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I Have Had a Panic Attack

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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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    sroonaka616 sroonaka616 18-21 May 4

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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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    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 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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    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 3 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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    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 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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    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

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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 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 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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    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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    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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    I had my first panic attack in three years last

    night. It was awful and I am very scared to explain this part of it to my fiance, who was totally taken aback by the whole experience. I said something very rude to his friend (it was beyong unacceptable and I have no way to heal that relationship) and then I panicked thinking...
    johanimal johanimal 26-30, F Jun 14

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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 4 Responses Nov 26, 2014

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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 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 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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    MusicLover4Eternity MusicLover4Eternity 13-15, F 4 Responses Feb 21

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

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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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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 have had many panic attacks.

    I have take xanax twice a day, just to prevent them from happening. I have social anxiety, and it gets pretty bad sometimes.
    BroknGirl89 BroknGirl89 26-30, F 1 Response Jul 2

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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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    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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    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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    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 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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Not last night but the night before.

    It seems to have been caused by discontentment with my present life circumstances. :(
    waspfactory waspfactory 36-40, M 1 Response Jul 15

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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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    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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