Right before An Attack...Paranoid?

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panicentral
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Date Joined Jun 2007
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   Posted 6/21/2007 12:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Right before I have an attack, I start getting really paranoid; like everyone around me knows and can tell.  Sometimes I think they are trying to get me to have an attack.  I know these are irrational thoughts, but I only have them right before I have an attack.  Usually I can do breathing excercises or stretching in my seat (as this usually ONLY happens when I am not in control of a situation and have to be confined to a place or situation for an extended period of time, like in class, a hairdressers chair, talking to someone in a party getting stuck).  I have sense recognized the symptoms as my attack is about to happen, so before it becomes a blown out ordeal and I have to leave, I can usually calm myself down.  I havent had an attack in over a yr...which is great. But does anyone have these thoughts, the paranoid, everyone can tell kind of thoughts>? Is this normal for some people or am I going crazy?

TammyGrl0528
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   Posted 6/21/2007 12:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there panicentral, and WELCOME to HEALING WELL. FIrst let me say you have picked a great place to come for hlep and advice. We definately have great bunch of people here!!!

Now, lemmie say, relax, you are NOT Going crazy...I promise you that. I can relate to what you are feeling, as I am sure a lot of people here can. It is part of anxiety! I have never felt that people are trying to get me to have an attack, but I have felt that people around me notice and are just watching me, like i am a freak or soemthing. In many ways, that makes the attack worse, in my opinion.

That is great that you hven't had an attack in over a year....congrats on that! Now, tell me, what is your secret to that? Ha ha ha.

Just relax, and stay here with us. You will get so much support from this message board, and even in the chat room if need be!
Dealing with panic and anxiety for 8 years off and on...right now more on than off.  Major health anxiety as well!
 
New found issues with agoraphobia...working on that too.
 
I am NOT weak, I am just down right now.  I am doing what it takes to get my life back!!!
 
Best Wishes to all...Tammy


panicentral
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   Posted 6/21/2007 12:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Tammy...I dont really feel like someone is trying to make me have an attack, its more like the fear that they all know I am going crazy inside.  I didnt word that correctly.  I have found SOOOO much help in here all ready!  I am so glad I found a place where others 'get it".  My therapist is world renound for anxiety sufferers and I just stumbled upon him here at the university.  He told me to read this book called, Dont Panic.  Its great.  One of the tips is when you start to feel a panic attack, wiggle your toes.  I know this sounds wierd, but you do it, it instantly causes you to relax, and then I sit up straight, readjust myslef in my class chair and roll my shoulders back.  That usually stops it there.  If not, I think about myself doing a yoga pose on a beach with no one else there...that usually works too.  Its a mind over matter thing.  So if you can get your mind to refocus...its worth it.
 
And I am constantly exhausted.  I know its from my anxiety..so I take a lot of naps :)
Thanks for the insight!  mUCCH APPRECIATED!

TammyGrl0528
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   Posted 6/21/2007 1:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Glad you are so comfortable here already Panicentral! Hey, that book called Don't Panic...who is it by? I am always interested in finding good reads on panic and anxiety and agoraphobia and things like that. I find comfort in reading those books, actually!

Thanks for the information!

And, I get what you are saying about people "knowing" you are going crazy inside. I always have that same fear! And, you never have to worry about looking or feelign crazy here, cuz yea, we all get it. And, everyone tries to understand and be as comforting as possible! This is a great place...you might become addicted! Ha ha ha.
Dealing with panic and anxiety for 8 years off and on...right now more on than off.  Major health anxiety as well!
 
New found issues with agoraphobia...working on that too.
 
I am NOT weak, I am just down right now.  I am doing what it takes to get my life back!!!
 
Best Wishes to all...Tammy


harry4
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   Posted 6/21/2007 3:42 PM (GMT -6)   
it al;so helps to breathe deep and slpw, dont tense up or fight back and to disolve anby valium type tablet under the tongue

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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