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I Suffer From Anxiety and Panic Attacks

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    My anxiety and panic attacks got

    so bad, to the point where it caused a lot of physical problems, such as breathing, swallowing, sleeping, etc. I finally went to see a doctor about it a few weeks ago, and she prescribed medication for me. I still have anxiety on a daily basis, to a point, but as for the extra...
    PsychGirl94 PsychGirl94 18-21, F 3 Responses Jan 27, 2015

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    So today my mother and I walked to the nearest

    shopping mall to our house. I didn't want to go but thought I need to practice. We walked in through the entrance and just as I expected, I could feel the tightness in my chest grow as we walked deeper into the mall. I was sweating like crazy and couldn't take it anymore. Told...
    BlueJinx BlueJinx 26-30, F 2 Responses Sep 25, 2015

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    One of the things that give me anxiety is

    silence. That's why I literally leave my iPod on for most of the day. And I actually love being surrounded by loud music and people talking (not screaming or fighting though). Every year during the holiday season, people would have crazy house parties in our neighborhood...
    BlueJinx BlueJinx 26-30, F 2 Responses Dec 24, 2015

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    I have been married twice

    and I'm in a wheelchair so I don't like being alone in the dark so when I have to wait for the bus to go home from either Work or the collegeX have a panic attack or anxiety. the bus is always late so that did not help I take medication and go to see a psychologist and she has...
    me0883 me0883 22-25, M 5 days ago

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    For as long as I can remember.

    .. I could go on for paragraphs of my times. About how it started, how it could have started, and how I want it to end. How it almost could have ended, how I'm plagued by it. I could have had it since I was a child and not known, it was only in high school that I found its...
    Sophilu Sophilu 18-21, F Dec 25, 2014

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    This happens to me and it's

    so scary. I feel like I'm suffocating.
    deleted deleted 26-30 Jul 9, 2015

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    Starting from day 1 of practicing walking out

    of the house alone, again. Could only do 10 minutes today. Oh well, I'll just have to keep trying.
    BlueJinx BlueJinx 26-30, F 3 Responses Nov 19, 2015

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    For a few weeks I first I

    though I was sick. I felt tired drained not hungry got easily irritated and so on. Then I started to have this feeling of fear and suffocation that just wouldn't go away. I wouldn't sleep or eat for days at a time. Last night for some reason I felt more scared than usual. I woke...
    Claura Claura 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 31, 2015

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    the feeling that someone has made you upset

    but refused to say sorry even if it was so obvious that he did something wrong. I was just asking where did he put my phone that he borrowed because he used it to ring somebody. Then suddenly assumed that he gave it to me after I firmly said thatbhe never gave it to me. And just...
    mabuhayka mabuhayka 31-35, F 2 Responses Nov 23, 2015

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    I have found that working out helps my anxiety

    a bit. Rough to get started if you're feeling anxious, but I feel so much better and accomplished once I finish a hard work out! Even a simple jog would probably do. I suggest it to all you anxiety goers out there. Get active and burn up some of that excess adrenaline and...
    faithhopelove13 faithhopelove13 22-25 Jun 4, 2014

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    I need to toughen up a bit,

    and get through this week. I am spending a whole seven days alone with my father. When he gets stressed, he screams his head off at anyone who happens to be nearby him. When I get stressed, I have panic attacks that leave me out of breath and shaky for over an hour at a time. At...
    BlueJinx BlueJinx 26-30, F 4 Responses Dec 28, 2015

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    Usually when I get an anxiety attack I feel

    like I am choking and then like I can't breathe. Sometimes being in a stressful situation or being around a lot of people sets me off. Or sometimes the physical parts of the panic attack start for no reason then it really freaks me out. I was on xanax and colonopin (dont know if...
    princessjess32 princessjess32 36-40, F Jan 2, 2015

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    I don't know if it has something to do with my

    stopping smoking, but I've been feeling more anxious this month. A little while ago, I used to get panicky only in really crowded places and when I had to be alone. This month though, I feel it coming up everywhere; during my short morning walks, showering, answering phones...
    BlueJinx BlueJinx 26-30, F 5 Responses Nov 2, 2015

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    Just had a an hour long panic attack

    after having a screaming match with my parents. I'm done. I'm just done.
    BlueJinx BlueJinx 26-30, F 3 Responses Nov 18, 2015

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    I HATE it when people slam their doors

    and the whole house literally shakes for a split second. It's all just making me super anxious and there's absolutely nothing I can do about it.
    BlueJinx BlueJinx 26-30, F 2 Responses Dec 27, 2015

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    my teacher had me go up in front of class 2 day

    to present my presentation....I was already nervous & scared b4 I got called on but I was loosening my breath control & start shaking & wen I was up in front of the class to speak... I spoke a couple words & I messed up after that I couldn't speak my heart was racing & my hand...
    raythedragon raythedragon 16-17, F 2 Responses Aug 24, 2015

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    There's a butterfly trapped in my heart.

