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Anxiety attacks without rapid breathing

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SmurfyMom

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I have never not been anxious. At least not for long. At times things get worse momentarily and I can these times attacks but are they really? I've had outright panic attacks with racing heart gasping for breath all that fun stuff. These are different. There are times when the anxious thoughts, the fears and worries (either generally or a specific one) get overwhelming and I find myself tensing up parts of my body... Sometimes all of my body, almost like I'm paralyzed from fear but my breathing is calm and my heart is too. Aside from intense fear and the muscle tensing I seem to have no other symptoms? It mostly happens when the social anxiety is to blame but I've had it happen with general worrying about bad things happening to my kids or hubby etc. It takes a long time for me to be able to relax the muscles in order to move again. It's almost like it's a coping technique to keep an all out panic attack from happening if that makes sense. So are these times anxiety attacks or what? Makes me worry that maybe my mom was right I'm just "wanting attention" and don't really have any problems because I don't have the breathing or heart rate symptoms. Like is it not really anxiety attacks if I'm clenching my hands or toes together or holding my arms and legs so tight?
 
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Mrs Tiggywinkle

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I would say that what you’re experiencing is still some kind of anxiety attack. I get this kind of thing without the fast heart beat especially round bed time, that is when waking up during the night or in the morning before getting up. I once asked my psychiatrist this and she said as much.

I get the blind panic and feel like I’m suffocating etc and it’s so scary, I’ll stop there as it may induce one, lol. If I felt this way all the time I’d want to die. I have had to go outside in the middle of the night, wake husband up etc etc.

I hope these experiences subside for you.

Take care.
 
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Subota999

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I can relate big time...Don't worry about not knowing if you are attention seeking...I am pretty sure you would know if you are just wanting attention for it, that requires intent right?
I am always at least a little bit anxious too. :hug1:I don't think I have ever had a panic attack in public with hyperventilating...I've had them while at home but in public, if I am anxious I feel like my body automatically has the top priority of not being noticed, because that would make me more anxious. it's all very internal for me aside from sweating and becoming dizzy and almost not being able to speak but I've noticed if someone does talk to me while I am freaking out, my speech comes out pretty natural sounding,..more natural than when I am not freaking out:rofl2:
& I am not saying those with more externally noticeable symptoms are looking for attention or that they want to be noticed, just that their body has different priorities...both experiences are rough🙏
 
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SmurfyMom

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Yes. Not being noticed is the key so I manage to keep my breathing calm. I wonder if the tightening/clamping down is what keeps my breathing under control. Maybe because I'm so focused on the tensing up and not moving? I've had the hyperventilating in public but only super rarely. Almost always I freeze and get stuck instead. Well stuck physically. Mentally I am on freak out mode and can't get the stupid thoughts to stop. I never freak out on purpose so I don't know why I worry about my doing it "for attention". I guess I am more worried that others won't believe that I am really struggling. Why I worry what others think I don't know. I know I struggle with this so what should it matter right? But somehow it does. I don't want anyone to think I'm fake. Sometimes I wish I could just not think at all.
 
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Subota999

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Trust me I relate so much on worrying about "faking it" or "doing it for attention" not only just about this but some other things like that I self harm, and that I am transgender. I've spent so much time stressing about wondering if I am "faking it" but really, you would know if you were. I still worry about other people not believeing I am really struggling too or them thinking I m fake..but at the end of the day, we have the access to our experiences like no one else does, we know how it really feels for us and that is enough. :hug1: Sometimes I wish I couldn't think at all too, but that would make life awfully boring🤔
 
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