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I Have Panic Attacks

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    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

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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 26-30, F 6 Responses Dec 13, 2014

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    Themonster24 Themonster24 16-17, M Sep 17, 2015

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    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

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    First panic attack was at 4 AM

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

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    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

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    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

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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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    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.
    ICanDoMyOwnThing ICanDoMyOwnThing 13-15, F Jan 19

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    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 1 Response Dec 7, 2015

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    I had a panic attack during a phone interview.

    I really blame myself right now. >:(
    dddd212 dddd212 26-30, F 2 Responses Dec 10, 2015

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    and they are the worst.

    ..hopefully I'll get through the hour..
    yoru1234 yoru1234 16-17, F 1 Response Jan 14

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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
    BrookeWhoAreYou BrookeWhoAreYou 16-17, F 1 Response Mar 21, 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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    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, 2015

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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, 2015

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    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 4 Responses Nov 29, 2015

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    Please help I'm having a panic attack.

    ......it started 20 mins ago its still not done
    RealMsKate RealMsKate 18-21, F 7 Responses Sep 13, 2015

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    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

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    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

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    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

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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 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

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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 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..
    bluegirlie98 bluegirlie98 16-17, F 1 Response Nov 19, 2015

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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 "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

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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 9 Responses Jan 8, 2015

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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 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 4, 2015

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    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

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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, 2015

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    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 2 Responses 5 days ago

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    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

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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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    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

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    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 2 Responses Oct 20, 2015

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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 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

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    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 1 Response Dec 10, 2015

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    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

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    I hate having panic attacks,

    sometimes I don't know how to deal with them. Anyone have tips
    titsandbarbells titsandbarbells 31-35, F 12 Responses Oct 28, 2015

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    Thunderstorms cause the worst ones

    but many other things cause them too. :/
    christy0909 christy0909 18-21, F 2 Responses Sep 7, 2015

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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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    Please help me god someone.

    .....they arent bad 5 min ones any more they are long draghed out mild ones that last hours
    RealMsKate RealMsKate 18-21, F 1 Response Sep 20, 2015

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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...
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