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I Have Panic Attacks

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    Everyone thinks they have anxiety

    and throws the term panic attack around like it’s no big thing. Yes, many people do truly go through both, but you don’t ever want to experience a panic attack, and unless you’ve had one you have no idea what it is like. Stop acting like it’s a casual thing, because for...
    ForeverLife ForeverLife 13-15, F Jul 26

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    i always have some health related anxiety

    that triggers severe panic attacks.. .. i am in good health in general and i come out good in tests. i was never worried about my health i used to train and exercise and wasnt afraid of getting my heart racing . i ate unhealthy and smoked cigarettes and drank coffe and drank...
    antoneli antoneli 18-21, M 2 Responses Sep 10

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    I'm at work and having a normal day.

    .. I do not know why I am having these tiny panic attacks!!!
    rocknangel rocknangel 26-30, F Jul 20

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    One time when I lived with my brother he tried

    to hit me and my mom stopped him. He pushed her down and I started to has a panic attack and tired to run away. I started shaking and stumbling out the door. I could barely walk. And I was hyperventilating and blubbering. I kept repeating: It's alright... It's alright... It's...
    LoverOfAllSouls LoverOfAllSouls 13-15, F 1 Response Aug 9

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    Something small can set me off.

    ... It's really scary. All the sudden I feel like can't breathe and my heart's pounding. And I start crying. I can't talk and I can't control my emotions. Does anyone know how to help control these? Mine are really intense and I'm afraid I'll get one in public or at school...
    sarah81199 sarah81199 13-15, F 1 Response Aug 7

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    I had the first panic attack of my life two

    nights ago.....I didn't know what it was! Then yesterday I was fine, then today while I was hanging out with my ex, I had two...then on the way home I had one...then I had two in the garage...then 3 when I got up to my room......8 in one day, in the course of 3 hours.....
    RavenEP RavenEP 16-17, T 2 Responses Aug 17

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    I had about 6 panic attacks tonight,

    all within an hour. Not sure what set me off; I hate it when they come out of the blue like that, I was fine all day.
    cricket2121 cricket2121 18-21, F 3 days ago

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    Or do I? I've been thinking about it.

    Are those things I get at night really panic attacks? I mean, just the other day I witnessed one of my friends having a panic attack. She was like convulsing (not like a seizure but like writhing) on the ground. She was moaning. Horrified and disoriented. She kept saying she...
    PinkMellow PinkMellow 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 16

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    I've had panic attacks

    for a couple of years, It was so frightening when I first had one I didn't even know what was happening I me at the time! All I felt I knew was I was gonna die. The feeling was absolutely horrible as I tried gasping for breath. my whole body tightened, my chest tightened! I...
    ForeverLife ForeverLife 13-15, F 1 Response Jan 2

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    Panic attacks have literally change

    who I was as a person, then changing my life. Recovering from depression was much easier, because a lot of it is based around concepts. panic attacks aren't based around concepts though. The cure is not really there. After my depression I became a happy/normal girl. I have...
    maurylight maurylight 18-21, F 2 Responses Sep 4

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    Does anyone have any tips on calming yourself

    down if no resources are around ? ( like medication or water ) when you feel an attack coming on . Please and thank you
    JustIndifferent JustIndifferent 18-21, F 5 Responses Aug 23

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    A Story Of Overcoming Panic, Even For Just One Day!

    I wanted to share a story about one day in my life where i stopped a panic attack, in hopes maybe it will be helpful to my fellow panic attack sufferers.... Some of you know that i give hour long presentations in front of sometimes hundreds of people (gulp)...never in my wildest...
    prettyinpink prettyinpink 46-50, F Aug 14, 2013

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    ive had them for as long

    as i could remember.i usually think too much about stuff that doesnt matter and i get really tense about it. even if im not thinking about anything in particular its in the back of my mind which makes me freak out and i get really scared and i cant breathe and my heart races. i...
    homu homu 13-15 3 Responses Dec 22, 2013

