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am i having panic attacks?

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  • Posted By: justagirl
  • October 25, 2006
  • 09:15 AM

i am a 25 yr old female. about 4 months ago i started having these symptoms of wanting to pass out, dizziness, shortness of breath, rapid heart beat, and a sense of losing reality. they occur pretty often, maybe one a day. i have been very stressed out and the only thing that seems to help is when i am having these symptoms i have to get up and walk around. they usually only happen at night too. i have had all sorts of tests done and as far as physical goes, i am fine. i do smoke and i have an iud.(birth control). if anyone can please help to make me understand what is going on with me, i would gladly appreciate it.

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  • your are showing symptoms of an anxiety attack,I'm 23 and have that same problem it's when your overstressed in life changes stress at work,home,bills,relationships ect.you can take medication for it daily called zanax or zoloft or even do it the safe way and control yourself.I control it doing breathing exercises(take deep breath in then slowly blow air out)when doing breathing exercises you will feel tingling in your body that means you slowly calming yourself down on your own, Now if that does not work then you take zanax or zoloft to calm you down only in in serious need becauase you can get addicted to the pills.Try to keep calm under stress and exercise and also do stuff that keeps you calm and you will be fine.And i also was smoking until my asthma and anxiety came together thats when the doctor told me to quit smoking that will take half the risk away of having anxiety becuase smoking causes your nerves to well "GO NUTS"
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 26, 2006
    • 06:41 PM
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  • The lose of reality feeling is the symptom that would make this a panic attack. I know it feels like you might be going insane but you're not. Trust me, I've gone through this also. Best of luck to you. Hope you feel better soon!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 27, 2006
    • 05:53 PM
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  • You might be. But then again, you might not. See the other thread entitled Panic Disorder? You need to log down when you feel odd and what you are doing at the time to get to the bottom of it.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 29, 2006
    • 07:12 PM
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  • i have panic attacks and that's exactly what i go through when i have them. it's a very scarey thing to go through. i'm no taking medicine or anything for. i go to therapy and it helps. but i also have other mental illnesses. but try to go into therapy for them if it's interfering with your life!
    ncloutz 5 Replies
    • November 15, 2006
    • 03:35 PM
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  • thank u all for ur responses. i really appreciate it:)
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 18, 2006
    • 03:05 AM
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  • i had them before. the first time i had one, i had no idea what was going on, and went to the emergency room. that was no help at all, since nothing came back medically wrong and there was nothing they could do for me.. bleh. so my advice to you is to check out this website:http://anxietynetwork.com/pdhome.htmlunder the 'What You Fear the Most Cannot Happen' section, and generally the rest of the website too if you think it would be helpful! it really took care of some of my fears about having panic attacks. the best way to deal with them without medication for anxiety would be breathing techniques.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 25, 2006
    • 11:58 PM
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  • I can very much relate to that. In the midst of a panic attack I feel as if I am dying, literally. I have the same exact symptoms you do. Mine mainly come on when I am in a car for too long. I am on Zoloft now and it has kept them from being so frequent and paralyzing. My heart goes out to you. I fight everyday of my life to keep them in check and not let them control me. The ironic thing is I have traveled the world as a military brat (my dad was Air Force). Since my parents died, I have been a prisoner in my own mind.You have my support!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 31, 2006
    • 05:32 AM
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  • thanks to everyone for responding:)
    justagirl 1 Replies
    • January 31, 2007
    • 10:13 AM
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  • your are showing symptoms of an anxiety attack,I'm 23 and have that same problem it's when your overstressed in life changes stress at work,home,bills,relationships ect.you can take medication for it daily called zanax or zoloft or even do it the safe way and control yourself.I control it doing breathing exercises(take deep breath in then slowly blow air out)when doing breathing exercises you will feel tingling in your body that means you slowly calming yourself down on your own, Now if that does not work then you take zanax or zoloft to calm you down only in in serious need becauase you can get addicted to the pills.Try to keep calm under stress and exercise and also do stuff that keeps you calm and you will be fine.And i also was smoking until my asthma and anxiety came together thats when the doctor told me to quit smoking that will take half the risk away of having anxiety becuase smoking causes your nerves to well "GO NUTS"You don't have to take dangerous drugs such as zoloft or xanax. They are toxic and only suppress the symptoms. Listen to your internal dialog. Your body is trying to tell you something.It is probably a reaction to food, chemicals, or endotoxemia.It is true that if you are under constant emotional stress that can affect your liver- but if you are losing reality, that can as well be an allergic reaction.Inventory your diet and your environment for "offending" substances.Psychiatry is nothing but a Pseudo Science and a Business.Look for a doctor of integral medicine, someone who can teach you good habits, and not just medicate you w/o telling you how you make yourself sick.Take Care.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 31, 2007
