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I Have Anxiety Attacks

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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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    does anyone ever journal

    or write about their anxiety. I just started and it's been helping me . I found some writting prompts on a psychology site that really help .
    roseanne00 roseanne00 36-40, F 15 hrs ago

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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 don't know why I can't get this man

    that died out of my mind. He was shown on surveillance footage right before he was murdered and I don't know how to forget about it. It has been creeping me out for weeks now
    ihatebeingblack44 ihatebeingblack44 18-21, F Jul 3

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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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    The pain is unbearable.

    I feel like I am going into meltdown at work. I am unsure how long I will survive it with out a breakdown.
    sroonaka616 sroonaka616 18-21 1 Response Aug 5

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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...
    AwesomeDidelphimorphia AwesomeDidelphimorphia 22-25, M May 18

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    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Aug 3

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    my whole life has changed.

    im glad I found this place
    granny76 granny76 36-40, F Jun 21

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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 16-17, F 2 Responses Nov 22, 2014

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    My roommate was healthy then has a problem with

    his liver. It just freaks me out how someone caan be healthy then sick.
    ihatebeingblack44 ihatebeingblack44 18-21, F Jul 16

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    Once again, I've had another panic attack

    while out with my mum and have had to come back home. These just keep ruining everything and I really thought I was fine today.
    PandorasWitness PandorasWitness 16-17, F Aug 11

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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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    I remember the worst panic attack I ever had.

    I was with my boyfriend and we were making out and all of a sudden I had a flash back to when my ex sexually assaulted me. I immediately started hyperventilating and shaking. I pushed him away and ran to the corner of the room. So I'm sitting on the ground in my underwear crying...
    LoserMaterial LoserMaterial 16-17, F 2 Responses Jun 16

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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 18-21, T 2 Responses Aug 28, 2014

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    Anxiety attacks aren't just hyperventilating

    and rocking back and forth, there is different forms of anxiety attacks, like: - unpredictable bouts of rage, and irritability. - nit-pickiness or even a hypersensitive to disarray, chaos, or any sort of change. - fast talking, stumbling over words, and stuttering. - not...
    Bflyboo14 Bflyboo14 13-15, F 4 Responses Jul 11

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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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    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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    taking steps is easy,

    standing still is hard.
    jjaynes01 jjaynes01 18-21, M 1 Response Jun 17

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    Is it possible to have panic / anxiety attacks

    while sleeping ? Lately I've been waking in the night panicking, sweating, fast heart beat. All my usual symptoms. Am I over reacting or is it actually attacks ?
    LoserMaterial LoserMaterial 16-17, F 5 Responses Jun 22

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    alwayswinter alwayswinter 16-17, F May 2

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    I get them a lot when I'm waiting

    for my parents to punish me. It's so scary thinking about what they will do to me. Sometimes I just go into a full on panic attack.
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Jun 9

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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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    fauxlady fauxlady 22-25, F Aug 13, 2014

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    Makes me feel so stupid

    and worthless to be in college and be unable to work or do anything because I'm too busy crying in my bed because I can't function
    AnxiousAndAlone AnxiousAndAlone 26-30, M 1 Response Jul 6

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    I have had quite a few unfortunately,

    not one in a while but i know it can and will happen again.
    usedandabused73 usedandabused73 41-45, M 1 Response Jun 6

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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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    Most of the time something causes them

    but here lately I've been having them everyday... I just wish my head would stfu.
    deleted deleted 26-30 Jun 2

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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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    My friend has started her own blog about

    suffering depression and anxiety. Check it out! https://karabethb.wordpress.com/
    SupernovaxxGirl SupernovaxxGirl 26-30, F Jun 11

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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 was moments away from really forsaking the

    **** out and having a major anxiety attack and all my family did was egg it in and laugh about it. They don't know I have anxiety and depression and that I self harm. I got out of there fast.
    Itfloo Itfloo 18-21, F 1 Response May 5

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    SadAllTheTime42 SadAllTheTime42 46-50, F 3 Responses May 27

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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 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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    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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    I get really scared ,

    like going to pass out , everything scares me , even the weather , fireworks , earthquakes , i get moody , i cant relax , i have this since i was little , im going to see a doctor , pretty soon , i have adhd , and i use to smoke marijuana and i thought it was gonna help calm me...
    pauu93 pauu93 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 5

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    And it makes feel like shlit.

    I am so weak, not able to control my own body. And that's not even logical. It feels like everything is tumbling down and I can't take it anymore.
    AlaRubra AlaRubra 16-17, M Aug 6

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    I witnessed a 4 year old having a panic attack

    this weekend. It made me so sad because I know how bad it is and how scary it is to lose control like that. And the poor kid was terrified because they didn't understand what was happening. Luckily one of the parents got them calmed down, but apparently it happens often :(
    Env06 Env06 26-30, F 3 Responses Aug 3

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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 had the worst anxiety attack today

    and it scared me so much. Thank god I was at home but I'm avoiding my family because I'm embarrassed even though they are very supportive. I don't want anyone to see me like that. I couldn't breathe and my arms went numb. I cried before and after. I don't know what triggered it...
    Shadowshow Shadowshow 22-25, F 2 Responses Jun 9

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    This morning I woke up with the worst anxiety

    after having a nightmare. My heart races, I get shortness of breath, I feel almost like I'm about to stroke out. Does anyone else get this? It started at like 6 AM and it is now 11:04 and I'm just now sort of starting to feel better.
    lindselizzy lindselizzy 26-30, F 5 Responses Jun 18

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    I am going to my grandparents house in Iowa

    for four days while my parents go look for our new house in California. I'm terrified to do this. Like I find myself starting to cry. Why am I like this. I've always been like this. I'm an adult now. Why can't I just be normal?
    keyton4040 keyton4040 18-21, M Jul 2

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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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    Feeling emotionally and physically drained

    as I have been having fairly constant anxiety attacks for around 12 hours now. Any advice? I feel afraid because I feel myself losing control
    searching322 searching322 18-21, M 4 Responses 1 day ago

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    I had one the other day

    after walking outside to go to the cash point this is getting ridiculous I can't even leave my house now without ring scared :(
    jorgoth jorgoth 16-17, M 2 Responses May 2