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I Have Panic Attacks

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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, 2014

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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 1 Response Sep 8, 2012

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    babyswag101 babyswag101 16-17, F 1 Response Mar 14

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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 6 Responses Dec 12, 2014

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    i got nerveous right now.

    .. i'm going to take test of cervical cancer tomorrow morning.. i need company to talk to for a while before go to bed.. would anyone..i also would like to make female friends... i'm so sick of taking advantage of me due to illness..by men here. Thank you.
    Juri0902 Juri0902 31-35, F 6 days ago

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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, 2014

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    i woke up at 5am from a panic attack :(.

    . i had a dream that i jumped into a river thinking i would reach the top again., but i didnt.. i panicked and breathed in and i couldnt reach the top.. my heart started beating so fast i could feel it because my hand was on my chest.. after i had the panick attack i woke up...
    K33024W K33024W 13-15 2 Responses Mar 21

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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 6 Responses Dec 13, 2014

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    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

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    i'm suffering...right now.

    .so please don’t leave mean comments...i feel so pain
    Juri0902 Juri0902 31-35, F 2 Responses Mar 12

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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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    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

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    I hate having panic attacks right

    before I try to sleep... Cause it causes me to have breathing difficulty. So every time I lay down to relax, all of the sudden my anxiety rises and I can't breath. I don't get it...
    PsychGirl94 PsychGirl94 18-21, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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    Like this morning on the train to Uni Lecture I

    had a panic attack. There were just so many people in the train that morning and I literally could not breathe at all. 😭😭
    x3myonewish x3myonewish 18-21, F 2 Responses Feb 24

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    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 16-17, F Mar 4

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    Ever since I lost my job

    and have been unable to work due to disability and the fact a person who I thought I could trust tried to ruin my life because she thought she had an axe to grind .I have suffered depression and severe panic attacks .I had a heart attack at 36 and when I have panic attacks it...
    nakednudist nakednudist 46-50, M 2 Responses Apr 7

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    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 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 6

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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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    i have them many times a day

    and they come suddenly even though im relaxed luckily they don't last long like half a minute-minute tops but still it's annoying i can be talking to a friend when all of a sudden i get adrenaline rush and feel like im falling down from a tall building , when i tell myself it...
    OccultumLapidem OccultumLapidem 22-25, M 1 Response Jan 28

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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, 2014

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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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    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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    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, 2014

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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, 2014

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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, 2014

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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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    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

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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, 2014

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    My heart just had 2 strong premature beats in a

    crowded 30 min bus ride, and I'm proud to say that I did not let a panic attack occur. It did not happen. I broke the vicious cycle!!!!
    Firecandy Firecandy 18-21, F 10 Responses Jan 8

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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, 2014

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    Having a full blown panic attack right now.

    Can't breath. OMG omg omg. Absolutely worst thing ever.
    lizygurl lizygurl 18-21, F Jan 19

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    I had a panic attack last week bcuz i was

    affraid i would stop loving my boyfriend and fall for someone els,and know i'm so confused that most of the times i love him to death but sometimes i feel like i don't love him anymore and i'm freaking out bcuz i don't wanna lose him and i wanna marry him, please help me, has...
    sparklysmile95 sparklysmile95 18-21, F Mar 24

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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, 2014

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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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    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 1 Response Sep 12, 2014

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    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, F 4 Responses Feb 11

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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, 2014

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    Because come on not everyone can handle

    situations like Jesus (no offense to Christians)
    CurvyFrance CurvyFrance 13-15, F Dec 27, 2014

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    i still have horrible panic attacks.

    i dont know how to cure them and when they occur i freak out. so i definitely know the feeling...
    dragonshine dragonshine 22-25, T Jan 14

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    I have these and I feel dizzy sick

    and clouded hearing. shaking twitching limps like im gonna have a stroke or somat.
    lilem84 lilem84 26-30, F Dec 28, 2014

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    This is not something I know how to explain.

    (tried writing this post 10 times and failed). But basically. I have had many breakdowns. Meaning I lose it. I just start crying and act like some that should be in a straight jacket. Ok. Not quite. But I cant really respond to anything. I just cry. For hours. And the only thing...
    shhyoudontknowme shhyoudontknowme 16-17, F 2 Responses Mar 28

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    This phrase gets thrown around a lot,

    but I wonder how many people know what a TRUE one is. Reminded tonight both through personal experience and witnessing another hit critical mass.
    deleted deleted 26-30 Feb 11

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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, 2014

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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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    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, 2014

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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 26-30, M 1 Response Apr 17, 2014

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