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I Have Anxiety Attacks

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    I don't know if it's the same

    for everyone else but I just start forgetting how to breathe and my head will keep chanting, "I can't breathe. I can't breathe..." And then I start crying that cry where it's really not pretty and you're gasping for air. You keep asking yourself to stop. Telling yourself that it...
    hecknope hecknope 16-17, F 2 Responses Dec 27, 2014

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    Nearly every day before i go to school i get

    these occurrences where my stomach twists, my heart aches, and i have this worry that something is very wrong. I havnt been mistreated at school since i was little, but for some reason it happens. I simply want to learn how to stop them, but i dont even know a cause.
    Xychorite Xychorite 16-17, M 1 Response Dec 15, 2014

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    I had one in the mall over the previous weekend

    and it just kept getting worse because people were staring at me when EMS was called. Um yeah... I also had one today. I kept freaking out over not looking good enough and it escalated into hyperventilation and tears and pain.
    BonjourMelchiorre BonjourMelchiorre 16-17, M 2 Responses Apr 9

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    I've been having panic attacks

    for the past three weeks. I'll suddenly start thinking at 100 miles an hour. I'll get a really tight feeling between my eyes, almost like a headache is coming on. My heart starts racing - sometimes when I calm myself down I can feel it pounding through my chest without even...
    LittleClouds LittleClouds 18-21, F 3 Responses Dec 3, 2014

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    A seventeen year old should not be

    suffering; Insomnia Sleep paralyses, at night. Morning anxiety. Social anxiety. I need some help because no one here seems to understand the torture I go through. And I WISH it was all in my head but its not; it is a feeling all over my body. everyone knows what...
    1Lostcause 1Lostcause 16-17, T 2 Responses Aug 28, 2014

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    Just had one of the most intense anxiety

    attacks I've ever had. All I felt was fear, darkness, and despair. Geesh. But I feel better now. My tears have dried and my breathing has become normal again. I survived. :)
    AlexTheWordSmith AlexTheWordSmith 22-25, F 2 Responses Nov 5, 2014

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    I have a paper due tomorrow

    and I'm frustrated and freaking out, and I just want to bury myself in the bed and cry, but that would just waste more time that I don't have. I have a quiz tomorrow, and a chapter to read, and a meeting to attend tonight, and there's no time for any of it, and I really don't...
    Cephaloria Cephaloria 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 11

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    Attack

    From out of nowhere it strikes. An invisible foe that can paralyze you in a heartbeat. A rapid, painful heartbeat that knocks the wind right out of your lungs that sends you into more of a frenzied panic than before. You can't get your brain to focus on anything but the...
    phoenix924 phoenix924 36-40 1 Response Jul 27, 2013

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    I fear a lot of things from my past

    and I sink deeper into oblivion as these affect my future. I feel helpless, lost, unappreciated, undecided on how to shape the future...then the attacks begin...the demons of my past demolish my present, I take in too much oxygen, I get more disoriented...but I am surviving...I...
    sugarpuma sugarpuma 31-35, F 3 Responses May 7, 2014

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    Man, Anxiety Attacks

    Yep, I have those.  They fluctuated between anxiety and panic and social phobia, but I guess it's mostly anxiety-panic attacks.  Been having mine for the past about eighteen years roughly.  They started when I went to college and felt suddenly out of control and overwhelmed...
    DaSSRedemption DaSSRedemption 31-35, M 5 Responses Mar 5, 2012

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    When I am away from my significant other I find

    my anxiety is worse..I feel so alone..sometimes I don't trust her either and I wonder if this will ever change?? I used to be so care free and fun now I'm a bundle of nerves and when I'm away from her I'm convinced she is with someone else...I'm not sure why she stays with me...
    lezsprinkles lezsprinkles 26-30, F 1 Response Dec 28, 2014

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    I keep having these random moments,

    where even going out and seeing other people, makes me feel worthless about my self, especially when it comes to how I look. Does anyone else also have this?
    Weirdcollegegirl Weirdcollegegirl 18-21, F 4 Responses Nov 18, 2014

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    Been a recent thing. Started 3 months

    or so ago... My first anxiety attack was in my psychology class. We were learning about depression, and psychological disorders, phobias, etc. We were watching a video on people who have gone through these things. I guess it triggered my memory. I felt deep empathy for these...
    dat1kiid dat1kiid 18-21 Dec 22, 2014

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    Dealing with mental illness is a *****.

    And nobody can really understand it unless they have it. I have major depression, severe anxiety, and as of one year panic attacks the doctors claim I might have personality disorder but I personally think it's mood swings.
    ibelovinhimnher ibelovinhimnher 26-30, F Sep 2, 2014

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    Just 2 days ago, I broke down.

