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I Have Had a Panic Attack

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    nails digging into palms,

    the sickly coppery scent of blood, the warm and wet familiar feeling, dripping down your arm. salty water, running down your cheeks, to the corners of your mouth. deep breath, sounds raggedy, inhuman a piercing cry escapes your lips, it takes a moment to notice it was you...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Mar 29, 2014

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    Panic Attacks Will Devour

    I had my first panic attack in health class My senior year. I never felt so many things at one in my entire life. My ears startedringing then i felt really light headed my heart started to pound out of my chest it felt like then the adrenaline kicked through my veins by now I had...
    1woody 1woody 36-40, M 4 Responses Dec 23, 2011

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    Panic Attacks And Panic Disorder

    I was always an extremely anxious person, always sensitive, always a worrier.  Looking back now, I can see that I had panic attacks as far back as grade school.  Of course, as a child, I only thought that I was constantly sick.  I was constantly needing to go to...
    suzanneontheriver suzanneontheriver 26-30, F 16 Responses Jul 12, 2006

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    When I was younger, I used to get them

    whenever my precognitive senses would pick up on someone I care about being harmed mentally, physically, sexually, or emotionally. I knew it wasn't a regular panic attack, because the person would be on my mind the entire time, and once i figured out what was happening to them...
    dontyouunderstand dontyouunderstand 18-21 1 Response May 14

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    The worst one yet. My chest

    and throat hurt. I was hysterical and felt.... I don't know. It sucks cuz I'm emotionally exhausted but I can't sleep. I haven't been able to for weeks.
    LoveisBeautiful5013 LoveisBeautiful5013 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 6

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    I used to only get them

    when I stayed away from home. Then I started getting them on exams, assemblies and going out for a meal. Then I started getting them in lessons. Yesterday I had 6. One of them last for an hour. People that don't have them just don' understand what it could possibly feel like. I...
    thequietone0307 thequietone0307 18-21, F 4 Responses Mar 18

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    My panic attacks have always been the worst.

    It was so severe a while ago, but it's getting better. I used to have at least 10 anxiety attacks per day. Now? It's down to none (I do not take medication). I do have one every now and again though. Anyways. I remember my worst attack. I don't want to mention the origin...but...
    losingNemo losingNemo 13-15, F 2 Responses Dec 1, 2014

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    I really hate these panic attacks

    when I'm feeling stressed out. I start feeling paranoid, anxious, nervous. My hearts starts beating so fast, my head starts aching badly, my hands start sweating... I hate it.
    LittleUnicorn LittleUnicorn 18-21 1 Response Mar 25

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    Panic Disorder

    i have lived with panic disorder most of my life. i see a phsychiatrist, i take medication, i've been to support groups, read many books and some days are great but other days the panic takes over. i would like to be able to do anything i want without wondering how i'm going to...
    prettyinpink prettyinpink 46-50, F 4 Responses Feb 7, 2007

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    And when I cry too much,

    my face goes numb. Does anybody else experience this?
    tryingtobeashappyasiappear tryingtobeashappyasiappear 18-21, F 3 Responses Mar 23, 2014

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    A wave flutters in Gently Then soundingly

    Till I hear footsteps A clatter of cues closing in Then a thump Right behind my aching back It tries to jerk my being Into accepting sanity Then THUNDER Right through my heart She was beauty She held and listened to me Shaking with unshakable anguish Penetretated by...
    Ymfas Ymfas 26-30, M Aug 7

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    Don't you just love panic attacks.

    If you have not tried one you really should.
    novaesq novaesq 56-60, M 2 Responses Mar 14

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    deleted deleted 26-30 Jul 11

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    I have had 2 panic attacks years ago.

    they occurred in July when I was young and we would have family come and visit us. on the 2 and day of their visit I would have a seizure. the following year at the same time and same situation I would have another seizure. I saw a doctor and he told me what was going on. ever...
    peppit peppit 36-40, M Mar 16

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    I've been having them a lot lately.

    sometimes I have them when I wake up in the morning. Guess its time to get some help for it.
    Allcatsareawesome Allcatsareawesome 18-21, F 1 Response May 30

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    when I was about 18 I HAD a panic attack.

    heart racing, felt like couldn't breathe, sweating, dizzy,heart palpitations. I thought I was having a friggin heart attack. I had many more after that and I discovered that I wasn't dying or going crazy. not fun
    Ang012685 Ang012685 26-30, F 1 Response Apr 8

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    Had Them - Now, I Don't - And - I Don't Miss Them