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    Soooo..... Im afraid of really small spaces

    especially closets and one time my ex boyfriend hit me tied me up and locked me in the closet I freaked out and had a really bad panic attack and finally after a couple hours my friend came looking for me and let me out sooo.... Panic attacks I get them everytime I'm in a closet...
    Englishmuffin15 Englishmuffin15 13-15, F 1 Response Aug 12

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    I haven't been suffering from them

    for too long. About fours now but it still hasn't gotten easier. What triggers them is my fear of dying. I constantly worry I'm going to have a heart attack. And once the thoughts start rolling then I'm screwed. Because the symptoms are so similar it's terrible...I've gone to...
    aBlackRoseBurial aBlackRoseBurial 22-25, M 1 Response Apr 17

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    For the past year I have been probed to have

    panic attacks. And there seems as if there is no way out. I have been to many hospitals and physiatrics, but I feel lonely and want a friend to talk to.
    maxjanin maxjanin 13-15, M Jul 20

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    This is the first time I'm writing something

    about panic attacks or "talking" about it to anyone else than my boyfriend. I'm not sure when it all started, but I remember that when I was around 18 I started having panic attacks inside the classroom and in places where I could not easily "escape". I would certainly suffer...
    VoodooCat VoodooCat 18-21, F 1 Response Sep 7

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    Just a reminder: Panic attacks cannot hurt you.

    No matter how bad your panic attack is, you will come out on the other side alive and unharmed. It is just your body reacting to stress. Yes, it’s unhelpful and scary and feels like s.hit, but you actually will be okay.
    InhuldibleCrelk InhuldibleCrelk 36-40 2 Responses Sep 3

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    I Hate Panic Attacks

    i have had panic attacks since i was 15  and the littlest things can trigger them  such as being in big crouds or in small cars or walking alone sometimes even just being on a phone can trigger them 
    gloriajean238509 gloriajean238509 26-30, F 9 Responses Jun 24, 2009

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    Alotttttttt. I've had panic attacks

    since I was a youngin. Ever since I can remember, I would have panic fits. Especially when I was surrounded by people/strangers. I would get sweaty, and then I'd freak out more because I would think people seeing me sweat and they'd think I was weird or gross, my heart always...
    UnstableSammi UnstableSammi 22-25, F 2 Responses Aug 20

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    Today was a tough day.

    I went in for a really great on campus job. The job not only paid a little but it also involved in raising community awareness and educating my peers. The program required a work shop prior to interviewing. At first I was excited but as the workshop went on the topic grew closer...
    enlightenyoursoul enlightenyoursoul 26-30, F 1 Response Aug 15

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    So I was with a few friends

    and went to the next town over to get some ice cream. It is literally only ten minutes from my house. Then I started thinking, what if something is wrong with my throat and I won't be able to breath? What if that is causing my panic attacks. I started feeling my neck with my...
    ElephantCozmo ElephantCozmo 16-17, F 1 Response Jul 19

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    I Remember My First

    My 1st panic attack was horrible.  I didn't even know what it was.  I started hyperventilating and couldn't stop.  It just kept getting worse, probably because I didn't know what the *ell it was and it was scarring me.  Talk about a vicious cycle.   I'm...
    WarriorMom WarriorMom 51-55, F 10 Responses Dec 8, 2008

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    For the last few months I've been having panic

    attacks at least twice a week. The first time I had one I went to the emergency room because I had no idea what was happening. I kept telling my family that I swore I was having a heart attack! I couldn't sit still because I thought if I did I was going to pass out. (For some...
    ElephantCozmo ElephantCozmo 16-17, F 2 Responses Jul 15

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    I wake up. Can't breathe.

    Feel like I'm going to die. Why does this happen to me? Despite some horrible things that have happened in my past, my life is great right now. I have amazing friends and an amazing family yet late at night I wake up feeling with this huge feeling of impending doom. I don't know...
    beautifullybrokengirl beautifullybrokengirl 18-21, F 3 Responses Aug 28

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    I Can't Stand It

    I hate having anxiety attacks at the strangest times. Alot of people just don't understand what it is like. I don't want to take meds for it either. My husband sometimes makes me angry because he will get annoyed with me over it. I've been having them since I was a child. I went...
    Roserick22 Roserick22 41-45, F 8 Responses Jun 16, 2009

