How long does your anxiety last?

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   Posted 10/7/2006 11:27 AM (GMT -7)   
I was out talking to some friends earlier, was out there for about 1hr. about 35 min into my visit with them I realized I was relaxed. As soon as I realized it, I started getting that anxious feeling again, and now I still have it. Man this feeling sucks eggs. I always heard about this disorder but never thot it'd be me. I mean I figured if I didn't have it by now(33) that I'd never have it. I really hope this is just a phase for me, and next week i will be at a different place sad

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   Posted 10/7/2006 11:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh my question;

Do you experience panic attacks/chronic anxiety... daily, hourly, weekly, monthly, or sporadically?

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   Posted 10/7/2006 11:40 AM (GMT -7)   
For me conquer,
I could go a few days without an episode. However, when one comes there's always more to follow that day. They can last from a few minutes (being next in line waiting to pay for something) to a few hours (panicing over something I have no control of) to days (if I or someone I know is sick). just examples, but it's to let you know that it varies for me.
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   Posted 10/7/2006 12:04 PM (GMT -7)   
I think there are really two seperate questions here.
There is a huge difference between chronic anxiety and a panic attack.
Chronic anxiety as the name suggests is an almost constant condition, probaby lasting for days at least, whereas a panic attack is an acute fear and shorter just felt like a lifetime.
My panic attacks were usually caused either by being in specific places or situations, or by an anxiety build up from knowing that I was going to be in those places.  The latter usually resulting in not going to that place.  Like JKRsGirl being in a queue to pay for something was a guaranteed panic until I found my solution.
Other times, and probably the worst was the one that took me completely by surprise, anywhere, anytime and totally unexpected.  Usually shorter(minutes) but much more intense.

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   Posted 10/7/2006 12:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Jethro, thank you for that correction. It's only been two days for me....well not even a full 48hrs since it started at bedtime. Anyway if this is what chronic anxiety feels like(constant) I'd take a few panic attacks rather than having a constant day of anxiety with an hr or two of calm(heart racing, headaches etc)

I'll stop complaining now. Here's to having a new perspective after a good nights sleep.please pray that sleep comes easy for me tonight lol!

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   Posted 10/7/2006 2:07 PM (GMT -7)   
No problem, feel free to come and complain
A good vent will do you more good than keeping it to yourself.
Have a good nights sleep, think calm, feel calm and be calm.  Wake up relaxed and happy, and start the day with a smile. yeah
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   Posted 10/7/2006 3:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi I Will Conquer,

That's happened to me when my anxiety is really high and seems constant that as soon as I notice that i'm relaxed I start getting anxious because I think being calm something must be wrong. (I know it sounds strange I think it's just my anxiety of always thinking something is wrong)

This summer I had chronic anxiety with panic attacks here and there. But all last year I just had panic attacks every once in awhile and then peroids of anxiety but nothing like this summer. Hang in there and just keep posting it really helps.


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   Posted 10/7/2006 4:45 PM (GMT -7)   
I think this is quite common, you suddenly realise you're calm which makes you question and even disbelieve your feelings. The fact that you are thinking anxiety again starts it off.  You are actually telling yourself, 'I should be anxious, whats wrong.'  In other words, you become anxious!
The same thing happens if you use distraction methods.  You start concentrating on something else for a while but you just have to check back to see if your a/p has gone...and off we go again. 

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   Posted 10/7/2006 5:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Conquer,

Welcome to HW! This is such a wonderful and supportive group, I hope you will stay with us! As for me, I have anxiety just about every day... as for how often, it depends on the situation. My panic attacks are much less frequent, and are more under control since my doc upped my anti-depressant med, although I still get them (so I guess my answer to that question would be sporadically). Are you on any meds? Therapy? Both have helped me a lot, and I am not willing to give up either one now or possibly ever. Both have improved my life tremendously.

(((Hugs))) and well wishes coming your way!

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   Posted 10/7/2006 5:51 PM (GMT -7)   

Conquer, I am very much so in agreement with the others. Jethro makes a very good point in first posting. There is a major difference between chronic anxiety and a panic attack. Some people may have anxiety and never experience a full blown panic attack. Others may experience panic attacks (which usually are short lived, up to 10 minutes or so) for a short period in their life and then overcome this and never have a problem again. Then again some and in my opinion most, just like myself, suffer from the chronic anxiety as well as panic attacks. I had my first panic attack when I was 22 and went through approximately 1 year and a half of tests and insensitive doctors before I found one that was able to diagnose me. Now I do not say this to discourage you but more so you may understand. You must be completely truthful with doctors - I was embarrassed and thought I was nuts which caused me to hold back and just 'believe' what the doctors said to me. I am 29 now and I still battle this disorder. It is severely aggravated for me during times of change in my life (ie: moving, grievance, job hunting, driving in new areas, etc) however, I have gone through periods of what I like to refer to as 'comfortability' where I have gone months w/o a hint of anxiety or an attack. The anxiety I refer to as 'spelling' or in other words the 'feeling' of the 'buildup' to a full blown panic attack. I may suffer with this all day long and never have an attack. More often than not when I do have a PA it is completely out of the blue and seemingly for no reason whatsoever. But I always find that if I really think about it I can find the root cause of the problem. And most ALWAYS after I do have an attack and it ebbs away I am usually free of anxiety for a few hours afterwards. Sorry this post turned out to be so long, I was just trying to let you know that it is different (and yet the same) for all of us and if you really start to pay attention to what is going on you too will figure out what your 'triggers' are and how to control them. I wish you well - remember this one thing always: Anxiety/Panic Disorder can only strengthen you - it CANNOT hurt you. If you ever want to talk I am here most every evening in chat. Keep us all posted on how you are doing and keep up the fight! :-) I'll be praying for you! panicinID

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   Posted 10/7/2006 6:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi and welcome.

I started with panic attacks but they've now led to chronic anxiety. The shortest period for me would be 4 to 5 hours of anxiety and the most 3 to 5 days constant. The good thing being I was and hopefully still am getting breaks of days in between.

As soon as I'm not busy mine come, it always starts with the negative inner voice pointing out my fears building to telling me I must be crazy. sad

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   Posted 10/8/2006 3:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Jethro great input and so true ............
Mine is anytime and lasts as long as it wants to or rather sometimes as long as I LET it get to me if I do breathing and other techniques I can usually grasp ahold of self ........

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   Posted 10/8/2006 6:14 AM (GMT -7)   
 I don't even know how to really put this in words, I don't get the BIG panic attack every day but I do get the anxiety every day and I don't even remember a day (unless I am traveling) that I don't think something is wrong with me or I cant breath or dizzy etc. etc. I can most of the time talk my self out of the big one, but sometimes I wake up in the morning and I have anxiety all day long even with the xanax it helps for a while then right back to the felling spacey I just hate the all day anxiety attack. I am leaving to day for a week vacation with my best friend and my husband and this morning the first thing I woke up I felt the anxiety starting UGH. so i guess my answer to your question is I sometimes can have anxiety all day and sometimes it just comes in hours, I know I am weird lol devil , I hope you are feeling better soon.
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   Posted 2/27/2011 6:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello, the same happen to me, whem i am relax and I recognized that i am relaxed, i start getting the anxxies feeling again, thinking that there is something wrong by being relax, but in the reality I am fine to others. For some reason I got really disconnected from the real-world and it is just matter of time to get back on my feet.

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   Posted 2/27/2011 6:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Same here I hate it so bad. I wish i can start all over and think never happen  to me.

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