was this a panic attack?

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   Posted 11/14/2008 2:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I sat down with my therapist today and I had a really hard time discussing things.
I never really cry in front of people, for some reason I just can't if anyone's around.
I started to get really sweaty and nervous and had to put my head down because I felt so extremely tense it was unbearable. I htink he might have thought I was crying, but it was very very little. I feel like something's wrong with my because I can't cry.
but i got very tense and nervous felt really panic-y I couldn't bring my head out of my arms. Whats wrong with me?
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   Posted 11/14/2008 2:53 PM (GMT -6)   

  Hi behindtheseeyes

  It dose sould like you where having a P/A and I'm glad to see that you are going in for therapy, you may wish to talk with him/her about what just happened in your next appt and I'm sure he/ her can help you get through it and understand more about anxiety as it sounds like you were under alot of stress at the time

  Stick around and feel free to ask anything about you wish to and read some of the past posts, as we have so many great ppl here that can help you to understand A/P better

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   Posted 11/15/2008 9:45 AM (GMT -6)   


Just hearing you ask what happened to you reminds me of my own first panic attack.  I had know idea what was happening, I could not answer questions because I was so afraid but I did cry, then I am a cryer when I am happy, sad, depressed and really when I am anxious.

Do see you therapist and see if you can find out what his/her opinion was as he/she was with you.

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   Posted 11/15/2008 9:56 AM (GMT -6)   

Yes, do share all these thoughts and questions with your therapist. It's great that he was actually there to see what was happening - that may give him some more insight.

Please don't beat yourself up about not being able to cry. Some folks do, and some don't. If it helps you when you cry, great. If something else helps, good for that instead. If you need a way to express how you're feeling, maybe crying is the thing to "learn," or maybe not. I think what's important is being able to get your feelings out when you want to, and not how you do it. For instance, you might decide that screaming makes you feel better than crying. Something else to bring up with your therapist, I guess.

By the way, if you're taking any antianxiety or antidepressant meds, that could affect your ability to cry. When I'm on Paxil, I almost never cry, even when I feel like I want to.

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