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    I had my first panic attack right

    before I entered 6th grade. I was sitting in Sunday School and suddenly an incident that occurred a few months before popped in my head. A few months before I got a nose bleed and I wound up having a seizure after a huge blood clot came out of my nose. I was rushed to the...
    harmony4850 harmony4850 16-17, F 2 Responses Aug 7

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    When I was young, probably around second grade,

    a girl moved to my school. I didn't know her but she started to pick on me. It went on until 5th grade. At one point she decided to hurt me. Kick, hit, etc. She told me to kill myself and that I'm a worthless piece of ****. I get flashbacks of her doing that stuff to me and I...
    elizabethcalvin elizabethcalvin 13-15, F 1 Response Aug 9

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    I often have panic attacks.

    Sometimes they can last a few minutes, sometimes they can last a couple of hours. The ones that last hours are the worst. I have muscles twitches, the shakes, suicidal thoughts and agitated skin. I try to the find the sharpest thing close to me and just run it over my skin...
    JonnySlackMallon JonnySlackMallon 22-25, M 2 Responses Aug 28

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    Panic attacks are something i fear,

    i feel like i'm outside of my body when it happens and it scares me so bad.
    jesikahluv jesikahluv 18-21, F Jul 26

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    How I Dealt With My Panic Attacks

    I truly hope that at least something in here might help someone find out how to conquer their own attacks. The first part of this explains what I went through when I first had one and at the bottom will be any and all of the advice I can think of to anyone else...
    lightsworn lightsworn 22-25, M 10 Responses Oct 4, 2009

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    Do You Get Annoyed When People Use The Term Panic Attack Nonchalantly?

    I mean people who've never had real panic attacks. A girl says something like "I'm like... having a panic attack" because she has a damn term paper due or something. I know they don't know any better and don't mean anything by it, but in my mind I'm rolling my eyes thinking...
    Trillmatic Trillmatic 22-25, M 7 Responses Nov 21, 2012

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    and they have been ruining my life

    for 3 years now. It's like I'm living my life, tip-toe-ing round a monster who could wake and wreck havoc at any moment. I hate it.
    Rubyrooo Rubyrooo 13-15, F 1 Response Aug 7

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    Here I am again. Sitting on the floor trying

    not to cry too loud because someone might hear me and ask what's wrong. And I can't give a straight answer. Because right now it feels like everything's wrong. I just want this to stop
    NowhereKid NowhereKid 16-17, F 1 Response Jul 31

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    I started my new job 2 months ago.

    Ever since day 1 I've been having these panic attack I'm always worried I've done something wrong or I'm just not up to their standards. I'm always looking over my should who's talking about me and over analysing how people talk to me. I'm always thinking people hate me. I...
    karls11 karls11 36-40, F 4 Responses Mar 11

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    On the phonw. In stores.

    They have no respect for timing either.
    Livyn4pals Livyn4pals 46-50, M Jul 14

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    Hiding A Tattoo From My Parents

    The summer before I turned 19, I got a small tattoo on my side. My parents were very old fashioned and were extremely strict with me when I was a kid, so I decided that I would just get it somewhere where they can't see. The next couple of months passed and I showed my friends...
    andrew11822 andrew11822 18-21, M Mar 13, 2013

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    I'm at a family reunion

    and feel like I'm hiding a secret that no one else understands... Trying to keep it all together and feeling like life is hitting me too hard all at the same time... Sigh!
    rocknangel rocknangel 26-30, F Jul 26

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    It feels so real, the thoughts keep coming.

    My brain whispers "your dying" "you can't breathe" "you have a disease" I can't sleep, I can't..I can't live like this..constant worrying
    girl3255 girl3255 16-17, F 2 Responses Mar 21

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    I'm on the verge of Havin one.

    God my thoughts are racing and I'm crying and shaking. I cut again but it didn't help much. I want this to end. I took 10 sleep aids so hopefully they will help me sleep. I wanna kill myself so badly. Nobody cares about me. I am a worthless piece of trash. Why couldn't my past...
    blahlahblah599 blahlahblah599 16-17, F 1 Response Aug 19

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    So I was just wondering

    if anyone ever feels like this. So normally after I have a panic attack, I get this feeling of calmness, and numbness. Like I'm in a dream, but all these triggers are around me and I can't see it. And I feel exhausted and just at a low point. Does anyone else feel like this...
    stef17 stef17 16-17, F 2 Responses Sep 12

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    Just Lost My Job...