    I've been hyper-active (even ADD) all my life. I ran wide open on everything I've done. I believe that, in my case, the panic attacks that I experienced were a way of telling me to slow down, smell the roses and re-think personal priorities. I had warnings of things to come...
    funspot4jnf funspot4jnf 56-60, M 2 Responses Jul 30, 2006

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    alisaid007 alisaid007 26-30, M 1 Response Aug 7

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    I remember feeling very sick,

    right from the morning. So I went to take a shower, only made it worse. I nearly passed out. When I got out, I couldnt walk straight.. With every step I heard less and less, and what I saw were blurry lines. This, along with the difficulty in breathing and the pressure in my...
    BMTH99 BMTH99 16-17, F Apr 7

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    Every Monday morning I get a panic attack

    and tomorrow morning I'm planning on telling my mom because I actually have depression and anxiety , it affects my life very much , I'm very young and I don't think this should be happing , I get panic attacks a lot in school I normally ask to go bathroom and deal with it , it...
    beckyboo99 beckyboo99 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 15

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    I have small or medium panic attacks like every

    day. Sometimes I have major panic attacks where I have to just hide in a bathroom because I think I'm going to throw up. I'm having a slight panic attack right now and I'm trying to keep myself busy on EP to distract myself. My heart is racing and I feel nauseous. My dad is...
    helloo12121 helloo12121 13-15, F 2 Responses Jul 18

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    Living With It

    I have been having panic attacks for the past 10 years. I have been on paxil, zoloft, and now on effixor for the last 4 years. It seems to be the only thing that helps me. as long as I take my meds i am fine but if i skip a couple days they come back. I know they say that there...
    Mydnight Mydnight 41-45, M 2 Responses May 6, 2007

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    I've definitely had panic attacks before.

    They are the worst feelings ever. My heart races, my body shakes uncontrollably, my eyes tear up, my chest gets a punched in feeling, its very hard to breathe, my mind is just... everywhere and I feel like the biggest mess. I just feel like screaming to relieve the pain. I just...
    supahdupahrosie supahdupahrosie 18-21, F 2 Responses Jan 26, 2014

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    Having one now I think.

    Shaking. Shortness of breath. Freezing cold. Maybe it's low blood sugar, but while watching the Time Machine I started to hyperventilate...Something was triggered.
    ZER0RPHEUS ZER0RPHEUS 18-21, F 3 Responses Nov 26, 2014

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    I get random panic attacks.

    It's very terrifying and also tiring. Worrying when I will have the next one and who will be around is always in my head, which adds to the anxiety which causes the attacks. It's a very vicious cycle. There are always many stressors in my life, I wish I could handle them better...
    Marie090 Marie090 22-25, F 4 Responses Mar 4, 2014

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    Not last night but the night before.

    It seems to have been caused by discontentment with my present life circumstances. :(
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Jul 15

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    Today while driving. It was the worst feeling

    ever ... I thought I was dying and couldn't breathe ... I started bawling and my arms and hands got all tingly and my right arm was in pain ... I never went through this before ... It lasted almost half an hr I got home and I couldn't stop crying and my roommate is like do u...
    Luna77721 Luna77721 26-30, F 4 Responses Apr 4, 2014

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    I have had them for years.

    I use to have them all of the time but in recent years they had become few and far between until recently. I hate not knowing when one may happen and not knowing how long it may last. within the past year I have been able to usually figure out what brings one on which helps me...
    mrhph3 mrhph3 36-40, M 1 Response Jan 6

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    Tonight I got off work early at 9 PM

    and called my mom to pick me up. She didn't answer after calling 3 times, and I couldn't call my stepdad because he's away on a trip, so I just decided to walk home. I didn't really mind because it's really nice outside tonight and I only live about 15 minutes away from my work...
    deleted deleted 26-30 6 Responses Apr 18

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    Just Breathe And Redirect

    To date, I have only had 3 real panic attacks/breakdowns. The last one came yesterday. Panic is a response either to fear of an unknown stimulus or fear of a known stimulus. You may suffer a panic attack at facing a new teacher when you were particular cozy with another one or...
    deleted deleted 26-30 11 Responses Jan 11, 2010

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    Perhaps The Beginnings Of An Attack?

