Just my 2 cents: Everyone's panic/anxiety attacks look a little different then everyone elses. There are commonalities but what trips yours off may be different than what trips mine off. My muscles freeze up and I feel like my head is about
2 feet above from my body.
I can not yell YES loud enough for the breathing exercises. I found that if I caught it early enough and I could force myself to take a slow and deep breath and then slowly release it that it seemed to break the tension for my body. If I didn't catch it soon enough then when I felt like it was ending then I could take that huge breath and recover faster.
I have to tell you, the sooner you get to the point of thinking, "this is not a heart attack, I'm not going to die, no one even knows something is going on in my head" it takes a lot of the immediate pressure off of you. I have talked several people down and their biggest thought in that moment was, "what if someone thinks I'm crazy?" and that just added to the pressure in their head. 99% of what is going on is internal and no one knows there is a problem so take that off your worry list.
The big thing is finding what is causing you to get to this point. Obviously, you know what those concerns are since you listed several. You will also notice that it is unlikely that you have attacks at those times. It's usually when your brain is left idle to ponder things . . . like standing in a long line. The difference is between being aware and being afraid. Always be aware as it gives you courage when you feel the fear. When I have attacks now I wait til my head clears and then start thinking about
stress items that I'm not dealing with. The answer usually lays in there. I may be terrified to deal with those items (usually interpersonal relationships with my family) but actively engaging the situation helps me feel more in control and less likely to have another attack.
You can do this! This is not beyond you! My condolences for your loss =(
Post Edited (CJGirl72) : 7/18/2013 8:57:45 AM (GMT-6)