I Have Had a Panic Attack

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    The first panic attack

    that I can remember happened when I was eleven. Interestingly, I also fell in love for the first time too... It was some kind of party place in a town about half an hour's drive from home, and I did not want to be there. My parents insisted, however. There was this dance hall...
    Pleiotropic Pleiotropic
    46-50, M
    Feb 26

    I've been suffering from anxiety

    and panic attacks since I was extremely young. It sucks. Been on almost every med, they work for a while then stop, then have to ween on and off. It's a horrible thing to have and not many can understand. Many say oh I'm anxious or this or that. I have not gone to school because...
    idontevenknowwow idontevenknowwow
    26-30, F
    1 Response Dec 20, 2015

    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, 2015

    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, 2015

    So I had panic attack on Saturday.

    ... I was with my family yesterday when they began to talk about it . My dad and uncle made a joke about it said it was my fault and my choice to have them - they don't understand at all that I can't stop them ...
    tasha1356 tasha1356
    18-21, F
    Sep 23, 2015

    Almost every day now.

    I never used to have them...
    MakaniOther MakaniOther
    16-17, F
    2 Responses Mar 9

    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

    I have panic attacks

    if a situation happens different then how I planned.I have panic attacks if a stranger needs to come into the house. I have panic attacks if I go somewhere that is too far from home.I have panic attacks if I go somewhere and don't have a means to leave as soon as I want to.
    Chelsea1973 Chelsea1973
    41-45, F
    4 Responses Nov 15, 2015

    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.
    AfterFall AfterFall
    22-25, F
    3 Responses Nov 26, 2014

    I used to think that a panic attack was just

    something that happened to people that I would consider to be "soft" or mentally weak. Then I had one and ended up in the ER thinking that I must be having a stroke. Now I understand that it is a physical reaction and I'm, once again, surprised and impressed by the human body...
    RedMac RedMac
    41-45, M
    Mar 3

    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

    My friend had one today.

    We were in class and everything was going fine, we were working on a little project together while laughing and everything. About 15 minutes later when class ended, she started to get very shaky and asked me to take her to the nurse (she won't care). I was confused because she...
    RoastedCycki RoastedCycki
    70+, F
    4 Responses Nov 24, 2015

    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

    Here where I live, the average height

    for girls is 5'6 and of course guys are even taller... So when I stand in a huge crowd all tiny and barely over 5 feet, I start losing it and feeling weird. I especially hate when I can't move anywhere... Being stuck in a crowd of people taller than you is the worst!
    malinica malinica
    18-21, F
    Dec 29, 2015

    I had a panic attack in class today.

    I was sitting in algebra and my teacher called on my. I didnt know the answer. After a few minutes of him pressuring me and people staring, i broke down. I dont even know why. I went into full attack mode. I fell onto the floor after a minute or two of hyperventilating. I lost...
    WillowTree23 WillowTree23
    13-15, T
    1 Response Feb 16

    I went outside to get cold air

    and to be alone. I couldn't stop crying, I was sobbing hardcore unable to stop, breathing fast, then my let's starting uncontrollably shaking, then my hands starting shaking, then my hands starting to cramp, it didn't hurt but my fingers were forcefully clamping together, I...
    liquidgold18k liquidgold18k
    18-21, F
    1 Response Dec 24, 2015

    I've actually had several panic attacks over

    the last half of the year. The first one I had was when I was doing a workout over the summer with my school?s cross country team. I was running just fine, but I noticed I was still nervous even though I was part way through. Then I started feeling weird and like I couldn't...
    bestowcompassion bestowcompassion
    16-17, F
    Nov 21, 2015

    See ! She is Sonali Bendre.

    . Bollywood '90's heartthrob. Sorta.. Anyway.. I had a Panic Attack when I saw, a Facebook Profile under my LEAGAL NAME.. of aBangaldeshi Woman from West Springfiled.. and had a Short Hair cut.. Guess Who?  Umma Kulsum Chowdhury Shondha? Can you Belive? under my Leagal name...
    lisawoodsadoon49 lisawoodsadoon49
    41-45, F
    1 Response Feb 17

    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, 2015

    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
    41-45, M
    4 Responses Dec 23, 2011

    I am recovering from a panic attack.

    I have been feeling sick for days. Weak and depressed. It is hard for me to carry on. Fortunately tomorrow is my last shift and I have nearly two weeks off.
    Doomflower Doomflower
    31-35, F
    2 Responses Feb 1

    Hyperventilating while telling myself I'm okay,

    I'm fine, everything will work out. Breath...breath....this **** is to much. Not again. Please not again.
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    4 Responses Feb 16

    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

    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
    9 Responses Jan 11, 2010

    i just had a random panic attack without

    warning i just started thinking about life and **** nothing new only difference is this time is i had my amazing boyfriend whom I've been dating for only 2 weeks he calmed me down and just kept on talking me through it i couldn't be more grateful
    Natasia98 Natasia98
    16-17, F
    Jan 17

    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
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Aug 13, 2015
    Christuner666 Christuner666
    26-30, M
    Dec 14, 2015

    They are (panic attacks) a very strange thing.

