tough for any of us to go thru right now I can't amagin having to go thru it at 16. Please keep us posted on how you are doing and read as much as you can here in the AP forums hun it will also help you. We also have live chat on the blue line above if you would ever like to talk to someone live.
 
Hang in there hun you will pull thru this and we will all help you all we can.
(((HUGS)))
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Howlyncat
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   Posted 1/26/2007 2:38 AM (GMT -7)   
I have to say in some instances meds are required for teens
My daughter went thru a HORRIFIC event at school and still has nigghtmares and flips when she does see this particular person other mod Normal can attes to that
If not for the SMALL doseage of med Cait is on she would not sleep therefore school and her personality would be affected greatly
I do believe there are other ways and she tries them as well

Her outs are music friends and functions for now but it is to the point she takes cell to corner store and mine as to be on
SHE is TERRIFIED and rightly so

Welcome to HW you will find great ppl here and the support is phenomanal IMHO'stay with us here and read some older posts and get to know us and us you's
Take care
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albi
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   Posted 1/26/2007 3:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi to all out there!  I have suffered panic attacks for years and still have the odd nasty one now and again.  Even called an ambulance one night as I thought I was dying - very scary experience- all of a sudden i felt dizzy, then different parts of my body went numb and I couldn't breathe! Was shocked as hell when the paramedics told me I was having a panic attack as I didn't feel particualrly anxious before it happened.  There are a variety of different symptoms for panic attacks and they can be different for different people. Common symptoms from my own personal experiences are, feelings of throat closing up, feeling faint, pounding heartbeat, chest pains, numbness in hands, feet and other aprts of the body and feelings of not being able to breathe-all very scary feelings!  It's difficult for other people to understand sometimes how scary these attacks are when they don't suffer them.  They can ruin and take over your life and thats why it is so important to try and recognise and deal with them.  Easier said than done I know, but a big thing I found helped was concentrating on taking really deep breaths as soon as I felt an attack coming on.  The paramedics also told me that reading something like a magazine can help calm you down when you start to feel an attack coming on - I thought this was weird when they said it, but it works!!

MsKittie
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   Posted 1/26/2007 6:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello Albi
 
Welcome to HW are happy you have joined us here. You will find great support and friendships here. I do ask that you start a new intruction post so everyone has a chance to welcome you. If you need help doing this let me know and I will help you. Please keep posting we look forward to getting to know you better.
(((HUGS)))
   MsKittie
 
~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*  
I have an illness, My illness don't have me.
~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*                                      
 
Being happy doesnt mean everything's perfect.It means you've decided to see beyound the imperfrctions!God didn't promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, sun without rain, but HE did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears & light for the way                                        

 

 

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