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I Have Panic Attacks

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    I have them and I hate them.

    when something bad happens I get scared and nervous. I get anxious and scared. the only way I stop them is I count to 4 or just talk about or walk around.
    VictoriaHall VictoriaHall 16-17, F 2 Responses Dec 17

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    And now i'm having another panic attack.

    This is the first one in about two weeks and I cant stop shaking and crying and I'm freaking out.
    n0rthernwind n0rthernwind 18-21, F 4 Responses Nov 24

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    Lately I've been having weirdly un-anxious

    panic attacks. I get all of the physical symptoms of a panic attack- hyperventilating, numb hands, flushed face, beating heart- but none of the mental dread or panic. I've had normal panic attacks before, but this last week they've been off. I was wondering if anyone's ever...
    ElleEstJolieLaide ElleEstJolieLaide 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 18

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    I have panic attacks

    when I go to sleep. I feel extremely uncomfortable, nauseous and restless at first, then it all goes to hell. I wake up and only remember small fragments of the experience, some which are of grotesque pictures in my head. I know I'll kill myself in a panic attack, because I have...
    trinoctal trinoctal 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 11

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    I had a panic attack in J C Penny .

    That was so awkward and scary. I passed out in the kids aisle .
    Alylovespuppies Alylovespuppies 18-21, F 1 Response Oct 3

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    After having two panic attacks within 7 months,

    I just realize awhile ago that it is triggered by my fear of committing mistakes in front of many people.....
    ayamesan16 ayamesan16 22-25, F 7 Responses Dec 13

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    Mine are probably the worst of you all.

    .. I have panic attacks for 3 years now. Those 2 years it's gotten really bad. I can't walk out of my house alone anymore just because of fear of having a panic attack. I have tried and I do get them outside every time. I feel trapped. All of this is because I fell down 3 years...
    Catwomann Catwomann 18-21, F 6 Responses Dec 17

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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 been suffering with panic attacks

    for a week now. I finally broke down and told my mom. Her response? "You have be stronger. You need to control them". Basically she told me she doesn't know how I'm going to survive on my own. Seriously? I survived a week. I will keep on surviving. I know you don't know what...
    RoxannaM RoxannaM 22-25, F 8 Responses Dec 12

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    I still feel very freaked out

    and off. This is the worse I’ve been after an attack. It’s making me have constant anxiety that won’t go away. Hopefully tomorrow is better.
    itsmecricket itsmecricket 18-21, F Oct 3

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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 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 1 Response Aug 28

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    I don't have anyone. I tired of making my

    family feel sorry for me. I don't have any friends, I don't have life. I don't have a boyfriend. I lost my job. My dad is an alcoholic. I still live at home at 22. I'm in school. I'm trapped. I'm trying to keep it together. My old "friends" have been talking about me behind my...
    RoxannaM RoxannaM 22-25, F 4 Responses Nov 17

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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 16-17, F Jul 26

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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 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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    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.
    itsmecricket itsmecricket 18-21, F Sep 20

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    It feels like forever

    until I'm okay again. My last attack it took like four days til I started feeling like myself. After this one, that happened yesterday, I'm finding it harder. Mainly due to the extreme deja vu, depersonalization and dissociation I felt and am still feeling. It was different the...
    itsmecricket itsmecricket 18-21, F Oct 3

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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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    for the past few months my panic attacks have

    been frequently and i hate i really do its not fun not being able to control how you feel and feel like you're drowning without water ive been having them more than once a week now and yesterday and today and its probably the worst thing ive ever had to go through and ive been...
    cookingaubrey cookingaubrey 13-15, F Oct 29

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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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    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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    maddisonn maddisonn 16-17, F 1 Response Oct 3

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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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    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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    I've had to talk my friend out of panic attacks

    more times then I can count. I have scars on my hand from when he would squeeze it so hard that his nails dug in. Now I have them myself and he's not around to talk me down. I deal have to deal with them on my own because I don't want to scare anyone away. How is that fair?
    AlysonBlack AlysonBlack 18-21, F Dec 13

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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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    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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    gybe gybe 18-21, M 2 Responses Nov 17

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    I have had panic attacks

    since I was 15. I've usually been able to get them under control but lately I've been having really big ones. So big that I went to the hospital and they referred me to a doctor. I saw her the other day and she has put me on Citalopram. I was just wondering if there's anyone...
    irongirl135 irongirl135 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 12

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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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    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 18-21, F 2 Responses Sep 12

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    Right now I'm curled up in a dark room crying

    and I can. I don't even know why but I do and my. Brain won't stop doing this to me.
    Theunknownvictim Theunknownvictim 13-15, F 4 Responses Oct 8

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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 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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    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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    Last night I was trying to sleep

    and I was hearing a lot of voices. They were fighting just outside my window. The voices caused me to have a panic attack. It wasn't as bad as they usually are which is a bonus but I still hate getting them. I've also been very suicidal the last little while and having panic...
    ParanoidGirl ParanoidGirl 26-30 Oct 15

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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 do have my panic attacks idk

    why , maybe because of the medicine i use to take 18 years ago or because of the weed i use to smoke . People are trying to tell me to get out of the house i dont want too . I dont like going out i just dont , im afraid that ima have another panic attack , or freak out , thats...
    paola93 paola93 18-21, F 2 Responses Oct 3

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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 16-17, F 1 Response Jan 2

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    When I was 7, I got pneumonia.

    It was so traumatic. Since then, I have obsessively washed my hands and avoided sick people to keep from getting sick, obviously. I am always evaluating how I feel and have little quality of life. If I have a subtle symptoms of getting sick, especially if the symptoms are...
    screaminginside81 screaminginside81 31-35, F 1 Response Nov 12

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    I posted this already on year 2013,

    but then this group wasn't as active as it is now. And it's FREE, so, please, for your own good, give it a try! So I am posting this again in hope, that this will help for someone as it did for me.: "I am suffering from this idiotical illness for almost 2 years now and I have...
    Catwomann Catwomann 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 17

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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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    Ive had two panic attacks today.

    No one knows that I get them. I dont want my family to know about them cause I don't want them to pity me/worry about me all of the time. I don't want to bother them with my problems.
    n0rthernwind n0rthernwind 18-21, F 2 Responses Nov 10

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    I don't know hw to stop this.

    .. I am thinking and thinking about how I could stop it..about what I could do.. I wouldn't give a damn about it, until I realised it holds me back from doing things that I should do. It drains me and I am not able to work effectively. I once went to a psychiatrist..but he sent...
    sparkydream sparkydream 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 23

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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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    me: *thinks about dying* me: *panics* me:

    *thinks about living* me: *panics* me: ????????????
    Angelcum Angelcum 18-21, F 3 Responses Nov 23

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    ClarissaAnn ClarissaAnn 18-21, F 2 Responses Dec 4

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    So today was the third time I've experienced a

    panic attack. I was on the train reading the train was underground and it stopped for about 2 minutes (i felt as if it had stopped for 20 minutes) then out of nowhere I start feeling this terrible urge to urinate, and my heart starts pounding terribly, my palms get sweaty and my...
    RAnonymous7 RAnonymous7 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 10

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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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