ever been violent during a panic attack? help!

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   Posted 10/24/2006 11:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I expereince all the common symptoms of panic attack when I am having one.
The one thing that I do not understand is that I become very violent during the panic attack. I start punching and straching body. However, I do not feel the pain while I'm doing this because my legs, feet, arms and hands are always numb and have tingling sensation during the panic attack. After the panic attack is gone, I look at myself in the mirror and just cry...  My arms and legs are marked with bruises, teeth marks and figer nail marks. I think I do this to myself NOT because I want to hurt myself but because I just don't know what else to do. It is completely out of my control. There is only one person who has witnessed my panic attack. He doesn't understand that I can't control myself when I'm having a panic attack. He seems to think that I have a complete control over my body and mind and I can stop it anytime I want to. I'm very frustrated and don't know who to talk to since I am completely embarrassed about it.

I'm afraid that I might end up injuring myself if I have another panic attack.
So I started taking a medication and going to therapies.
I am also suffering from a posttraumatic stress disorder (abusive childhood)

I was wondering if anybody acted violently or had a suicidal thought during a panic attack???
Please let me know if this is not a common symptom.

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   Posted 10/25/2006 1:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, i have acted very strangely in panic attacks before. I once threw a shoe at a wall and started hyperventalating when i felt overwhelmed with anxiety and stress. I have also had extremely unrealistic thoughts when I have had panic attacks. I can now recognize this and be more aware of my distorted thoughts when I have extreme anxiety, and sometimes sleep medication or anti-anxiety medication helps. Sometimes, though, all I need is to call a friend or make myself some tea or watch some tv. Try to find out what helps you to calm down and try to stimulate rational thoughts when you are in an attack.

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   Posted 10/25/2006 4:59 AM (GMT -6)   

I used to be like that but mine stems back from when my ex used to beat me. I was scared of what he was going to do and had P/A hyperventilated and kicked my legs , waved my arms , flailed around and screamed as much as I could to keep him away from me. So even when I wasn't with him anymore my panic attacks put my brain in mind of protecting me so I would still lash out even if no-one was trying to hurt me (if you get what I mean?). I don't do this anymore as I realise I am not going to get hurt - I know there is no reason for my fear so I try and deal with it best I can. When I think that I have upset someone that I love I go for myself - will not say how as there is no need - and feel unworthy , suicidal etc... and I think that stems from abuse aswell , I used to get told that I wasn't good enough etc.... and thats ingrained in my head now - I feel apologetic all the time when I needn't be ,I feel smaller than everyone else.

Well I hope this answers your question , think I might have let a little more out than I intended about me but I'm gonna post this anyway.

Take care

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