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Date Joined Mar 2009
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   Posted 3/7/2009 3:02 PM (GMT -6)   
hey everyone , im justen
im 14 and I suffer from a few panic attacks daily

after my panic attacks my heart still beats really fast for a long time and I feel exhausted
it kinda has ruined my social life , the chest pains scare me and all I wanna do is lay down

I feel like there's no one who really gets it , I try to tell the doctors about what I feel everyday and they actually thought I was a teenage drug user . they continuously tell me there is nothing wrong but its like I can feel it . but maybe that's just the anxiety . I can be very calm in class doing my work and my heart will just begin to pound as if im running a marathon.

I also feel depressed , at times i just cry because I feel like I have no control over my body anymore.
there was recently a pep rally at school and I was doing what every one else was , just dancing and having fun then I felt my heart beat , beating against my chest walls . I could hear it , over all the loud commotion , my heart just pounding in my ears . I told someone to feel my heart and they thought I was dying , so did I . so this has completely ruined me doing normal teenage things .

my biggest problem is , my peers don't seem to have felt this before and don't understand and can't relate to how I feel so I can't talk to them and when I do they just say "calm down" but in reality they don't get it and act as if its no big problem . and the adults such as my mom who has had this before just says "sit down" or "don't think about" after feeling my heart beat. but its easier to say than to do . sometimes I feel my heart will beat so fast tha it won't stop until im dead and that my shortness of breath will never end .

I REFUSE to take meds for this , I want to deal with it on my own which feels impossible right now but I know it isn't . can anyone please help me ?
14 years old with <b>panic attacks & anxiety</b>

yeaa it sucks !

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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 3/7/2009 4:03 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Justen,  I have suffered from anxiety and panic since I was 5 so i know what you are going through and so does everyone here.  I currently take meds and CBT therapy.  Have you ever tried any therapy?  CBT therapy would be a great thing for you to do for yourself, you will learn coping skills and you'll be able to talk about what you go through with someone that will be able to help you.  It gives me a little bit of peace knowing that I'm not hopeless and it really can get better.  I know it's really hard being a teenager with panic and you have to grow up extra fast but remember that you are not alone.  It's great that you recognize what's going on and are doing something about it.. you have to be a fighter.  smilewinkgrin   Please keep posting and let us know how you are doing.



Georgie Girl
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   Posted 3/7/2009 4:14 PM (GMT -6)   

Oh gosh, Justen, I am sorry you are dealing with all these feelings.  I too suffer from severe anxiety, so bad that I have even been hospitalized for it.

Everyone is different but I defnitely could not deal with this without some medication.  It takes trial and error to find the right meds but it's worth it in the end. 


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   Posted 3/7/2009 4:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcoem to HW Justin and
KNOW you are not alone
I too was an early person to anxiety and panic
A bit younger than you though
This dang anxiety will kick you in the teeth and knock you about IF
YoU let it
There are ways to fight w/o meds like Cognitive behavioural Therapy ......
Relaxation Techniques
Breathing Exercise
AND here with the caring and support of this wonderful family who know what you are going thru
PlZ check out the resources at top for the info I mentioned in yellow sticky
and DO stay with us
You are not alone any longer
I also would suggesst talking to your doc /parents ect
A support system is tantamount to helping fight this

