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I Have Anxiety Attacks

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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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    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 1 Response Nov 14, 2007

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    littlefox2 littlefox2 26-30, F 5 Responses Feb 16

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    I have frequent panic

    and anxiety attacks. They've gotten so bad I'm afraid to hang out with my friends in public lest I have one in public. Does anyone else have them? I just want to know I'm not alone.
    WordsAreBeautiful WordsAreBeautiful 16-17, F 3 Responses Jun 20, 2014

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    magick67 magick67 46-50, F 1 Response 6 hrs ago

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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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    this weekend I was with my brother

    and he decided to go to bowling ally. all his friends were there, I didn't know them but we got our lane and I didn't expect their ti ne so many people. they took their turns snd it eventually was mine I went up there held onto my ball and then it happened. my brother came up to...
    KValentine17 KValentine17 22-25, M May 18

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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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    And again. These need to stop.

    Heart racing. Crying. Irritated. Grrr
    dewkissedrose dewkissedrose 36-40, F 3 Responses May 1

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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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    These suck. For me I know one is coming

    when my vision gets blurry, lights also look flared out and hurt. I start sweating, get jittery, angry, sad, excited and feel like the walls are closing in. My heart is racing and I get paranoid. Not fun, feels like your going crazy.
    persononinternet persononinternet 18-21, M Jan 11, 2014

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    TheGhostofAGirl TheGhostofAGirl 16-17, F Feb 28

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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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    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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    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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    There are several things I think are

    contributing to my anxiety, mmainly unwanted changes in my life and having to go through it all alone. I wish I had someone to talk to about everything. I am also becoming very depressed. I really need a friend i can call when it starts to hit me. Maybe just knowing i have...
    MattyB0621 MattyB0621 22-25, M 2 Responses Mar 24

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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...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Mar 23

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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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    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 just shake and cry

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

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    Anxiety

    I guess I need to share this and to people who have the same anxiety, hope this helps. Just this evening 4/29/2013 @11 I'm about to start my work and i feel like i want to sleep so i tried to sleep again but my mind is getting unclear. I keep moving, i wanted to yawn but i can't...
    DarkSoul07 DarkSoul07 22-25, F 1 Response Apr 29, 2013

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    I feel like suffocating everytime i experience

    anxiety attacks, last night new year's eve as i was travelling with my niece my anxiety came again, i wasn't like this before i can travel alone at night, my anxieties started and triggered when i took a med called moxifloxacin a month ago everytime i take this med i...
    vivieneski vivieneski 26-30, F Jan 1, 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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    Hey guys!! I haven't had a panic attack today!

    It the first day in months... I hope I'm not jinxing myself :-) I just thought id share because it's really encouraging and I feel proud of myself. Even now when I am calm I am going to practice my meditation and breathing to make it a healthy habit. Love, hugs and deep...
    faithhopelove13 faithhopelove13 22-25 1 Response Feb 19, 2014

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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'd like to start with I HATE talking about

    this. Or anything to do with my mental health. So please don't be horrifically offended if you comment and I don't respond. I still have no idea why I'm even typing this. I've had anxiety attacks since I was in elementary school. I didn't know that's what they were until I was...
    BleedingOrchids BleedingOrchids 13-15, F 2 Responses Nov 22, 2014

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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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    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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    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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    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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    So today say in my exam feeling pretty

    confident with myself start writing away and Bang I had an anxiety attack. Did I finish my exam? No how many marks dos I loose? About 25-30/80. Yes I'm incredibly pissed off with my self! So I've just failed my religious studies exam!
    Ridingtonewyork Ridingtonewyork 16-17, F 1 Response May 11

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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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    Hissa79 Hissa79 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 30

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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 18-21, F 2 Responses Dec 24, 2013

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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 1 Response Apr 9

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    I no longer have anxiety attacks.

    Before i had constant anxiety / panic attacks. So maybe this post can be an encouragement to you. I always had fear regarding my brain and this nervousness piles up until one day I snapped into panic attack. Three months of hell followed. I was in constant fear and...
    bingo24 bingo24 31-35, M 1 Response Mar 19

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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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    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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