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I Have Had a Panic Attack

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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 5 Responses Jan 23

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    im currently in the process of recovering right

    now, i still feel like utter crap. basically the story is i woke up and took a shower my stomach was hurting and i had an interview in an hour. (btw i have G E R D, and acid reflux) it inflames my throat and makes it difficult to eat and breath sometimes. so i did my interview...
    littlemac64 littlemac64 22-25, M 1 Response Nov 4, 2014

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    Study your *** off then take your pants off!

    Well, it doesn't work that way for me. It was The end of the year and we were doing finals I studied really hard, math was my worse subject (I failed lots of test in her class) I felt a sick feeling In my stomach but I started the test anyway. I swear I felt like crying then...
    ZKAZ ZKAZ 16-17, F 1 Response Jun 11, 2014

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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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    I really need to tell this story without

    revealing who I am. Thank you for reading if you are and thank you ep for letting me let it all out. It's a long story and I really can't tell this to anyone I know. (It's long so only read if u have time) never knew my mom was mad. I usually try to listen to her and yield...
    seabird9 seabird9 16-17, F 2 Responses Sep 21, 2014

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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...
    maggieee5086 maggieee5086 16-17, F 2 Responses Mar 29, 2014

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    Not even a few hours ago,

    I had my first one. I had been invited to a family meal and I don't know, but I was getting so anxious. I started shaking and couldn't stop. I asked my dad if I could get another drink and he said to see if the others wanted one. I did and stood waiting. Around five ten...
    Angel1509 Angel1509 13-15, F Sep 6, 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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    Yeah I had a panic attach (my worst

    so far) this week. I got a warning for my shorts being too short, (they were an once longer than they had to be). I got to the stairwell and broke into a fit of convulsions and tears. I was so scared and having a mini heart attack. Some girl saw me and asked if I was okay. She...
    KateTheStraightedge KateTheStraightedge 16-17, F 5 Responses Sep 11, 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 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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    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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    Is It A Panic Attack Or Heart Attack?

    I hope everyone is still hanging in there! Remember anxiety attacks are just temporary. Nothing more than over the top adrenaline rushes in which you play a silly mind trick on yourself and convince yourself that something terrible is going to happen. That's it! They do go away...
    Lifeafterpanic566 Lifeafterpanic566 31-35, M 1 Response Jan 12, 2013

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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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    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 had my last panic attack a few weeks back,

    and it was rather severe. My heart was racing, I was shaking and I couldn't stop rocking back and forth. My friend was comforting me at the time, and he was just telling me to calm down and breathe in through my nose and out my mouth. It sort of helped. This was all initiated...
    xSundip xSundip 18-21, M 4 Responses Jul 20, 2014

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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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    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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    My most recent one was a few days back.

    The cause of the attack was basic and petty, but it hit me hard; Seeing the one you love kissing someone else. I was shaking, breathing really fast and heavily, I found it hard to talk and my eyes were tearing up. I had to get my friend to call me on Skype so she could calm me...
    xSundip xSundip 18-21, M Sep 2, 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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    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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    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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    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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    The World At A Stand Still

    When I have a panic attack, it always seems like the world is at a stand still. Nothing is around me and all my mind is concerned about is the overwhelming/consumed feelings of the panic attack. I have always had panic attacks before. Before in high school I knew how to control...
    AmazinglyAmazing AmazinglyAmazing 22-25, F 24 Responses Feb 4, 2012

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    I'm having a panic attack!

    I'm so paranoid right now that I think I'm dying. I feel sick and shaky and hot and sweaty all at once. It's horrible.
    ParanoidGirl ParanoidGirl 26-30 1 Response Jul 6, 2014

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    Sometimes it just becomes too much.

    I bottle things up, but I let it out bit by bit when I feel like it's safe and that it's not going to just all come fizzing out. But I take my time to work things out and sometimes the things I put into the bottle is more than I take out. I've only ever had three breakdowns...
    BlueRio BlueRio 18-21, F 2 Responses Jun 11, 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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    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 2 Responses Dec 25, 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 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 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 16-17, F 2 Responses Jan 26, 2014

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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...
    andylovesyou23 andylovesyou23 13-15, M 1 Response Jan 20

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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 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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    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 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'm freaking out. I don't know why

    but I feel like I'm dying. My heart is racing and I'm feeling like bugs are crawling on me. Is this a panic attack? I don't think I've had one before.
    ParanoidGirl ParanoidGirl 26-30 3 Responses Jul 4, 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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    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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    My first panic attack was a few weeks back

    when I was worrying over something really bad, the panic attack was so bad I was gasping for breath and was hyperventilating. One positive effect was I got 2 days off school :P but yes I know I shouldn't be trying to be funny. Then like 3 weeks ago I had my second panic attack...
    Emily97x Emily97x 16-17, F 1 Response Jul 27, 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.
    ForeverStarrs ForeverStarrs 18-21, F 4 Responses Nov 26, 2014

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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...
    Lovethebump Lovethebump 26-30, M 2 Responses Nov 15, 2014

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    I love weddings. They're

    such a happy occasion, and plus, I was old enough to participate. My aunt made me and my cousin Jr. Bridesmaids. I was so elated because the dress were so pretty and my aunt was the happiest I've ever seen her. All the rehearsals went well and nobody was missing on the big...
    HAH37 HAH37 13-15, F Sep 27, 2014

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    I had my very first panic attack today.

    I was at a water park and i went down one of those closed water slides. I went on it with my friend before so i knew what it was like but i had never been on it alone. While inside I could barely breathe and i felt like the walls were closing in on me. It was the scariest moment...
    meganayyye21 meganayyye21 16-17, F 1 Response Jul 20, 2014

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    I Battle Anxiety Disorder

    I have suffered from anxiety disorder since childhood (due to events I will explain down the road in different posts).  In fact I am feeling another panic attack boiling up as I write this post (had one earlier strong enough to make me call off of work today).  I take...
    CFsurvivor CFsurvivor 26 2 Responses May 14, 2008

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    Okay so last Friday I was at My boyfriend's

    house and we were in his room waiting for his parents to finish up dinner. his younger brother had his girlfriend over as well. Me and Ian were kissing and cuddling on his bed. Not under any blankets. And well his mom walked in on us kissing. And said she was grossed out because...
    maromis maromis 18-21, F 2 Responses Sep 17, 2014

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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 just woke up in the middle of the night

    panicking because I thought that I'd double booked myself with two very important appointments. Turns out that both commitments, although on the same morning, were two and a half hours apart giving me time to get from stop A to stop B without being late. Thank goodness that was...
    Qwirkie Qwirkie 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 22

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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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    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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    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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