    I've had them while driving and when I break it down during times of continued stress.
    grausound grausound
    51-55, M
    Aug 30, 2015

    It's very disturbing

    and embarrassing but what to do, my life is hell . It has a recurring theme of sad experiences.
    lonelylifeindia lonelylifeindia
    26-30, M
    Apr 14

    My panic attacks are unique.

    The Doctors think I am crazy but I have found out how to avoid and take of them. My panic attack is happens when I have to talk whats on my mind due to it over thinking everything. When I mean everything, its everything that is on my mind. Its a good feeling at first then starts...
    aceradcat aceradcat
    41-45, M
    Nov 9, 2015

    I've had many panic attacks

    but there is one particular that I remember.. it was my grandpa's birthday and the whole family was going out and at first I was okay. then we got to the place we were going to eat and it was crazy busy. I sat at the end so I wasnt that close to anyone. I couldn't even order...
    ShawnaMae123 ShawnaMae123
    18-21, F
    1 Response Mar 13

    I was playing the game Risk

    for the first time with my friends and I was winning it. But I started worrying about if everyone was going to hate me because I was beating them. So eventually I couldn't handle it and broke down. No one knew what to do so they all tried to make me feel better by telling me...
    hippopotamusluv hippopotamusluv
    22-25, F
    Feb 17

    I keep waking up in a panic attack

    and have to go around the house and make sure everyone is alive. I have been doing this everyday since my mom passed in her sleep 2 weeks ago. Will it ever stop?
    DCG1219 DCG1219
    31-35, F
    2 Responses Jan 14

    I had a panic attack last Friday

    after seeing my mother get ill for 5 days straight. Every time she came home from work she would do so crying and holding a bag of bloody vomit, and then through the night I would hear her screaming. This stopped recently, but the reason why I had the panic attack I think was...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    1 Response Feb 17

    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

    I know I've had at least one.

    This was really stupid, but my phone had gotten really wet a few nights before and after putting it in rice for sometime, we took it back out and it still wasn't working. I ran up to my room and my stomach began to hurt. I started to feel incredibly nauseated, like I was gonna...
    SapphireTheatreHeart SapphireTheatreHeart
    18-21, F
    Jan 3

    I've got them under control now

    but I still hate them
    Lasbutterfly Lasbutterfly
    18-21, F
    Nov 15, 2015

    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, 2015

    just a little tip for getting through a rough

    panic attack no matter where you are. stare at something specific just long enough to do this...breathe in slowly from your nose for 4 seconds, and out through your mouth for 4 seconds. do it 3 or 4 times. you are purposely slowing down your breathing and slowing down your heart...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    Nov 14, 2015

    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
    26-30, M
    1 Response Jul 13, 2015

    I have battled anxiety

    and severe panic attacks for 13 years. I have gone through everything imaginable, from running out of stores, not being able to work, drive or even leave my home. not even able to look outside, listen to music or watch most TV shows, and I drove myself to the hospital in a panic...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    5 Responses Nov 14, 2015

    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

    I had my first panic attack in the third grade.

    I don't get them often, and haven't actually had that many. I didn't even see that they were panic attacks until my recent one. I was a dancer. In the eighth grade, however, dance was just too much. I was on a team where I felt extremely insecure all the time. My depression...
    rainandbooks rainandbooks
    13-15, F
    Jan 3

    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

    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, 2015

    I do have an anxiety disorder

    that is controlled by medication. I've had panic attacks and they're not very pleasant. They don't happen very often, but, when they do, I do my best to not let them get the best of me.
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    Jan 27

    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

    My mother in-law used to suffer panic attacks

    all the time. One day, she got angry. I mean VERY angry at her son. He had been making her life hell. Things had been eating at her for years and she had been bottling them up inside. She started yelling at him, and after a few minutes, it was like the flood gates were thrown...
    traveler440 traveler440
    46-50, M
    Nov 14, 2015

    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

    I had a panic attack only once!

    It happened a few months ago and at the time I didn't know I was having a panic attack until I spoke to my best friend and she explained it to me. One night I had a late night meeting with my co-workers. We have this meeting every week yet for some reason I felt dizzy, nauseous...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    Feb 18

    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

    I remember the first one.

    I was young and working in a shop. Woke up one morning and didn't want to leave the safety of my bedroom. All day at work I kept thinking about getting back to my room. One night a girl phoned me to ask if I wanted to go to a nightclub. My stomach did a double flip and my...
    chanelP chanelP
    41-45, F
    1 Response Jan 2
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