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    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

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

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

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    i dont know what happened last night.

    i was screaming and crying and yelling at people i love. it wad so confusing it was horrible i feel like ive gone mad.
    sukibulb sukibulb 16-17, F May 28

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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'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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    my current diagnosis is a panic disorder.

    i have had a number of breakdowns in the past year, but my medication seems to be helping.
    callmenathan callmenathan 18-21, F 1 Response May 7

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    as a result of five years of emotional,

    mental and sexual abuse at the hands of my ex-boyfriend. Even now, in a new relationship and finally happy, sometimes I still have nightmares that trigger the attacks and make it impossible to sleep. The first few months after I left him, I relied heavily on sleeping aids like...
    JulietteLilyhammer JulietteLilyhammer 26-30, F Aug 11

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    Today I joined a big lunch gathering with my

    colleague at my manager's apartment. There were 7 people in the apartment, and I feel the air con is not enough and I keep sweating even though the air con is turned on already. There was a lot of food on the table, and everybody was encouraged to eat more. Due to my panic...
    ayako18 ayako18 31-35, F 1 Response May 18

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    I avoid talking to people.

    They scare me horribly. I can't order food for myself and I always have to get someone else to do it. It's honestly embarrassing because then I'm treated like a child. I can't talk to anyone I don't already know and every time I do I start to shake and can't breathe. If I can't...
    Inara24 Inara24 13-15, F Jun 26

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    It's so intoxicating.

    .. Like I can't gasp for air. When I'm caught in the moment, that's it..
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Jun 24

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    wlanonymouslw wlanonymouslw 18-21, M Jun 6

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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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    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 1 Response Mar 21, 2014

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    i feel as though I have been silently secretly

    inside myself I have been having a panic attack for a week. I feel afraid just to be alive. I have to tell myself often to just keep breathing in and out.
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response May 20

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    I have tried asking for help my panic attacks

    are getting to the point of insanity. but no one cares
    SMcCL SMcCL 22-25, F 3 Responses Jun 7

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    looking up some coping mechanisms,

    found this thing that said i should designate like 20 minutes a day as a "worry period" and then the rest of the day not allow anxious thoughts. first off, if i could just banish my anxious thoughts i wouldn't be having this problem. second, designating a time for that is just...
    vanyaorlav vanyaorlav 18-21, F 2 Responses Jun 3

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    i'm suffering...right now.

    .so please don’t leave mean comments...i feel so pain
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Mar 12

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    I've been trying to get off any

    and all medications because I was starting to use them even when I wasn't having a panic attack, I was starting to abuse them. I did really well for about 4 days but today I had one of the worst panic attacks to date. I have multiple attacks a day but this one was out of...
    irongirl135 irongirl135 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 11

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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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    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, 2014

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    I was told to "just calm down".

    I hate it. I ended up crying, shaking and hyperventilating in my bed all night. Yay.
    dzbura dzbura 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 25

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    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
    bluegirlie98 bluegirlie98 16-17, F 2 Responses May 26

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    Mamasbabycub why did you take courtney away from

    now I'm having a panic attack because of you. You always take her from and I need her. I'm panicking and I need her on skype now. Please let me now please.
    babyhaleigh95 babyhaleigh95 18-21, F 1 Response 7 hrs ago

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    When i was in elementary school i liked

    welcoming the new students.The special students (the ones with disorders, like anger, learning disabilities etc.) came to our class to see if they could function properly in a normal class. I made sure they had a lot of friends but soon they got annoying and i told them okay you...
    Nikiz Nikiz 22-25 1 Response Jun 26

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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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    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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    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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    animal crossing is a lifesaver like i can just

    go somewhere else for a little while.
    sukibulb sukibulb 16-17, F 1 Response May 29

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    I once went to see The Fray live

    and the opening act was Matthew Mole and just after the opening act I started getting a panic attack from all the people around me touching and getting close to me and paired with the heat I just ended up passing out and my friend had to carry me outside for air.
    deleted deleted 26-30 May 29

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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 3 Responses Feb 11

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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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    Just had a panic attack

    and nightmare. :(
    Filledout Filledout 18-21, M Jul 26

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    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

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    i feel like a lot of people confuse panic

    attacks with normal anxiety. which makes me feel more alone when i think of how bad my panic attacks are.
    killakitten killakitten 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 2

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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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    People don't actually understand how bad my

    anxiety really is. I can't ask for help, I can't do stuff they do, I hate leaving my bed, I'm only on for table with certain people in certain places a d I'll just break down and they freak out, they don't understand. I'm alone in this.
    ashmha ashmha 16-17, F 2 Responses Jun 5

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    my mom knew something was wrong with me today.

    she said she could see it in my eyes that i wasnt feeling good. i told her that the baby kicks are getting worse and worse. last night she kicked for about an hour until 10PM and then stopped, and then at 2AM again she started. but today she kicked the whole day away. when i...
    ThatOneSomaliGirl ThatOneSomaliGirl 13-15, F 3 Responses Jul 2

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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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    TheMadHatterWasHere TheMadHatterWasHere 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 12

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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 6 Responses Nov 21, 2012

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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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    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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    ive never used this bus before

    so i dint know the stop and ive never actually had to speak to the conductor much anxiety.
    sukibulb sukibulb 16-17, F May 28

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