    • 07:54 PM
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  • natural eazy way is to take magnesim sup 350 mg a day u ll feel much better. but for you guys it ll make more horney (sorry).:)
    hbnkas 1 Replies
    • February 6, 2007
    • 02:34 PM
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  • I am not a doctor but I have over 25 years of being treated. Over the years you learn a lot about meds, symptoms etc. I have had the exact same symptoms. It is VERY frightening. What worked for me was an SSRI (Celexa) and .5mg of klonopin twice daily. :) Don't worry, the treatment your doctor decides will work.
    cwfinneyusmc 1 Replies
    • February 8, 2007
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  • Hello, i am 21 years old i have been living with panic attacks since i was 17, I will give u good tips for when u feel one come on u came stop it from going full blown panic. when u start to feel like u are gonna have one close your eyes and breath through your nose really deep and slow and let it out through your mouth and keep telling your self u are fine your not gonna die, If u scare your self you will never be in control. Just make sure u get all tests done, but it really really sounds like anxiety, once u can control these panick attacks your symptoms will dimish, u can also get on lexapro it has less side affects and easy to come off. One more thing try going to yogo or talk to someone about the stress in your life.good luck to u, dont let it control your life, Take control over it:rolleyes:
    taytay 4 Replies
    • February 12, 2007
    • 03:42 PM
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  • you are NOT having real panic attacks. trust me - you'd know for sure if you had them which i wish for you that you don't ever gt them for real cuz they S U C K
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  • Your symptoms are textbook panic attacks. Please ignore the other person's comment about it not being a 'real' panic attack, because any panic attack is as real as it is pretend! They do vary in severity, and in my experience present themselves in many different ways. I started getting them when I was 17. For me, they were never directly linked to stress. I had my first panic attack on holidays just after finishing school! You are at a very important point, the beginning point of a panic attack experience which means you have to jump on it now to stop it from developing into a disorder. Use medication only as your last resort. If you go to psychologist who specialises in anxiety (google will help find them!) you may nip the problem in the bud. You may get repeated symptoms, but once you know what they are they are a mere itch. One good thing that can come from panic attacks is it makes you more aware of yourself and your needs, and you learn empathy for others who suffer. Another important thing to note is that having physical symptoms but not the nervousness is also common, so don't freak out about your health. While we are on the topic, I don't really get panic attacks anymore, but about every two weeks I get physically sick despite not feeling stressed. The docs say there is nothing wrong, but sometimes it can be debilitating. Anyone else experienced that?
    kicker 7 Replies Flag this Response
  • What you have just described in your post is exactly what i have started to experience lately.I guess writing about it has a calming effect - and of course knowing it's not as serious as i think it is when having those attacks.The problem is, it's a vicious cycle the symptoms are the causes and the causes are symtoms - and i guess this is where the main problem in lack of control - when the panic attack is triggered - in my case - by mediocre chest pains (i too smoke) it get's me going, only to increase those pains, and from there the rest of the symptoms just come in, dizziness, dimming of vision, numbness, fast heart beat, and simply, playing out the fears of having a heart attack...usually when i'm in that state of mind, i can barely control any of those symptoms, so it takes it's course.Walking around and trying to caqlm myself, works to an extent, but if my brain maintains it's overactive state which is always the case right before those apisodes - not even walking helps. I went to the emergency ward 3 times so far, thinking i'm having aheart attack...in all 3 cases, the ECG shows nothing out of the ordinary.The primative triggers - which i call them - are in fact psychological and sociological - as i never had those attacks when i'm around people, only at night when i'm alone, thinking, that these episodes strike.I have alos been under tremendous stress lately - well over 3 years now - personal and professional, and financial but never had panic attacks until recently, which originally lead me to believe that those panic attacks were physically based since i have been under this stress for a long time now - not just since the past 2 months when those episodes started happening. Now i know this is not the case.I have researched the subject quite a bit and i feel so much better now seeing that i fit the stereotype, a relief to know i'm not having heart attacks.The next step is to control it now
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 23, 2007
    • 02:59 PM
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  • YES, it sounds like "panic attacks". BEST MEDICATION: DAILY AEROBIC EXERCISE is the best medicine, in my experience. It can completely replace prescription medications. STEPS TO TAKE: (1) See a mental health professional ( not just a family dr.) (2) Stabilize. Sometimes medication is necessary to get you back to your "normal" self. Consider this option. It can help you very quickly (within weeks). (3) Go to therapy/counseling to "talk" about the issue. OFTEN this is just the first sign of other issues including general anxiety, depression, OUTLOOK: This is extremely "treatable". Just make sure to get help from a mental health professional. And trust your gut feelings about the doctor. You must have a good relationship (good "chemistry") with your doctor. If you don't, then go ahead and try another one. Good Luck.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 20, 2008
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  • Try CBT. It has helped me and i am panic free now.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 29, 2008
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