I Have Panic Attacks

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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
    2 Responses Aug 28, 2014

    ive had a couple panic attacks today.

    i feel a little numb and very shakey. i hate this feeling.
    sukibulb sukibulb
    16-17, F
    May 28, 2015

    I had 2 of them today.

    I was on the bus on my way to uni near the station that i am gonna get off i started feeling the panic rush. I managed walking to the service bus and I managed coming to uni. And in the garden I sat on a chair, episode kicked in. I hyperventilated, convulsed and sriffened. I...
    Katerinafaith Katerinafaith
    18-21, F
    1 Response Nov 17, 2015

    i hate this thing a lot :( like A LOT.

    ive never had daytime attacks but ive always been having panic attacks at night. i could sleep in the first 30 minutes and then woke up feeling horrible. my chest is beating like crazy and im so terrified. like im gonna die or something :( im so tired but i cant even sleep. this...
    whitenut whitenut
    16-17, F
    3 Responses Apr 1

    alright... so I am 4 assignments

    and 2 papers behind... and I can not stop having panic attacks when I try and do them... I can't think straight I can't sleep I am starting to go crazy...
    InsaneSusy InsaneSusy
    22-25, F
    1 Response Apr 6, 2015

    I'm just now becoming more aware of mine.

    I mean I've always had them. They are always linked to either being in a situation I can't control or the thought of being in a situation out of my control. I can feel them coming on but can't stop them. I always end up on my bathroom floor sick, crying, and feeling more out of...
    Tgray42 Tgray42
    41-45, F
    Feb 1

    This is one of the most frustrating things to

    deal with. I hate not being able to control and them and "just calm down".
    niicolledani niicolledani
    18-21, F
    Mar 15, 2015

    I've gotten detention

    for "classroom disruption" because I had a panic attack in class. When people don't get it and they tell you to calm down. Like, no. Don't say that. I can't really control it. It happens and I can start hyperventilating. The worst thing is, I have panic attacks over things I can...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    2 Responses Jul 30, 2015

    I have panic attacks

    and they are getting more and more frequent. My problem is if the window in a room is not properly opened and the door is closed I panic. I have other triggers too but I eliminate them if I can. So the other day I was in the second session of the lesson in my uni. Prof closed...
    Katerinafaith Katerinafaith
    18-21, F
    1 Response Oct 15, 2015

    I hate the feeling of a panic attack,

    that feeling that your in a glass bubble at the bottom of the ocean and slowly that bubble starts to crack under the pressure of the water and you're too petrified to stop it, but then it shatters and your swept into the ocean with whirlpools swirling you all around, so you...
    EridianaAndErin EridianaAndErin
    13-15, F
    Mar 11

    Hmmmm breathe in. breathe out.

    your safe. Your sound. Your alright. Chemicals playing tricks. Thats all. Breathe in. Breathe out. Think about something else. Anything. Anyplace.
    RealMsKate RealMsKate
    18-21, F
    1 Response Sep 20, 2015

    I Just had a panic attack at school in the

    hallway... I'm too stressed over my Best friend's well being.. She's making terrible decisions and I know it's her life, but i need to help her out of this rebellion..
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    1 Response Nov 19, 2015

    and they are the worst.

    ..hopefully I'll get through the hour..
    yoru1234 yoru1234
    16-17, F
    Jan 14

    My first panic attack was in the 8th grade.

    I was leaning on my desk in English class, and all of a sudden I felt really sad and like I couldn't breathe. I started to cry, but I didn't understand why so I cried even harder. I ended up sitting in the back of another teacher's classroom for 2 hours until she yelled at me to...
    LoveKatAR LoveKatAR
    18-21
    1 Response Oct 16, 2015

    I had a panic attack during a phone interview.

    I really blame myself right now. >:(
    dddd212 dddd212
    26-30, F
    1 Response Dec 10, 2015

    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, 2014

    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
    6 Responses Dec 12, 2014

    My attacks have triggers

    that I try to avoid. Crowds, tight spaces, men staring at me, the smells of bleach or urine, sometimes just being touched or especially hugged will set it off. When it happens I try to set in a chair close my eyes and grasp the armrests this helps to stop the world from...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    Dec 7, 2015

    3 panic attacks today.

    Insert sarcastic hooray here.
    ET33 ET33
    13-15, F
    1 Response Apr 3

    I have severe depression

    and anxiety, my life is falling apart but I smile and take life in.... Being a mom I don't have time to fall apart
    tatabama14 tatabama14
    22-25, F
    1 Response Jan 27

    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...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    6 Responses Dec 17, 2014

    Compassion is going to ruin me.

    . My friend is very depressed and just cut, and it's really stressing me out. He gave me a panic attack I just care so much about him I can't help but feel his hurt
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    1 Response May 26, 2015

    For me they are embarrassing

    because they are accompanied by suspicion. That's when I get in EP and ask a lot of weird questions and people think I'm crazy. It's embarrassing because I'll stop trusting my family, co-workers etc. only when it passes can I look at it logically and realize I was in an...
    QuestionMarks QuestionMarks
    41-45, F
    2 Responses Oct 28, 2015

    When I have panic attacks they always happen in

    threes. I don't know why but when they happen the second one is always the worst while the third isn't as bad. When I have them wherever I am I have to stay in that spot because if I move around it gets worse and lasts longer. :(
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    1 Response Dec 3, 2015

    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
    4 Responses Mar 2, 2013

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

    *thinks about living* me: *panics* me: ????????????
    Angelcum Angelcum
    18-21, F
    1 Response Nov 23, 2014

    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

    I hate how some nights i can go right to sleep

    and others it feels like my hearts beating out of my chest and im terrified
    angelcastiel1997 angelcastiel1997
    18-21, F
    1 Response Mar 4, 2015

    i'm suffering...right now.