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   Posted 3/8/2009 7:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Justen, I read your post and just couldn't stop thinking about it. I was also 14 when I had my first attack. Soon after my Grandpa died. That's when it all started. So I understand what you're going through. I missed a lot of things because of it - Now, I'm 42 and I still struggle. Not as bad, only when I abuse the things I consume and am away from God. I know drugs have helped a lot of people; however, I take nothing. I too didnt want to take them because guess what - I panic thinking I'm going to die taking pills!! My Dad died because of medication he took over the years, he too suffered from panic attacks I later discovered....and his kidneys got messed up. I used to take Xanax, after HE died and got really hooked on them (and alcohol but that's another story). I panicked about it. So I got myself off of that and swore I'd never do that again. Now I know that was a long time ago and medication has changed for the better - I get that, but in MY mind, well - you know our minds are very controlling. My mind is no different - I still panic about medication - it takes a LOT of pain for me to even take extra strength Tylenol! For me, what helped for the last 9 years, was strengthening my faith...having a strong connection with people who also deal with this helps tremendously because let me tell you, those that have never had to deal with this, just don't get it. They think it's something you can turn on and off...but there are many people who get it and the more you can talk about it, get it off your chest, the better. Even though I have had it under more control, doesn't mean it goes away least for me it hasn't. I just know how to combat it better, but I still fall short at times -like thinking I'm "cured" so I stop paying attention to my diet, then wham! Here I am with an attack. My 15 year old has even had a few attacks, and I cry because I know where she gets breaks my heart. I know how you feel, to feel so helpless and alone - I was there, but nothing is impossible. She's doing it, so am I. I dont know your situation, but my daughter came to me and I knew exactly what was going on and I was able to get her the help she I encourage you to talk to your parent(s) and if you can't, find someone you can - maybe a counselor at school - someone who you can makes a world of difference...the years go by so quick - you dont want to wake up at 40 and have missed out on things because of can't get those years back.

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   Posted 3/8/2009 7:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Justenn,

I remember the pep rallies, parties and classes and your age where I had to leave the auditorium or was pressing my hand to my chest the whole time. Stuck and miserable. So I can relate! You are not alone. But you can do something about it!

Your post drug up so many emotions for me...I had my first panic attack at 10 years old. I was at summer camp and remember every detail. I had little to no support for years of daily attacks and anxiety until I found the courage to be proactive and force my parents to seek help for me at 18. So sad to have wasted all those years without support. I still struggle to this day - but support of my family, therapist, friends and medications are invaluable.

I would strongly encourage you to find your voice and explain to your mom that you need some professional help. I would start with a therapist or doctor first - see what they think. Don't discount medications if you need them, even though they sound scary. Use this forum or others to find a support network - I think that you would be surprised how many people your age have similar issues. There are so many resources to help get you through this...take advantage of them and know that you aren't alone in your struggle.

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   Posted 3/8/2009 9:37 AM (GMT -6)   


Good morning and welcome to HealingWell.  I am going to post a link for you for a self help online free CBT program. Just click on the link.


Cognitive-behavioral therapy is based on the idea that our thoughts cause our feelings and behaviors, not external things, like people, situations, and events. The benefit of this fact is that we can change the way we think to feel / act better even if the situation does not change.

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   Posted 3/9/2009 2:19 AM (GMT -6)   
justenn said...

 so this has completely ruined me doing normal teenage things .

I REFUSE to take meds for this , I want to deal with it on my own which feels impossible right now but I know it isn't .
Hi justenn, welcome to HW. Sorry we have to meet under these circumstances. I got Panic attacks at 10, and was finally diagnosed and medicated at 14yrs of age. I remember the total hell i went through and to be honest, my heart ached when i read your post. You are NOT alone. You are surrounded by people here who understand. I thought id never manage, cope, survive etc, and i have had many bad experiences, but i managed to get to university and get a double degree and enjoy great friendships and have a fulfilling career.
As a high school teacher, i have to ask, do you have a good school counsellor or a teacher whom you feel you could talk to? thats part of the reason i became a high school teacher- to help kids that were struggling quietly on the sidelines.
If you dont mind me asking, why do you 'refuse' to take meds? They helped me immensely and continue to. I hope you can find some relief, and keep us posted. i am just so sorry, your words take me back a long time. my teenage years were far less traumatic after i was diagnosed and medicated. i understand that not everyone is comfortable with the concept of meds, but they worked for me. CBT has also been proved very helpful for many people who suffer panic and anxiety.
Hang in there, dont give up and dont give in- you would be amazed at how understanding certain adults can be- is there anyone you can confide in? if not remember we are always here.
Maz XX
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