    Practicing for a speech assignment, I freaked out over the stress. My father didn't believe that I was stressed out. Said means things about me because I freaked out and shouted at him when he asked me a question. A lot of mean things, which were either untrue or not necessary...
    hengyeeeee hengyeeeee 18-21 Jan 22

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    TheGhostofAGirl TheGhostofAGirl 16-17, F Feb 28

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    Inside An Anxiety Attack

    This is just an inside account of what it's like when I have an anxiety attack, written like a short story. Don't ask why the gender is switched--I guess it was just easier to write this way. Behind her, a student shifts his weight. Another taps his eraser on the desk. A girl...
    emptyangelveins emptyangelveins 18-21, M 3 Responses Jul 24, 2013

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    If you are suicidal, please get help

    if you can't find help within yourself. But, please, do not seek help from your teenage friends, especially if they struggle with their own issues. Please please please. Not only are you being subjected to the hurtful things your brain says to you, you subject others to it. You...
    junipersun21 junipersun21 18-21, F Mar 12

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    My anxiety attacks are seriously the scariest

    thing that happens to me, they're usually different every time. Sometimes they start off where I can't get enough oxygen, (or it feels that way) and my chest stomach and chest starts to tingle, and I start to shake, or I get really mad, etc. I can't swallow, and I feel really...
    Bflyboo14 Bflyboo14 13-15, F 3 Responses Feb 11

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    I suffer anxiety attacks

    since 11 years. I took meds back in 2003 but they made me sleep a hour of the day....It helped me with my nervous breakdown but it didnt helped me with anxiety. Im afraid that it will never heal. I tried different meds but they all failed. I was sleeping as i took them. Even if...
    angel8i angel8i 31-35 4 Responses Nov 28, 2014

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    i just want the hurting to stop.

    i can't take anymore. i want to live and enjoy life. ut when people beat me down it makes me think theres only one way out..
    xyourxonlyxstarx xyourxonlyxstarx 22-25, F 2 Responses Dec 19, 2014

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    This new semester in school is no bueno.

    I don't know when I associated school with anxiety but I have. And even today this very morning I had 2 panic attacks one before leaving the house which lasted quite a bit and I felt like crying and one when I was with him I kept shaking and just buried my self within his arms...
    DeijiDaze DeijiDaze 18-21, F Feb 4

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    i thought i was over them this undefined fear

    afraid to do anything i am trying to distract my self but it is not going to well my heart is racing my hands are shaking cant catch my breath don't know how to help my self
    anazi anazi 26-30, F 1 Response Feb 12

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    I just had a really bad anxiety attack I was

    having a really bad argument with my boyfriend and just started to freak out I couldnt breathe my heart was racing so fast I started getting dizzy and felt like I was going to pass out finally I relaxed and me and my boyfriend just went our separate ways...
    momofthree921 momofthree921 18-21, F Dec 2, 2014

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    I had a break down today

    for the first time in a while. Have you ever felt so overwhelmed that you just cry? You have these mini anxiety attacks where you question what you're doing with your life and why you've chosen to do the things you've done so far. But of course you don't know the answer. So all...
    courtlharris courtlharris 18-21, F 3 Responses Feb 13, 2014

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    fauxlady fauxlady 22-25, F Aug 13, 2014

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    I don't know when it's going to happen,

    I just know that when it happens I need to leave, get out of there, wherever I am. I can't breath right and most of the time I don't even know what's wrong
    dazedandconfused6666 dazedandconfused6666 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 29

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    I Can Control Them Now

    I used to get panic attacks all the time. I learned to control them. I found breathing in to a paper bag worked best at the start. I learned to recognise the signs and make my breathing shallow and slow. Now, I can feel the signs coming on, but because I know I can control it...
    naughtyfungirl naughtyfungirl 18-21, F 2 Responses Nov 14, 2007

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    Tonight's anxiety had no reason.

    It's funny, I have a friend that is a psychologist and he offered to give me therapy for free just to practice..... Lol..... And I wanted to donut because I'm so tired of the anxiety and panic and never wanting to do more than hideaway... Then he asked me to sleep with him...
    xanaxannex xanaxannex 22-25, T Mar 23

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    I had one today. Pretty embarrassing really.

