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I Have Had a Panic Attack

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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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    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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    Subway Panic

    During a particularly stressful point in my life, I remember that taking the subway became a battle.  I used to take the A train in New York from Dominican Harlem to classes I was taking downtown.  From 125th to 59th street, the A train travels for about 10 minutes...
    Seraph1m Seraph1m 26-30, M 5 Responses Jul 23, 2006

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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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    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.
    LonelyRollingStar LonelyRollingStar 18-21, F 4 Responses Nov 26, 2014

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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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    MusicLover4Eternity MusicLover4Eternity 13-15, F 4 Responses Feb 21

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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...
    Rourou19 Rourou19 18-21, F 1 Response May 14

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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 there is something wrong with me,

    i used to only have panic attacks when something scared me.. its getting worst everday, a few days my mom wanted me to boil hot dogs, but i always make them in the miowave. the change was to much for me, i begged my mom to let me make them like i always do. but she said that...
    SpideyAlyx SpideyAlyx 13-15, M 2 days ago

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    sroonaka616 sroonaka616 18-21 May 4

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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 3 Responses Mar 14

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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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    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 remember when I was in sixth grade

    and all I could think about was when the pain would be over. It started out as a small pain in my side but it progressed over a few months to a full blown panic attack. My parents both own their own companies and work all day until very late at night. I grew up being used to...
    Lunawoofy Lunawoofy 18-21 3 Responses May 26, 2014

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    I used to have panic attacks A LOT.

    I was a nervous kid & remember having a couple then. But they didn't start majorly until I was in my early 20's. There was a lot of stress in my life at that time. I didn't know how to handle it. I started having panic attacks daily. I was afraid to go out of town. I...
    RubyLane RubyLane 41-45, F Dec 25, 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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    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 have aniexty bad sometimes,

    i think about death alot and im scared to die.... i have a hard time talking to new people. i have panic attacks at school alot and i end up crying. i only have a few friends who can calm me down when it happens... one time i had a panic attact when we were black friday shopping...
    SpideyAlyx SpideyAlyx 13-15, M 3 Responses Jan 20

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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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    Ya I had panic attack n anxiety

    because of stress 2 years ago.... Now i eat properly n won't do stressful work ... Laughter is the Best meds.. is to be happy :) sure cure
    onionring onionring 51-55, F Mar 14, 2014

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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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    Drawer

    I try to keep the panic in an old drawer, those that nobody touches, in the hope of ever having to scour old drawers and face undesirable fears from old frustrations and habits. Between keeping going and stepping back, the thought of giving up is not far away. And when it...
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses May 30, 2011

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    I fainted once on account of what I think must

    have been a panic attack. I have always been rather prone to health anxiety and it was worse when I was younger. As a child to read of symptoms would always make me imagine I was feeling them. I have managed to get better at coping with this tendency over time, but on one...
    macmann macmann 56-60, M Nov 23, 2014

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    I hate it when you're panic free

    for like a week or two, and everything is just getting better for you that you think to yourself hey I made it & am cured no more panic for me. untill... untill it hits you out of no where without any warning signs just out of nowhere kinda like saying "hey remember me am still...
    MK25 MK25 22-25, M 2 Responses Dec 5, 2014

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    In school, all the girls had to have injections

    and I'm absolutely terrified of needles and when my class got called to the hall to have the injections, I started to get really scared and I tried to sneak back to class but one of the teachers noticed and I started to panic a lot and the nurse came out with injection and that...
    Sinnister14 Sinnister14 13-15, F 2 Responses Dec 24, 2014

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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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    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 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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    I was in school, sitting at my desk,

    listening to my Spanish teacher talk when I realized I was becoming increasingly anxious. I couldn't sit still and my eyes kept darting arond the room, no thought could stay in my mind for more than a second because another thought would just pop in its place. I raised my hand...
    dioptase13 dioptase13 18-21, F 2 Responses Dec 25, 2014

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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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    School From Hell..

    Just to begin... I've always been weird, in this case I was the youngest in my class, and no one spoke to me, everyone teased me to no end, and I was simply awkward, I remember this kid that was insistent on having our first time together, he asked me every day, and I really...
    ximximy ximximy 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 31, 2010

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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 Want to Be Normal

    I had my first panic attack at 17; I'm 33 now.  My first attack happened when I was home with my girlfriend watching movies.  I felt a wave wash over me, but I wasn't sure what it was.  I thought I needed to throw up, so I went to the bathroom, but didn't...
    guyfightingpanic guyfightingpanic 31-35 6 Responses Jun 23, 2009

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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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    it's not me, it's my friend

    who has it. she's 19 and she has started having panic attacks lately. what should be done? how does one handle it? and most importantly, what health risk does it have?
    inadequacies inadequacies 18-21, F 4 Responses Jan 23

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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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    Frequently

    I tend to get panic attacks quite frequently.....my chest starts tightening and I cant breathe very well.....severe chest pains....arms going numb....just crying uncontrollably. But, Now I am on meds that have kinda stopped the trend of my panic attacks. I still have small ones...
    picgirl picgirl 31-35, F 8 Responses Jan 6, 2008

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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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    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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    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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    I think I've had 2 or 3

    because once I almost got ran over and because I have been really afraid of dogs since I was little. This one time was horrible tho because there was a concert when I was in the 9th grade and it was late. I was walking back to the car with my mom and a big dog wasdarting around...
    Kymm951 Kymm951 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 25, 2014

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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...
    babyllove21 babyllove21 18-21, F 7 Responses Apr 18

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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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    i had one today couldnt stop crying,

    shaking, could barely breath.Is there any advice someone could give me on how to deal when i have an attack, they dont happen to often but id like to know.
    allsanitylostallsanitylost allsanitylostallsanitylost 16-17, F 4 Responses Dec 30, 2014

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    I've been having them

    since I was six years old. When I was younger it was worse because of specific factors (abuse) that would leave me hyperventilating, getting physically sick to my stomach and passing out. Now a days I just pray to God and it goes away. If not right away, just keep praying and it...
    gardengirl17 gardengirl17 22-25, F Apr 8

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