Anxiety and panic attacks

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   Posted 10/4/2017 6:44 AM (GMT -7)   
my husband passed away suddenly 1month ago.since then i have had anxiety and panic attacks,some days i will get them off and on throughout the day.then there are days where i will have a full on anxiety and panic attack where i end up in hospital this has happened twice.i have had ECG test done aswell as others plus been to my local GP and all test have come back clear nothing wrong.wen it happens i feel numb,dizzy fear of being alone cant breathe feels like my throat is tightning closing up .want to vomit sudden drop/falling feeling in middle of chest trembling constant shaking.i dont want to sleep.tingling sensation .after a while i come tight im back to normal,the second someone brings up what happens or mentions anything bang it happens again anxiety and panic attack kicks in.ive been told im ok theres nothing wrong but it still scares the crap out of me
Please help i dont know how to deal with this or what i can do to make it better.

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   Posted 10/4/2017 7:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Helli MB3 and welcome.

I am so very sorry to hear of your tragic loss! Shock and grief are of course triggers for what you're experiencing right now.

How is your support community currently? Do you have people with whom you feel safe and can talk about things?

How about a grief group, such as Grief Share? Reaching out to others is important, as you've done here.

Did your doctor recommend help through about a rescue med (benzodiazepine) for the really bad attacks? If not, these are things that I woukd ask about by making a consult appointment specifically regarding the anxiety/panic.

For now, here is the link to our Resources. Have a look at the videos for managing panic attacks, as well as the Stress Relieving Exercises and the meditations. If you continue to worry about your physical health due to the symptoms you are having...check out the Super will explain a lot.

Keep posting with us as well if you find it helpful. We will be here to listen, understand, care...and support is key.


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"Courage is not the abscence of fear, it is feeling afraid and doing it anyway!"

"Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its empties today of its strength."
Corrie Ten Boom

Panic Syndrome recovery due to CBT

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   Posted 10/4/2017 7:47 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm so sorry for your loss. I can't even imagine how to deal with that.

I have one question for you. Have you seen a grief counselor?

The grieving is taking over your body right now. You may not have anxiety DISORDER, but this definitely is situational anxiety/panic being driven by grief.

Please, take the first step and see a counselor if you have not already. You may want to schedule an appointment with a psychiatrist as well. They may be able to prescribe you something that will help with the symptoms for now.

My prayers are with you!
Diagnosed With: Bipolar Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder
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   Posted 10/5/2017 7:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Mybabies3,

There are stages of grief ---

Although anxiety/panic attacks are not specifically listed they are part of the grieving process. The anxiety/panic attacks as well as the other physical symptoms are normal for what you are going through.

Please speak to your Dr. about medications that can be of help. As mentioned by others, grief counseling would also be helpful.

I am very sorry for your loss --- peace, blessings, love and light during this very difficult time.

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   Posted 10/5/2017 1:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi there,

I am so terribly sorry for your loss. The others are right, seeing a grief counselor could be highly beneficial for you at this time.

I am a LMHC who specializes in anxiety and panic attacks, and I can tell you that the reason they are continuing is because you fear them, as without fear they cannot exist. After a while, they become a repetitive cycle of thinking- first you feel un[pleasant emotions (i.e. racing heart, dizziness, etc.) then you have thoughts that relate to the physical symptoms (I will go crazy, pass out, etc.) and lastly, you become afraid of these thoughts.

Since you stated that you received a clean bill of health, I would suggest you challenge these attacks when you are feeling ready to do so by staying put and not fleeing when they occur and observing them instead of engaging them (i.e. walking side by side with your anxiety and welcoming it-what you resist, persists). Most of the things we actually fear that can happen during a panic attack cannot-like passing out (our bp goes up not down.)

I hope this helps.
Feel Good,


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   Posted 10/6/2017 8:16 AM (GMT -7)   

I’m so sorry for your loss and can’t imagine how rough this has been. The stress and loss is definitely a trigger. Like others have suggested speaking with someone will help. Have you tried meditation? It helps me a lot along with crying and praying. Seriously, I tend to hold these feelings in and they build up and so does my anxiety. My anxiety then leads to panic attacks.

As Faith mentioned the fear is what allows them to occur. I’ve been reading a book on anxiety and it is definitely me. I fear having panic attacks or failing and there it comes all over again.

Faith- What do you recommend as help for us who fear the anxiety?

Positive mantras help me a lot and Christian music.
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Currently trying liquid fluoxetine 1mg at a time.

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 10/6/2017 8:30 AM (GMT -7)   

CBT has proven a really helpful tool for many people who fear the anxiety...thus perpetuating the cyle of worry.

One of the key principles of Cognitive Behavioral therapy is that our thoughts direcetly correlate to how we feel. Therefore working to get our thinking in line with positive/rational/reassuring patterns helps us to accept the anxiety as nothing harmful.

CBT can be done with a licensed therapist or through self help workbooks/online programs. (see our Resources at the top of the main forum page here for great material to work with)


"Courage is not the abscence of fear, it is feeling afraid and doing it anyway!"

"Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its empties today of its strength."
Corrie Ten Boom

Panic Syndrome recovery due to CBT
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