    I have panic disorder. I worked in the dining center of a hospital until three days ago. I've had trouble with other employees there being incredibly rude and almost hostile to me. I was transferred to dishroom from the grill area of the dining center. I loved working dishroom! I...
    kneefree kneefree 18-21, F 3 Responses Oct 5, 2012

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    I Have Panic Attacks

    Panic attacks are as close to having a feeling of a heart attack as they come. I have lost my breath, my heart rate sky rockets, and I tremble. My attacks are not on a daily basis thank god, but when they do happen it is terrifying to say the least. I have no idea what brings...
    IamJody IamJody 22-25, F 5 Responses Feb 8, 2013

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    I think I'm having a panic attack.

    I'm not sure. I can't stop shaking and crying. I'm freaking out. I want to cut so so bad but I don't want to at the same time. I'm literally writhing in bed freaking out. I haven't stopped the shaking or crying for over an hour. I have my blade with me and I keep running the non...
    Imjustdone Imjustdone 16-17, M 1 Response May 25

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    Life With Panic Attacks !!!

       Living with chronic pain truly is had enough but throw in living with severe panic attacks as well and you often feel that life is just not worth living because you don't really live, you exist. I am not saying I am suicidal, but life doesn't exist for me the way it does for...
    TwilightDream TwilightDream 36-40, F 6 Responses Apr 14, 2012

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    I feel it starting to build inside of me.

    I feel the tears behind my eyes. I feel my heart racing. It's pounding like a drum. I feel it through my whole body. . . I'm out side of my job and I feel a panic attack waiting for me to let my guard down. . Waiting for a crack in my armor.
    bestofme85 bestofme85 26-30, F 1 Response Jul 16

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    A Triumph Over A Panic Attack!

    I have PTSD, and I've been subject to panic attacks for the last almost 5 years. Yesterday I had one, but as far as panic attacks go, it wasn't so bad, and I actually didn't feel bad afterward.I had to ride the bus somewhere (I usually do), and all the sudden a ton of kids got on...
    Pebbles1982 Pebbles1982 26-30, F 2 Responses Sep 8, 2012

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    I "used" To Have Panic Attacks

    Panic attacks are horrible. I used to have them from my early teens and off and on throughout my life until a few years ago. I travel often for a living and I was driving down the road when I had my last panic attack (chest pains included). I pulled off on the side of the road...
    ManMovingForward ManMovingForward 41-45, M 3 Responses Apr 14, 2012

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    Theres Hope

    having been a long time sufferer of panic attacks begining at 17 to all those going through this it can be beaten there are plenty of ways to end this torture just know you are not alone and get the help you need and stop letting this problem rob you of time in your life stay...
    irishfersure irishfersure 51-55, M 5 Responses Mar 2, 2013

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    Living With Fear.

    I have had panic attacks for over twenty years, and I have gradually learned to cope with them. My first panic attack saw me head for the emergency department where the doctor asked my friend if I had taken drugs. To top it off they sent me home with valium and said you will be...
    mistyblue mistyblue 41-45, F 2 Responses Jul 13, 2007

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    I'm learning how to sense

    if I am going to have a panic attack and identify my triggers. Like today I was at a really crowded event with some friends but left 20min into it because I knew that if I stayed I was going to have a panic attack. Even though I can't prevent every panic attack I can avoid some...
    TryingToLoveLifeNow TryingToLoveLifeNow 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 26

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    Related Experiences

    I know people that have said that they suffer from panic attacks, but never in the past twenty one years of my life so far had I had one until yesterday.... Things are getting...
    Goingthroughhell182 Goingthroughhell182 18-21, F Sep 11

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    Last year was my first year in college and I barely made it to October before I left school because I had major depression. It was one of the worst experiences of my life. This...
    lissfred58 lissfred58 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 28

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