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Hahobaho97

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I’ve had anxiety since I got into a traumatic accident when I was little. I broke my arm in three places. I was hospitalized and had surgery done. I suffered with panic attacks that lasted for hours. It felt I was admitted for three days but it was a whole week. After that I suffered with panic attacks outside of the hospital. I could control my anxiety and keep it in check for years. I was fine, up until now. I had a panic attack a month ago and I had to go to the er to calm down. After that day at the er, I had trouble eating. Everything I ate, I gagged up. I stayed hungry for awhile and I was also in fear of another panic attack. This eventually went away. And then around July 2nd I had really bad anxiety one night and I couldn’t sleep at all. I tried eating but I couldn’t eat at all. I was hungry and scared. I ate some. The following night I got two hours of interrupted sleep. The next night I decided to go to the er and get something to calm me down. They gave me Ativan and it helped me sleep for 4 hours. I tried sleeping last night and I only got about 2 hours. Tonight I’m in fear of having a panic attack, fear of not being able to sleep, and fearing that I cannot eat. I don’t know what to do. My body has lost complete motivation to eat and I’m honestly scared for my life. What the f**k should I do? Should I admit myself? I’m 20 years old and this timing is just awful.
 
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Hi,
It sounds like you need something to hope you cope, like medication or therapy.
Do go back to the ER or find a psychiatrist that specialises in anxiety if you can.
Hope you feel better soon.
Here to listen, I've had panic attacks they are scary however they do pass.
Take care
 
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I know how you are feeling. I suffer with PTSD, panic attacks and anxiety. Believe it or not, the more you think about them, the worse they are. The secret for me was to totally change my thinking. I did not want to be a slave to my body for the rest of my life. My husband has family members who never leave their house because of panic. I did not want to become like that.

I heard recently that a psychiatrist said the best thing to do to change is to set personal goals. I know this may seem impossible right now, but find distractions. As soon as I get up I turn on the TV in my kitchen and watch I Love Lucy. I read self help books (like Change Your Brain, Change Your Life by Daniel Amen and Take Your Life Back by Dr. David Stoop.) I work Sudoku puzzles, exercise and memorize verses from the Bible.

I learned from the book Rethink How You Think, that our emotions follow our thoughts. The more we think panicked and anxious thoughts, the more panicked and anxious we become. The best thing for me to do is, make a list before I go to bed the night before of everything I have to do. Then as soon as I get up I start working on my list and checking things off. It really helps to keep my mind occupied.
 
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Hahobaho97, how are you doing? Are you getting any relief from the panic attacks?
 
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