Constant state of panic

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Tat2me
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   Posted 8/27/2007 9:48 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm new here so hi everyone. For the past week I have been in a constant panic attack. I always feel like there is something tight around my neck. Getting tattooed usually helps calm me but I would like to hear other peoples tricks. I might find something to get me by until my apointments come up. Thanks

sundryvoid
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   Posted 8/27/2007 10:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Tat,
 
Your tattoo appointment or your doctor appointment? I would suggest seeing a doctor or thearapist about your issues. I don't know much about your situation but you could try some deep breathing techniques. Take long deep breaths for a couple of minutes. This usually helps me. I averted a panic attack just the other day with a few deep breaths. Are panic attacks new to your or have you experienced them before?
Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forewards.
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Tat2me
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   Posted 8/27/2007 10:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Dr. apointment. I have tried the deep breathing and it helps sometimes. I have dealt with my panic disorder for 7 years but it has never been this severe.

Danxiety
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   Posted 8/27/2007 10:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey and welcome.

interesting. I'm heavily tattooed ( bodysuit -- 3 + years in progress about a year to go) and found it to either be a good or bad experience getting tattooed when anxious or panicky. Infact i was supposed to get my neck tattooed tomorrow and i'm holding out because of my anxiety.

I would say if tattooing helps, then excersise will help. If you ride a bike, get out and ride some. Know and tell yourself that its ok to turn around and go home at any time. Also know that its ok to feel the way you do and a quick fix really is just that, and even though we want to feel relief right away, there are somethings that will make it a whole lot worse.

Are you having panic or bad anxiety? Its really hard to distinguish between the two, but i would say to do different thinks based on the extent of your anxiety. Know what i mean?

How long have you felt this way? Also, how long have you been getting tattooed? I'll ask some people if they have any advice.

take it easy man, and post more about how you feel if ya like.

best_
Dan
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Danxiety
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   Posted 8/27/2007 11:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Scratch what i said. Let me think about it some more. Now that you have said that you have oanic disorder, i would maybe take a different approach than excersise. Not sure though, since getting tattooed seems to bring you relief, and since i know panic is paradoxical it sometimes helps to actually take the opposite action, like excersising. But if you've been in a panic state for a week, i think the dr. is the best place to get to.

Dan
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"Breathe! You Are Alive"
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sundryvoid
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   Posted 8/27/2007 11:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I will often take a walk until I calm down. I try not to do any extensive cardio; however, a brisk walk will help to releive the adrenaline that is pumping through your system. Sometimes I find myself walking for an hour before I calm down. But it works for me and a few other people I know with pd and anxiety.

Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forewards.
 - Soren Kierkegaard


Tat2me
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   Posted 8/27/2007 11:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Dan. I'll try the exercise. I need it anyway. I do some of my own tattoos and am teaching my wife how. Don't trust her on outlining yet. Yeah, it really relaxes me. She was doing some color work on my sleeve a few days ago and It put me to sleep. It might be anxiety, I really don't know. I've been doing good up until recently. Maybe one attack a month. The last leek I have had little spurts and atleast 5-7 full blown attacks each day. I want to get this under control for my sons. They're 4 and 5 and they notice the difference and it scares them sometimes.

Life has it's ups and downs. Don't stop on the downs and you'll have what it takes to make it up.   - Me


Tat2me
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   Posted 8/27/2007 11:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, void. I'll try that too.
I took a walk in the woods today and it did help a bit. It's just so dang hot here.
Life has it's ups and downs. Don't stop on the downs and you'll have what it takes to make it up.   - Me


Danxiety
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   Posted 8/28/2007 12:36 AM (GMT -6)   
yeah, thats also what my mom does when she has an attack -- walks and walks. She said it balance your PH or something and just getting the fresh air and moving helps a lot. I ride my bike through the park to the beach -- achieving the same thing i guess. I try and keep a decent pace, but slow it down just a little so i'm not pushing myself too much. And its weird for me. When i'm having panic and i ride i feel a little buzzed, so i take it really slow at first till i feel my mind and body are more connected. When i get to the beach i take photos of birds and stuff, and write in my journal. Then i usually get back on the bike and head for home. I usually feel a lot better when i do this, but its the doing part that is sooooo hard. Getting out of my apt some times is really a struggle, but once I'm going its good. I also find it good to try and concentrate on something when i'm at the beach. Thats why i like taking photos of birds (crows are awesome). I find that following and focusing on one bird takes my attention away from me and my panic. Its a pretty good feeling.

So those are some ideas, or at least some general themes that seem to help. Light exercise, and focusing on something else. A friend of my will walk and count windows on apt buildings. Sounds old but she says it helps. Its like a mundane task to divert her mind from panic thoughts which leads to all the physical symptoms.

And definitely see your doc. 5-7 full blown attacks a day is a lot on you. Its exhausting, overwhelming, and plain annoying after a while. Also, if you want a good book to check out ( man i say this in every post on here, like i get a profit from the sales of this book) Embracing The Fear. It changed my life for sure, especially when i was in the thick of it. And it sounds like you're going through a tough time.

There's some stuff that might help ya for the time being. You'll get this under control man. Just go easy on yourself. I wish i had some advice on how to work with your sons, so they dont get scared. Maybe someone with some young ones on here can give some good advice on that.

hang tight man. you'll start to feel better. Posting here is a good start.
best_
Dan
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"Breathe! You Are Alive"
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Boomer2uall
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   Posted 8/28/2007 1:01 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Tat2me.  My name is Nick.  Welcome to our family.  I am really sorry to hear that you are in a constant state of panic.  It's scary, I know.  The first thing that I would do is see your doctor as soon as possible.  There are some medications that will help you cope.  In the meantime, try to do anything to keep your mind off the worry that is assoriated with the anxiety.  Take a nice warm bath (if you have candles the better).  Try the deep breathing and while you are doing it, think in your mind of something pleasent like walking bare foot in the sand at the beach.  Go for a small walk or listen to some music.  Read a magazine or a newspaper.  And finally, keep coming back to these forums as you will probably see a lot of people (including me) with the same problems or questions.  Try not to drink a lot of caffine which is a big stimulant.

I hope this helps you a little bit and sorry for the spelling mistakes.

Nick

 


Currently taking Paxil 40mg, Clonazapm 3mg, Seroquel 150mg, and Remeron RD 45mg daily.
 
Suffer from depression, generalized anxiety dissorder, and OCD.


Tat2me
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   Posted 8/28/2007 1:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks everyone. It's good to finally be able to talk about this stuff with someone who knows what I'm dealing with. I'll check that book out.

Life has it's ups and downs. Don't stop on the downs and you'll have what it takes to make it up.   - Me


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   Posted 8/28/2007 10:22 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi and welcome. I wish you a good stay here. I am Kitt.
 Feel free to ask any questions you may have about the site. You can email me if your having any problems you wish to bring to my attention. 

I am in panic just thinking of tats, needles, pain.........ouch. I would opt for a slow walk down a long pier.  Truly walking a nice easy pace is good for you and just look around you and take nice easy breathes.  If you still want a tat, make it say Healing Well is awesome. J

 

 


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