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   Posted 1/11/2008 4:34 PM (GMT -6)   
does anyone have any tips or suggestions that help when you're in crowded areas?
if i go anywhere alone, or if i go into a restuarant, a store, anywhere i get so nervous of the amount of people that i get really hot and start to panic and forget to breathe sometimes. sometimes i can even feel my heart stop for a second if i get really nervous. it drives me crazy because i just wish that i didn't care and it didnt bother me. but everyone i talk to doesnt really understand how scared i get of crowds of people. any suggests?

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   Posted 1/11/2008 4:47 PM (GMT -6)   

don't feel abnormal about this, I get really freaked by crowds as well. Unfortunately they are a life hazzard. I find preparing myself mentally before going out helps. I know it sounds lame, but I picture that everyone is going to annoy me and then when I get out there I count how many actually do. It gives me a feeling of control I guess!!!! Good luck, take some deeeeeeeeep breaths and maybe think about talking to your doc if it gets really unbearable....it's a nasty thing xxx nm

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   Posted 1/11/2008 5:51 PM (GMT -6)   
LOL good way to think
I do have the same issue but not as bad lately OR so I thought
I did run into this just today and got so flustered at self that by the time I left I had not even gotten the groceries I wanted too ...Dang that ticks me off .......I have had a space in my head lately for no apparent reason cuz there is only air there I am sure.
Do not feel alone as you are not when it comes to this...more than almost all a/pers go thru this sometime in their lives ........breathe..think silly thoughts to self ( dont say out loud lol) and get in and out but KNOW you are going to be ok
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Date Joined Dec 2007
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   Posted 1/12/2008 1:56 PM (GMT -6)   
this is so weird...
but my main fear is that if i walk in somewhere someone i know will see me, but i wont see them.

so i always look around to make sure.

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Date Joined Jan 2008
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   Posted 1/12/2008 2:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Well I started having horrible panic attacks when I was 15 (4/5 years ago) and I noticed I would get them in small, crowded places (mostly buses and malls). So I understand, I would try to slow my heart down by not breathing, but IT MAKES YOU FEEL WORSE! (I have recently started noticed my panicy feeling coming back again (mostly when I don't take my medication, but I take xanax and I don't know what I would do without it. I did good without it though for some time and here are some tips if you can not go on medication.

My psychiatrist gave me a really good exercise (it's not a breathing technique because they don't work for me.)
You sit down with your feet propped up and start from one side of you body to the other side. You close your eyes and slightly open your mouth with you tongue touching the roof of you mouth. Then you put your arm up and tell your self that it is getting warm and expanding then do this with like your fingers, legs, feet, etc. (It's a slight hypnotic thing)

But since you can't do that in public, try just going to a restroom and closing your eyes for a few minutes, to get your breathing back to normal or think of the ocean and a hot breazy day or something relaxing.
(I have yet to find something that naturally cures me, mine kick on when I'm not even worried or thinking about anything.)
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