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I Have Panic Attacks

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    It started all in 7th grade

    when I entered the IB program at my school. The workload was mad crazy and I would always think about the what ifs. Ever since then if I am constantly worried about something it'll just happen. Recently I had one. I had a pregnancy scare with my boyfriend and I kept thinking...
    KyLeone KyLeone 18-21, F Mar 29

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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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    I can't stand it anymore.

    Every single day I have bad panic attacks.
    bellahblue bellahblue 13-15, F 1 Response Apr 17

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    I had a panic attack last night my bf broke up

    with me. He was the love of my life.. I have one everytime something like that happens or I get really scared.
    Lilbit69 Lilbit69 16-17, F 2 Responses Jun 21

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    I used to smoke weed to stop my panic attacks

    and now I hate the person I've become and have panic attacks when I smoke. I've tried quitting but regardless of why people say I am addicted to weed and smoke it daily leaving me with restless sleeps and sever panic attacks. It's so hard to overcome something that helped ease...
    thefourowls thefourowls 18-21, M May 1

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    Oh my gosh. :( I literally just had a horrible

    panic attack. They happen all the time, but this one was probably the worst I've see had. I'm freaking out, so paranoid, so overwhelmed, shaking and can feel my heart beating very quickly. :(
    TheSongPlaysWithin TheSongPlaysWithin 16-17, F 3 Responses Jun 21

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    Last week was probably one of the scariest

    moments of my life.. I couldn't stop shaking because of how much anxiety I had, also I spent the night at a friends house and had a huge panic attack in the middle of the night. Luckily my friend was there to comfort me. Not only have I been dealing with anxiety and panic...
    NicolesWay NicolesWay 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 9

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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 feel sick. I am just nervous all the time.

    .. It can be even at home thinking about something in the future I think I should be nervous about and then it ruins my whole day.. I'm sick of it, am I going to be like this for the rest of my life? I get nervous about big things in my life months before they happen.. How am I...
    BeeKay20 BeeKay20 18-21, F 2 Responses Jun 14

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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 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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    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 4 days ago

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    I'm so tired of panic attacks.

    .. I spend so much money on medication just so I won't freak out and cry for hours every day. I need a way to deal with them without medicine...
    footfungusfairy footfungusfairy 18-21, F 3 Responses Jul 10

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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...
    antares22x antares22x 22-25, M 10 Responses Oct 4, 2009

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    Lately they seem to just keep happening

    and happening and I can't turn my head one way or the other or I'll see something that does it.
    sagefish sagefish 22-25, M 1 Response Mar 24

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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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    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 "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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    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 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 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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    On the phonw. In stores.

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

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    I had one in class. If you have anxiety it's

    your worst nightmare. We are studying medieval japan and have to a presentation on them. Right before I had to do it I had a panic attack. First I felt shaky, I was hyperventilating, I was visibly shaking and I had tears streaming down my face. I had pins and needles in my arms...
    PhoebeMonster PhoebeMonster 13-15, F 1 Response May 27

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    miracle98 miracle98 13-15, F 1 Response Mar 29

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    I keep having nightmares

    that lead me to wake up with panic attacks. I've been on medication for a few weeks now and in therapy for about a month. I really hope I notice changes soon.
    aestheticalii aestheticalii 18-21, F Mar 29

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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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    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 7 Responses Apr 14, 2012

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    Hi pps I'm 25 I suffer from bad panic attacks

    mostly the 1 st day of work going through a divorce any 1 wnna chat :)
    gsejam gsejam 22-25, M 1 Response Jun 22

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    Last night I had a panic attack one of the

    worst I've had I started getting all shaky and my heart was racing so fast I almost felt like I was going to have a heart attack and then I did the worst I could do, I stood up and all of my body was shaking and I couldn't breathe. Nobody knows about my panic attacks and they're...
    learmz learmz 16-17, F 2 Responses Jun 21

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    I am finally going to the doctor to be put on

    anti-anxiety medicine. I cannot wait. I've had enough panic attacks for one lifetime.
    Thatonechickthatdoesstuff Thatonechickthatdoesstuff 18-21, F 2 Responses Mar 29

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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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    ywilliam31 ywilliam31 16-17, M 2 Responses Jul 14

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    Thankfully, it's been a while

    since I had a severe one. I do still get anxious pretty often though. But I've found that since I've met someone in the last several months, someone who really cares about and understands me, I've felt much calmer.
    utahwriter utahwriter 36-40, M Mar 29

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    I am 15 and I have been having panic attacks

    since I was 12. I have a fear of pain and it is at the point were my own family and friends can't throw anything towards me. It has completely change my life. I was taken out of gym because it got so bad. I can't play sports and people always forget about it. I know it is...
    PrincessPanda14 PrincessPanda14 13-15, F 3 Responses Jun 23

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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 would not wish a panic attack on my worst

    enemy, I hate them so much, I hate the abuse and bullying I have received because of them even more. No matter how hard I try there's always someone who doesn't believe me and thinks I fake them and that hurts, I don't understand how anyone could think someone would fake...
    gingexx gingexx 18-21, F 1 Response Jun 7

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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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    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 3 days ago

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    I think about how one day I will die.

    Pain doesn't s scare me but the possibility of 'nothingness' does. I imagine that I am floating in space and I can't escape and that panics me. I don't want to become nothing. I have severe panic attacks about this aspect of death for a year now.
    justaweirdo56 justaweirdo56 16-17, F 1 Response Jun 1

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    Trying to enjoy a movie

    but because of my anxiety disorder I'm sitting apart from my family so I can be by the door in case I have a panic attack and need to leave.
    franskeetz franskeetz 18-21, F 2 Responses May 25

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    Went school today and got out yesterday might

    go back tomorrow ... Had a seizure:/
    Allienicoleharding Allienicoleharding 13-15, F Apr 30

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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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    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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    I was sexually abused from the time I was five

    till I was a teenager. When I was six I started having panic attacks and they were really bad. They would make me get sick, pass out, and go into shock and that's not including all the normal symptoms like shaking, can't breathe, dizziness and more. I'm older now and the abuse...
    gardengirl17 gardengirl17 22-25, F Jun 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 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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    Maybe as a result of some possible childhood

    trauma, I've had some really weird panic attacks: over the 6 months of panic attacks I've tried to strangle my friends, seen visions of people killing me, believed I was dating a figment of my imagination (what we call the 'ghost girl') and curled in a ball in the middle of the...
    willmakaba willmakaba 18-21 1 Response Jun 26

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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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    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 3 days ago

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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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    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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