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   Posted 4/16/2007 6:44 PM (GMT -6)   
my brother & family don't believe I have panic attacks no matter how much I try and explain it to them. I have not been diagnosed but I KNOW I have it. My brother says I have that disease when you read about & think you have something & create the symptoms. I dunno about you, but that's just plain ridiculous to me!

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   Posted 4/16/2007 6:55 PM (GMT -6)   

panic attacks are well described on the internet

I expect you have seen a doctor about them, did he take you seriously?

how old are you, I am 65

it always helps when a panic attack happens to relax, let it happen, dont tense up or fight back and do breaethe deep and sleo, this makes it stop sooner

recovered former longtime anxiety and panic attack sufferer and helper of other sufferers  but no training or  qualifications in medicine or psychology, any remarks that may be taken as advice must be confirmed with doctor or other health professional
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   Posted 4/16/2007 7:21 PM (GMT -6)   
In retrospect I have to agree with Harry about how to handle panic when meds aren't available.

1. Recognize it for what it is.
2. Don't fight it
3. Use a mantra ("this will go away in a few minutes" or something.
4. Panic will run its course more quickly, at least in my experience, usually in 15 to 30 minutes. Sometimes shorter, rarely longer.

Panic seems to feed on itself if you let it.

As for your family, yes, see a doctor if you haven't already. Point the family toward numerous resources on the internet, including this message board. They are part right in that some of the physical symptoms are created by the panic, but it's obviously not something you can just "relax" and control. At least not without a lot of work, anyway. And/or meds. Anxity/Panic (especially health anxiety) is pretty ruthless on the body.

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Date Joined Feb 2007
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   Posted 4/16/2007 8:18 PM (GMT -6)   
ITs hard for people who do not have panic attacks or anxiety to understand.  If I am having a panic attack, my boyfriend says just relax.  I want to hit him over the head with something sometimes because he just doesn't understand.  It is very real and very frustrating. 

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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 4/16/2007 8:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi J-lynn,

I know what you mean my family doesnt understand. And really I dont expect them to because prior to having panic disorder I didnt either. Greydays my boyfriend tells me I should eat something when im having them and calls my panic attacks my "episodes".
I know it can be so frustrating.

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Date Joined Mar 2007
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   Posted 4/16/2007 9:01 PM (GMT -6)   

harry- I'm 15. And I do not have a dr. for my panic attacks, although I very much wish I did. If I did have a dr. for them, and he didn't take me seriously, he would not be a very good dr. lol.



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