What does everyone do when having a panic attack?

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chowch
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   Posted 11/12/2007 2:53 AM (GMT -7)   
I was curious as to what people do when they are having an attack. My therapist asked me a fortnight ago and I have some weird rituals!!! I look for my mints in my handbag, sometimes I just start talking to anyone (I may not even know them!), I get up and leave whatever situation I am in, I jump from one foot to the other. These are strange but I was wondering why we do these distraction things. My therapist doesn't want me doing any of the above and just riding with the attack.....not nice.


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   Posted 11/12/2007 5:44 AM (GMT -7)   
IF it works for you .....do it .......

I take offf out into nature or go for long car rides with tunes cranked....the oldies of course lol

BUT when in a really bad one I clean and clean and ..did I say clean ....and there is nothing really to clean...........I find things to do ya know ........

Yep I know I am a lost cause

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   Posted 11/12/2007 7:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Lyn,

I clean too! I truly do! It helps to take my mind off it some. Plus, I have OCD when it comes to cleaning, so I don't mind to do the cleaning...it relaxes me, ya know?
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   Posted 11/12/2007 8:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Tammy and Lyn,
 
I invite you to my house to have a panic attack please..............clean to your hearts content.
 
Chowch
 
I find I spin my wheels and can't think so I will call someone and talk it through,  I cry too as it lets off the tension of trying to hold in the anxiety.
 
If I am in public and I feel anxious or fearful I leave the situation and give myself permission to know that it is okay to take care of me.
 
I have many quirks to set up ahead of time to avoid the panic or anxiety that I know a situation may trigger.
 
Take care and keep posting.  We are here for you.
 
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   Posted 11/12/2007 10:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi chowch
when I'm having a panic attack I can't really do much. I get physically affected by it and I feel like my mind is out of my body so I really don't have control over my body. I usually just collapse and cry until the attack goes away. After the panic attack is gone I just lay down or sit down until I'm calm enough to do things again.
Like Lyn and Tammy I clean when I have an anxiety attack though. Cleaning makes me feel better and take my mind off of other things that worry me. I also go for a long walk when I have an anxiety attack.
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   Posted 11/12/2007 10:30 AM (GMT -7)   

I pace, talk to myself, talk to someone else, leave whereever I am, try to distract myself from the feelings I'm having.  Whatever it takes to get me through.

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   Posted 11/12/2007 2:00 PM (GMT -7)   
When I'm having a panic attack I have a lot of physical reactions. I tend to tug on my hair, clench and unclench my fists, curl my toes, and pace. I also will stop breathing correctly if I don't focus so I end up taking a lot of shallow breaths because I feel like it's all I can manage.

When I get this way I call someone. I have a firm support system in place (Mom, 2 sisters, BF, and best friend). I will call any one of them and all I say is "talk to me." They know by now that means I'm having a panic attack and they will just start talking about anything and everything. Usually it's just telling me about their day or telling me a funny story or something. After a while I start to relax because I'm focusing on listening to them and eventually I start to respond. They will talk to me until I'm fully able to engage in the conversation and I feel OK. I really do find this works best for me. I guess it sort of forces me to get out of my own head. If you have someone or multiple people you trust, I'd suggest trying this! It beats trying to get through it all alone.

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   Posted 11/12/2007 2:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh yeah, and if I am in public when this happens, I remove myself from the situation. If I'm in a restaurant I go into the bathroom and try to talk myself through it while taking deep breaths (or I call someone in my support system on my cell). If I can get through it and go back to whatever I was doing, I will. But if I can't then I try not to be too hard on myself. I always like to tell myself "Hey you made it through [insert amount of time here] and that's better than nothing, or better than last week..." etc.

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   Posted 11/12/2007 5:32 PM (GMT -7)   

I try to get to my mp3 asap, and crank the tunes and pace, clench my fists, try to breathe normally, try to ignore that i feel like im burning up, try to stop my mind from spinning, splash lots of cold water on my face, anyhting i can untill it slows and i can retake full control..

 


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   Posted 11/12/2007 8:19 PM (GMT -7)   
When I have one I will run outside it seem's like the fresh air help's.
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   Posted 11/12/2007 10:08 PM (GMT -7)   
great thread!

I guess for me it depends on the time and the severity of the attacks. If its during the day, and i get hit with a wave (that physical burning wave) I try and take something right away, like ativan. Usually that does the trick, but it usually only holds for so long, so I try and exercise, get fresh air and not hibernate -- really easy to hide inside for me. Try, not always successful. I guess i do the same if i wake up having one in the middle of the night. I try and take something and relax. I'm learning not to fight it, but invite it in. The hardest thing to do, but it has helped in the past. If i feel the physical symptoms start, before i jump to a med, i literally say "bring it on panic" Sounds really goofy and it doesnt always work, but a few times it knocked the feeling right out.

