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Panic Attacks and Anxiety, any advice would be welcome?!

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Hi my names' Tess. Im 22 years old and i have been suffering panic attacks on and off since last year. I was having them early last year, i would experience heart palpatations, racing heart and the thought of not being able to breath whilst lying in bed. I felt like i was forcing myself to breath because i couldnt feel my own heartbeat. They stopped. Then my mum passed away in March and i had them again severely which is to be expected. I thought that smoking also made me panic more because i was worried about my heart so i quit. They stopped completed until a few weeks ago. I avoid going to the cinema because i had a bad one there which made me leave, i couldnt feel myself breathing and my whole body had pins and needles. I have a new job, im pretty happy with my life at the moment, obviously there are alot of things i would change but in general theres nothing stressful happening. I was sat at home a few weeks ago and i had chest pain, turned out to be heartburn but it was a sort of pain i hadnt had before so i was worrying and i felt like my heart completely stopped for a split second and i was walking around my living room convinced i was going to die. Since then i get them on the train and i get them walking to work. I get them so bad that i get off two steps earlier and walk to work from there to stop myself being in such an enclosed space. When people are close to me i feel one coming. I feel a different sort of anxiousness this time around, i dont get a racing heart or palpations. I feel like my chest is really tight and im stuggling to breath and im forcing myself and my whole body feels really light. I sometimes feel like im watching myself from an outside place, which sounds really odd. Im not sure whats triggered it but if anyone could give me some advice on how to try and control it i would be grateful because the train is something i cant avoid, i need to get to work. I am also having trouble sleeping.

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Hi Tess
Welcome to the forum!
well done for posting, you will find lots of friendly people here to help and support you
are you on any meds? or under the care of any mh teams?
Fox
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Hi Tess
Welcome to the foroum well done for posting.
So sorry to hear of what you have to suffer with sounds awful i have suffered panic attacks and anxiety so i know how scary and draining it can all be.
Have you seen your GP about this? if not i suggest you go back and see them and tell them what you are feeling and experincing and that you need help to deal with it hopefully they will put you on something like CBT which is really good at helping gain control of anxiety and panic attacks go back to your GP and tell them whats going on.
So sorry to hear of the passing of your mum :grouphug:
Take care keep strong and keep talking
Katie
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Hi all :D
I have been to the doctors before about them but my doctors are awful, they just explain that their obviously panic attacks but they dont offer medication or anything. I was offered anti depressants a while back and i did start taking them but they made me feel sleepy to the point where i would fall asleep everywhere so i didnt see the point, i need to do this on my own i need to get over the fear of fear. I don't want to be on pills for the rest of my life, it's all in my head and it sucks.
Thanks for replying :D
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If you dont find your GP useful try going to another GP i know its difficult but eventually someone will listen, and say to them you need help and support as medication doesnt work for you.
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I agree with Katie- go to a different GP. i found another GP, recommended by someone in my extended family. it has been such a support to me. my old gp- one day he was understanding- another he would be grumpy or harsh. i found it difficult to cope with him!

there are many different types of anti depressants/ anxiety tablets, yes some make you sleepy because they are beta - blocker types - which lower your heart rate to ease the anxiety. there are others that the doc can try for you. just because one doesnt work well doesnt mean another one wont. does that make sense?

i think also go to your gp and ask for a referral for some counselling, i think that would help you a lot, help re-organise the thoughts in your mind and try and ease your worries about the future.
Please keep in touch
Fox
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I will try. Thanks! Do u suffer from anxiety and do u have any ways of dealing with it? xx
 
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i do suffer from anxiety and panic attacks when i did CBT my therapist taught me 2 things, breathing exercises, and the 2nd thing was when your panicking or feeling anxious, stop use your 5 senses and say to yourself, 5 things you can see, 4 things you can hear, 3 things you can feel, 2 things you can smell and one thing you can taste around the area you in be it home work etc i do use this, but it might not work for others but that was one technique i got taught.
Katie
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I suffer from anxiety and panic attacks yes.
For me its things like social situations.
i am working with a counseller to try and get through the different scenerios.

for me - i make a list of things i have to do that day - there is nothing wrong with my memory it is a safety mechanism, how i cope with being anxious. my therapist has asked me to go to the shops WITHOUT this list and to browse around shops, were as my usual habit is to rush (as per list) from a-b-c-d and then home as quick as possible.

panic attacks come to be from out of the ordinary situations o something out of the blue and my chest hurts, i cant breathe and im like OMG OMG OMG i cant do this etc! its totally rational to me but my husband can see that its irrational and bonkers!! he knows i cant help it and is fairly patient with me.

i have used a technique if i have a panic attack, i close my eyes and think about birds chirrping. i love the sound of seagulls (i used to live by the seaside ) so when i panic i take myself back to that place where the sun is shinning and the seagulls are 'laughing'. that helps to calm me down.

Think of something simular that you could use so that when you start to panic you can close your eyes and take yourself back there.
 
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Your right i think i do need counselling. There is alot more to me than meets the eye, my childhood for one and my mums death i havent quite dealt with. To remember the day and the things i saw are so painful.. to watch someone you love suffer its heart wrentching. I block it all out. Maybe everything is catching up on me and its not about whats going on now but what did happen and whats effecting me now.

Thanks for the posts guys, keep them coming i really appreciate it.
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You could write to your Mental Health Trust, and ask their advice and ask them to recommend a doctor who is up to date with panic attacks. Chin up. Summer is on the way and the sun should make all osus more happy. It has been such a long dark winter and spring.
 
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Hi, sorry to hear that ur having a tough time of it. Although I haven't suffered panic attacks as such I know how awful anxiety can be and plus I lost my mum a few years back and it's sounds like it hasn't been long that u lost Urs. Bereavement is a big thing to deal with let alone any other issues u may be dealing with. I would agree that u need to see a different doctor and try different meds,counselling etc. I hope things settle down for you x
 
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