    .so please don’t leave mean comments...i feel so pain
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    Mar 12, 2015

    I'm suppressing one at this very moment.

    Probably not the best thing to do, but I'm not in a situation where I can just let go. My chest hurts and my heart won't stop racing. I just keep telling myself that it will pass.
    AmayaTsuki AmayaTsuki
    26-30, F
    3 Responses Nov 29, 2015

    i almost had one just a couple of hours ago.

    just panic, no attacks yet, lol. i had to learn not to be all carried away, or else. for now i only have myself to rely on, so the last thing i need is to have these attacks bugging me at the same time. lol.
    elysium9527 elysium9527
    22-25, F
    Dec 10, 2015

    I've had a panic attack at least twice a year

    now for half a decade and it's always irritated me that people don't understand how frightening they are. Yes, I know it's in my head and that there's no real danger but that's the thing: it's because I know that that it's so scary. What's worse is that people make light of it...
    10786y 10786y
    22-25, F
    Apr 1

    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, 2014

    I just had a minor one

    and it's seriously scares me Sooo so much... I don't know what to do about my attacks I have. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated...
    OmAaKsLoEnY OmAaKsLoEnY
    22-25, M
    2 Responses Dec 14, 2015

    I hate having panic attacks,

    sometimes I don't know how to deal with them. Anyone have tips
    titsandbarbells titsandbarbells
    31-35, F
    7 Responses Oct 28, 2015

    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
    BrookeWhoAreYou BrookeWhoAreYou
    18-21, F
    1 Response Mar 21, 2014

    Today I had to do my speech

    for english. Through out the day before I did it. I had 5 panic attacks. Then I come home and my friend tells me something and I have another one. I've started having them in my sleep and I don't know what to do.
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    Jan 19

    I will lose my breath & my balance & the only

    thing I will feel is the blood rushing to my head & my heart beating so aggressively that I swear I can see my chest puffing in & out. my eyes will feel heavy & I will get super nauseous. I need to cry every time this happens. I suffer from tremendous anxiety issues & panic...
    emilyjeanette0416 emilyjeanette0416
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Nov 19, 2015

    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
    26-30, F
    3 Responses Dec 13, 2014

    not often, but because of my past sometimes i

    go thru spells where i have occasional panic attacks. i'm not sure exactly what triggers them. they're usually pretty random, but it almost always has something to do with my past. i think i handle them pretty well, though.
    LillyJo LillyJo
    18-21, F
    Jan 24

    Deadlines of project,

    homeworks or getting close to finals. I like giving my best at everything.
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    3 Responses Oct 5, 2015

    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, 2014

    First panic attack was at 4 AM

    after my first kiss and whatnot
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    Oct 14, 2015

    At my school the other week,

    I ended up having a huge panic attack during a lockdown (bomb threats) and it was during chemistry well I tend to corner myself with walls or tables without thinking, I ended up almost smashing a boy behind me before I got under the table, and bad thing is I have school later...
    ghostieanonymous ghostieanonymous
    18-21, T
    Jan 5

    I don't get them personally.

    But I know people that do. Try this. First, look around you. Find 5 things you can see. Then 4 things you can touch. Then 3 things you can hear. Then 2 things you can smell. And finally 1 thing you can taste. It calms you down. Grounds you.
    Hatt94 Hatt94
    46-50, M
    1 Response Oct 20, 2015

    Nothing makes me feel horrible

    as much as they do. I wish they could just disappear...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    1 Response Mar 16

    Lately I have been having a lot of them.

    when I say a lot I mean one or more a day. this leads to me staying to myself because I don't want others to notice that they are happening.
    curiousgirl1214 curiousgirl1214
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Nov 8, 2015

    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
    46-50, M
    3 Responses Apr 14, 2012

    I have panic attacks

    that revolve around my health and my fear of dying. My quality of life is gone, and I feel like I would be a lot farther along in life if I wasn't scared to death of new things and new places. I freak out in terror if I feel funny or if my vision seems blurry or if I have a...
    beachlover81 beachlover81
    31-35, F
    2 Responses Feb 9, 2015

    I was having a panic attack,

    so naturally my friend started making macaroni and cheese.... He came over a few minutes later with a bowl of it for me.
    KOOLKAT446 KOOLKAT446
    13-15, T
    3 Responses Feb 11, 2015

    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

    I had another one today.

    I was anxious during the lecture. Then I asked permission and went outside. A friend of mine came too and helped me go to garden. After that I was a bit better so I went beck to the session. When the session finished we were going towards cafeteria for lunch I started having...
    Katerinafaith Katerinafaith
    18-21, F
    Nov 4, 2015

    I'm a teacher and giving my students a free

    period as I write this, trying to calm my panic attack. the nausea, cold sweats and cold, tingly toes. my head is starting to float above my body. I hate when this happens in the classroom.
    fight4life fight4life
    31-35, F
    1 Response Nov 19, 2015

    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
    9 Responses Oct 4, 2009
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