After attacks, i try and work it out. Get outside, ride my bicycle, walk, breath, call my mom, and just let time pass by keeping myself busy... What is it with time standing still when you have panic? Ugh, that's really hard to deal with...

I think i need some fresh air now. I feel a little bit funky tonight. take care,
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   Posted 11/13/2007 1:25 AM (GMT -7)   
I suffer from severe acid reflux (24/7 burning pain) and I am still waiting on proper treatment but waiting for appointments between GI doctors seems to take an entire life time it seems to get help.  In the mean time I have been experiencing severe panic attacks every other day for the last 2 months.  If it isn't a panic attack it's a migraine headache.  What I usually do is clean, straighten up things, take a very long drive or walk to the post office or store etc.  Setting a constructive chore can be extremely helpful. Mowing the lawn, doing dishes, cleaning the house, doing laundry, changing the oil in my car, etc etc. For me, it's like I become super-ADHD and can't sit still or concentrate and try not to freak out. And these disturbing attacks would last for days sometimes and once ended me up in the ER because I completely lost all connection with reality. Recently I discovered that if keep saying to myself that this is just a sensatition, it's going to pass and that it will not kill me it would end quicker (a few hours at most).  I would eventually pass out and lay twitching on the bed and try not to give in to the obsessive anxious thoughts that occur with them. 
 
Eventually, what I ended up doing is going to a psychologist and she prescribed me Remeron and Xanax.  Both of these help with the problem tremendously (only 1 anxious pre-panic attack so far that never developed full blown and only lasted a minute or two).  Xanax can be habit forming but my acid reflux is assuring that it won't.  Also, the migraine headaches have disappeared. 
 
I did try Valerian root that I picked up at the Herbal store and that helped me get to sleep on occasion before I got on the meds. Melatonin supplement is another one I tried but felt Valerian Root was a lot more natural feeling and helped calm the nervous system. 
 
Good luck, this is one crazy time for all of us suffering!
 
 

chowch
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   Posted 11/13/2007 2:21 AM (GMT -7)   
My therapist said that the best thing to do is to avoid your safety behaviours, and as Danxiety said say "Bring it on!" Because you are mentally ready for it they tend not to come or are less severe.....what does everyone else think of this?
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   Posted 11/13/2007 4:35 AM (GMT -7)   
I do an eight second breath cycle. 3 in, 5 out. Also having some water and just recognising that it is just a panic attack nothing more.

Howlyncat
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   Posted 11/13/2007 6:57 AM (GMT -7)   
I like Curley and Dan take to the outdoors

It always seems to help me whether I am in a car listening to oldies or just walking and looking at nature ..........

This time of yr I love to scrunch up all the leaves and go thru them just like I did when i was a youngin and I will also pile up enough to kump right in them .....

LOVE it ..........yeppers I clean up my mess .........

Great thread as ya said Dan.......
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   Posted 11/13/2007 1:33 PM (GMT -7)   
I have only had 3 panic attacks. I had them at home so I wasn't in a public place around anyone. I collapsed on the floor in my bathroom and just cried. I really couldn't do anything. The last one was so bad my head was spinning and I felt outside of myself. It was weird because I couldn't control anything. All I could think about was how I felt I was going to die so...but when I have an anxiety attack, I clean. I pace. I sit staring into space thinking. I am very quiet. I am outside the world. I felt totally disconnected to everyone and everything. It is a strange feeling most of the time. I listen to music alot, it seems to sooth me. Writing and painting also helps me. Sitting outside in the fresh air is nice also. I like to just sit and look at the world and take in the environment. I guess thats about it. I am realy tired. No sleep last night so I am not really functioning right now. Ok. Take care!

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   Posted 12/3/2007 10:35 AM (GMT -7)   
what would you consider a "panic attack"

stkitt
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   Posted 12/3/2007 11:08 AM (GMT -7)   

Hey there,

Here is my definition of a Panic Attack

An episode of acute anxiety that occurs unpredictably with feelings of intense apprehension or terror, accompanied by shortness of breath, dizziness, sweating, trembling, and chest pain or palpitations. The attack may last several minutes and may occur again in certain conditions.

The sudden attack builds quickly (usually within 10 minutes) and is almost paralyzing in its severity. The length of the attack is individual.

Hope this helps you.

Hugs to you and keep posting.

Kitt


 
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