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Old 12-18-2015
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This year so far has been the worse, in terms of experiencing horrible panic attacks.

I know that it's due to stress and anxiety, I recognize that. I'm trying to better manage my workload and prioritize my mental health. But its these unexpected panic attacks that are killing me. I practise yoga and breathing exercises, and am balancing my daily responsibilities.. I feel that my stress level is at a
More normal level, but these panic attacks are still happening.

Yesterday everything was fine. I was fine. I felt fine...
We were having our holiday potluck/gift exchange at work... Its only six of us. I felt comfortable, and right before everyone began to eat... I felt it. The tightness of my chest, my eyes stinging, my heart beating out of my chest.

I tried to discreetly exit, by my co worker asked me if I was ok, and placed her hand on my shoulder ... And that was it. It was as if the floodgates opened. Big fat tears running down my face, I couldn't breathe.... The harder I tried to get myself together.... The worse it was.

I made it to the restroom and stayed there for ten minutes... Then faked an emergency and fled.

It was humiliating and just horrible.

I thought... "S.hit can't get worse."

Then today, it happened again! Thank god I was alone in the office. The crying, heaving, and chest pain of it all....

I have no idea what to do. I am at a complete loss....

I have gone to the hospital twice in the past four months.... Convinced that I'm dying of a heart attack, o ly to find out its fraking anxiety!
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Old 12-18-2015
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I know that a panic attack, by nature is unexpected. And that the title is somewhat of an oxymoron. But what I mean is that although my stress is better managed and I am relatively ok, a in not upset or angry... Then why?

If there is nothing there to actually trigger the attack...
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Old 12-19-2015

I understand. Mine have come on while I was at home doing a chore or two. They just happen no matter my mood. It's happened when I was in a blah mood and when I was in a pretty good mood. Sometimes I will have a panic attack when I have lots of worries going on that I thought I put to the back of my mind. Things will be going smooth them the heart palpatations and super awareness start. I never went to the ER but I was headed there this week. Oh...and break outs...
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Old 12-24-2015
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Hi Nodejesque, I guess those anxious thoughts must be bubbling away in the background despite your best efforts to control them. I think that for sufferers of anxiety like us, the anxiety is ever present even on good days, and it just builds up over time.

I had seven panic attacks bad enough to send me to the emergency ward. I finally beat panic by embracing the feeling of panic. I have posted this info before, but I often revisit it.

I have come to see a panic attacks as a slow build up of worrying, angry, negative thoughts boiling over, and my mind saying enough, no more. Here is something else to worry about a fear of dying. A mind can only take so much stress and worry.

The things that helped me beat panic

1. ruling out other life threatening conditions. I had echocardiograms, CT scans, tests for diabetes, ross river virus. It turned out I had an undiagnosed blood disorder haemachromatosis, which contributed to the fatigue I felt.

2. exposing the lie in my mind that the panic could kill me

3. Challenging and embracing the panic. Fighting panic only makes it worse.

4. Finding answers from doctors, by getting second and third opinions.

5. Seeking counselling.

Once the lie that the panic was feeding my mind was exposed, knew I wasn’t going to die, and that there was nothing wrong with my heart, the panic lost its power over me. I still got surges of panic through my whole body, but I was able to challenge the panic. “What have you got?” It would surge through me, and when I was still standing I’d tell it “You can’t kill me, you’ve got nothing.” Slowly it lost its power.

I had panic attacks over a period of 5 years, so it was a long battle.

I still get the panic feeling, but now I know it can't kill me. I feel the dizziness and lightheadness, the chest tightness, and say "that is panic, it can't kill me." And it will fade and disappear.
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Old 02-16-2017

I'm in a bad mood ,the fear that you might die or go crazy,constantly alert,temperature, and often increased, there is no joy in life ,pain in the heart. On the advice of the doctor take Oleptro 50 mg at night ,I drank and I was very bad all escalated heart nearly jumped out, strong,fear,I didn't understand what happened to me and I was afraid to drink it. But a week was better. Apparently the body can get used to the medication. Now I feel fine. All the bad thoughts went out of my head.
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Old 02-16-2017

Ive struggled with anxiety and that is far more tough than what Ive dealt with. I think the only thing you can do is to take it one day at a time. Try to distract yourself with a good activity. Speak to someone if it helps. Call a hotline if it helps. There are plenty of resources that you can call or go to for help.
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Old 02-16-2017

I used to have panic attacks without realizing what they were exactly. Every time I thought I was dying of a heart attack. But since I was still alive after so many heart attacks it occurred to me that I might be wrong in my diagnosis and I decided to investigate. My reading convinced me they were actually panic attacks that I was experiencing. And here is the thing. In one book I read it said NOBODY EVER DIED FROM A PANIC ATTACK. After reading that I felt so relieved. The panic attacks then virtually disappeared from my life. Once in a blue moon I feel one coming on but then I remember it's not going to kill me and it fades away.
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Old 05-11-2017

I realised that my PA was a option to attract attention. You need to be aware.
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