    I don't like to leave the comfort of my home (especially alone), but sometimes I have to. So I walked over to the PostOffice to send some parcels away, got there, started trying to find the correct size parcels and all of a sudden I started sweating profusely.....like it was...
    seashells123hope seashells123hope 26-30, F 3 Responses Dec 13, 2013

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    Social Anxiety

    I don't normally go out with friends much, but when I do it always ends up with me nearly passing out. I hate being in large crowds and being surrounded by a lot of people, it freaks me out. I feel like my friends don't want me there when they don't talk to me and when that...
    JennyAmy27 JennyAmy27 18-21, F 4 Responses Sep 6, 2013

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    I seriously hate Christmas time,

    I love the holiday and going out and getting gifts for my family, but spending time with my family is so stressful. Mostly just my dad's side, but it sucks cuz I'm anxious the entire month so instead of just needing a pill on Christmas, I suffer from anxiety attacks over even...
    MichiganGirl420 MichiganGirl420 22-25, F 3 Responses Dec 23, 2014

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    I just had one! Some guy set me off by honking

    at me for not driving when there were cars passing. I don't have road rage but I screamed at him for being an ******* and he flipped me off for being a safe driver!!! Really??? Then when I started driving there was a major accident ahead and he had to stop again. I drove by him...
    spaceylibra spaceylibra 31-35, F 4 Responses Oct 31, 2014

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    About a week ago I went to meet this guy I've

    been dating online for quite a while. wed been waiting so long to actually be able to touch each other. However, everytime he touched me (whether it was sexually or affectionately ) it would trigger an anxiety attack. it got so bad that I had to lock myself in the bathroom in...
    makise makise 22-25, F 1 Response Nov 1, 2014

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    I have terrible anxiety

    and get anxiety/panic attacks for no reason at all sometimes. Some attacks are worse than others..the last one I had that was really bad was Sunday night...I told my best friend something, I trusted him with it, but I was still so scared of what he might have said...I was...
    JalenFrankie616 JalenFrankie616 13-15, F May 7, 2014

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    I have anxiety attacks

    whenever I get stressed out and I cannot control them. I start yelling and crying and then laughing. I mean, it must look ridiculous but I suffer from it and my relatives and friends get the worst out of it. When it happens I just lose ability to do anything and all I crave...
    sweetheartss sweetheartss 18-21, F 2 Responses Dec 22, 2014

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    The colors behind the people I'm connected to

    meld into dissonance. All stare. I was promised nothing does, but all stare. My ego hasn't quite wet my cheeks. All right. I'm a bit pathetic, and my fist remains clenched. I won't use the term melancholy unless for abuse and addiction. I won't use the term anxiety unless it...
    carmansoul carmansoul 16-17, M Feb 26

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    I Thought I Was Dying

    I started having anxiety attacks as a teenager, just the thought of coming out of my bedroom to sit with the family for dinner would set me off with awful anxiety attacks, I thought I was having heart attacks, mini ones and my heart was getting weaker and I was going to die...
    amigoodenough amigoodenough 36-40, F 6 Responses Dec 6, 2007

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    I've been having them

    or feeling them come on and taken pills to stop them quite a bit recently. My job stopped giving me the hours I was getting before because we're so slow with business and it's making it very difficult to pay my bills. I'm constantly anxious and it's getting so bad that I had to...
    MichiganGirl420 MichiganGirl420 22-25, F Mar 25, 2014

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    My First........ I had my first anxiety

    attack back in June of this year. I was with a friend in a grocery store, and something inside of me snapped. I screamed really loudly, and fell on the floor crying. I was holding my ears and rocking back and forth on the floor saying 'I don't want to go.' and 'Go away'. I had...
    BENDrowned BENDrowned 18-21, F 3 Responses Dec 3, 2013

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    I hate that moment when your sitting in class

    and start zoning out a lot and you just want to sit in a corner and cry all day, but you "can't" cause other people are around and don't want people to know how you really feel... Cause all I want is them to see me happy so they are happy.
    InsecureTiana InsecureTiana 13-15, F 4 Responses Jan 22, 2014

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    My anxiety is ruining my life

    and now I cant even sleep without fearing something that isnt there
    RedDog123321 RedDog123321 18-21, M Mar 6

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    Ok so i am scared to die.

    A lot of people are, and i happen to be one of them. So occasionally i start to overthink things and begin to believe that i am going to die. Today's anxiety is being caused by how im starting to feel a little under the weather. And of course the aunt that i just visited had a...
    pointlessthoughts pointlessthoughts 16-17, F 2 Responses Dec 24, 2013

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    Hissa79 Hissa79 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 30

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    littlefox2 littlefox2 26-30, F 5 Responses Feb 16

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    I just shake and cry

    and almost pass out from breathing too quickly.
    needtotellnow needtotellnow 16-17, F Mar 29

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