    I was on holiday in Indonesia with my Dad and Aunty recently. One night I was casually having a discussion about prostitution (as you do) when I began to feel quite anxious, seemingly over nothing.I felt a lump developing in my throat and felt a bit shaky. Next thing I knew I was...
    BettyValentine BettyValentine 22-25, F 3 Responses Jun 25, 2012

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    I have something I gotta get outta me

    so yea.. I was younger from 5th grade to 8th grade.. I had depression anxiety and anger problems. I would not stop crying for those 3/4 years straight. All day long I'd cry even sometimes I'd wake up from my sleep just to cry and I'd even cry myself to sleep. The split second is...
    Fifidog Fifidog 16-17, F 1 Response Jul 4, 2014

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    Hate my little boy seeing me in

    such a state ... Not being able to tell him mummy is ok she just needs time to herself to calm down and the more he's watching as he doesn't understand why mummy is crying and can't catch her breath.. the more I can't help but get more upset!! Tight chest, light headed and...
    Blondie2903 Blondie2903 22-25, F 3 Responses Aug 13

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    my family ordered some wings from a very known

    place and I answered the door when the food arrived. I handed the man a twenty with the food being seventeen dollars and something, I knew I needed change in return. we conversed about the money and the man only had one dollar. my aunt gave me some more money, I went back to the...
    taurusboi23 taurusboi23 22-25, M 1 Response Mar 23

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    I used to get these a lot.

    Made me consider suicide at one point but I fought it off with my mind and I don't get them anymore. I feel pride knowing that I can beat something internal within my own head. If I can do this I can easily diffuse any external situation that may arise. I believe that literally...
    herewegothen herewegothen 18-21, M May 7

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    Just a few hours ago,

    honesty if there is anyone who can educate me on panic attacks/anxiety, how and why they happen, and how to stop or prevent them it would be so helpful. I read up on it and there is not alot out there. I am so sick of feeling so helpless about this.
    LoveisBeautiful5013 LoveisBeautiful5013 18-21, F 5 Responses Jul 16

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    PrincessTiff1997 PrincessTiff1997 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 8

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    Had a panic attack last night,

    was pretty intense. The main problem with it was, I was trying to sleep so I kept having a dream overload, so all my dreams were about 5 seconds long in quick succession, and were very confusing and bizarre. I've never had a fever dream but I imagine what I experienced would be...
    JonnySlackMallon JonnySlackMallon 22-25, M 1 Response Jul 13

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    Panic On the Open Road

    I have had many panic attacks.  The worst attack I had was while I was driving to the beach to meet up with my entire family for our annual camping trip.  I was driving myself, my boyfriend @ the time & our infant son.  We had left on our journey late that...
    TheIdeaOfMe TheIdeaOfMe 31-35, F 1 Response Nov 30, 2007

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    I have had several before,

    mainly right before I started high school and when I first started high school, but my most recent one was the worst one I think I have ever had. I had just done a cadaver lab for school (we studied the muscles and organs of dead people). Seeing these people, and hearing about...
    tinkbell1 tinkbell1 18-21, F 1 Response Jun 18

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    I Have Had a Panic Attack.&nbs...

    I have had a panic attack.  It was at a really bad time too... when I got pulled over by a trooper on the freeway.  I had to have an ambulance called.   It was more embarrasing because I used to be a 911 operator and never really saw myself in that situation...
    Bonjourchic Bonjourchic 26-30, F 2 Responses Jun 8, 2007

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    I've been suffering from them a lot more lately.

    I destroyed an old tv of mine out of rage the other day and started crying. I think I need to see a professional about it. I don't want to end up blowing up in front of someone.
    anchoria anchoria 22-25, M Aug 17

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    Today, while I was studying in my room,

    before leavin to univ.. Suddenly, I felt like my heart racing, had shortness of breath and I started trembling.. I had no control over my thoughts.. I was feeling dizzy and I didn't want to go out, feeling like something bad will happen if I did. It's the first time I feel this...
    Extrano Extrano 18-21, F May 14

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    Without a hadow of a doubt.

    One of te scariest feelings i have ever experienced. Tight chested, tears, minimul oxygen goin i to my body... I basically felt robbed of everything i need to live. The adrenaline rush afterwards makes me tired though, so afterwards I just want to take a nap or sit alone...
    DrDeathDefying DrDeathDefying 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 8

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    I had my first panic attack about 3 weeks ago.

    ... I was at a camp with 49 other girls from around my state, I didn't know anyone. The first day was anxiety filled and it was pretty hard for me. During the evening we had a some down time and I asked to go buy a bottle of water but the director didn't want me to. I think the...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Aug 14

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    Three of them. Never from nerves

    or anxiety. Generally from bad health from insomnia. I sometimes go for days with maybe an hour total of sleep. Not that I'm not trying. They felt like heart attacks, but then I don't know what one feels like. Also, I smoke cigarettes and pot, and have done some lines in the...
    SofaKing9000 SofaKing9000 31-35, M 2 Responses Nov 15, 2014