    I can't figure out the trigger. Palpations, sweat, nausea... but why? I can't stop feeling shaky and unsure. There's an element of impending doom. A feeling that something bad is going to happen but I don't know!!!! Ahhhh... just wanna scream.
    js246 js246 22-25, F Dec 27, 2015

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    When The World Closes In

    When I have an anxiety attack, I feel like the world is closing in. I feel helpless and all of a sudden I can't breathe. I am stuck. I want to scream so bad, but I can't. I can't even say a word. All I can do is constantly feel like my body is caving in on itself and I can't do a...
    secretloverlonelygirl secretloverlonelygirl 16-17, F Nov 21, 2013

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    The Black Dog

    It was the dog days of summer, muggy and hot, a day much like today which is why this event came to mind, I suppose. The heat was so stifling in the house that I had taken a collection of my dolls and stuffed animals to the backyard and spread them out in the shade for a tea...
    datura datura 56-60, F 16 Responses Aug 11, 2009

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    But I love realising

    that I am not alone, and just that one thing, makes me feel better.
    deleted deleted 26-30 Oct 19, 2014

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    Can you just sit down?

    Just sit down, PLEASE. He keeps walking around the living room, back and forth, doing this and that. I keep asking him to sit down, because his pacing is stressing me out, but he doesn't think it's a big deal. I just have to sit there and try to calm my racing heart. Living...
    AmayaTsuki AmayaTsuki 26-30, F 1 Response Dec 27, 2015

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    Everyone who knows me knows

    that I have suffered from anxiety and depression and have fought it most of my adult life. I also am a life coach and specialize in helping others who are suffering too. one of the tools I give my clients, especially in Nov., is to make a gratitude list. Things, gifts...
    simplysusan01 simplysusan01 46-50, F Nov 16, 2015

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    Unfortunately, this is something I have quite a

    battle with in my life. The right doctor, therapist, and medication have helped me immensely.
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Dec 30, 2015

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    So I'M In Walmart......

    I know, I know....Walmart. But I live in this small town and the next nearest place to buy gloves and hats and scarves and stuff is a hundred and ten miles away. So ya, I'm in Walmart....and I'm standing in the isle between dog food and cat toys. The boys are off in the...
    JLBetts JLBetts 46-50, M 3 Responses Feb 21, 2013

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    I don't think it's true anxiety,

    but sometimes I'm with my friends and I begin to start thinking too much. Don't get me wrong, I'm a writer and a thinker, but sometimes I get to some point and I feel like I'm suffocating. I can't breath and I can't stop it from happening. And nobody ever really notices. I don't...
    Dreamcatcher798 Dreamcatcher798 16-17, F 1 Response Jul 9, 2015

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    Started having panic attack recently.

    some days I hardly sleep. I wake up panicked and usually go to bed panicking. I've forgotten how to calm down.
    18echoazb 18echoazb 26-30 1 Response Dec 18, 2015

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    I just realized that I've been working from the

    inside out, when I should be working from the outside in. People say, "Just do it." I say I can't, but I can. I only think that I can't. The longer I think about it, the more anxious I will become. Maybe I've been fighting this neurotic thinking with more neurotic thinking, when...
    adianoeta adianoeta 26-30, F 4 Responses Mar 4, 2015

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    Today was the first time I've had to leave

    class due to a panic attack. Yet I felt calm and in control as I asked to excuse myself. It was strange. It was over simply reading a portion of the text in class but for whatever reason, I could not focus on constructing the sentences. I was embarrassed upon returning but was...
    NickDoggN9ne NickDoggN9ne 22-25, M 1 Response Feb 10, 2015

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    Oh sh*t. oh sh*t. oh sh*t.

    ... ****. A deadline is coming up. all I can think is how I can't do this. I can't do this. Oh sh*t.
    js246 js246 22-25, F 1 Response Oct 28, 2015

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    I've been controlling my panic attacks pretty

    well recently. I actually hadn't had a full blown one since last month because I've learned to repress them before they grow too big. Today though, I'm just not doing anything right. It explains why I've been acting so crazy throughout the day.... I've been trying to distract...
    BlueJinx BlueJinx 26-30, F 1 Response Jan 1

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    Frightening.

    Some times for no reason at all, I feel like I cannot breathe, and my eyes well up and I cry. I feel panicked. I feel this sense of impending doom on my life, on my heart... some times I wake up in the middle of the night because I've had a bad dream, or I am sweating for no...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Aug 29, 2013

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    This is a PSA for anyone

    that has trouble breathing when they have a panic attack. I recently started having panic attacks regularly. I used to get them once a year. Now it's more like once a week. It sucks, but I'm learning a lot. I just found out that breathing into a paper bag is a real thing that...
    ElleEstJolieLaide ElleEstJolieLaide 22-25, F 1 Response Nov 17, 2014

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    cm94 cm94 22-25, F 1 Response Dec 27, 2015

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    I can feel when it is going to happen

    but I cannot stop it and I know they are getting worse
    koalabisch koalabisch 16-17, F 2 Responses Aug 5, 2015

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    I'm just trembling and feel really nervous.

    Has been going on for a bit, so I need to nip it in the bud before it gets out of control.
    ErraticSarcastic ErraticSarcastic 26-30, F 3 Responses Nov 9, 2015

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    I wish this would just stop.

    I seriously don't even know how to calm down sometimes, mainly because I don't even know what sets off these panic attacks sometimes...
    lightupmysky65 lightupmysky65 18-21, F Dec 30, 2015

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    I suffer from hyperhidrosis

    and want to arrange a uk meetup for fellow sufferers. who would be interested?
    pbarn pbarn 31-35, M Jan 22

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    Panic attacks and agoraphobia are the worst

    things ever. This has really hindered my life. . Anyone else suffer from panic attacks? What awful symptoms and after-symptoms do you experience?
    EmiKuma EmiKuma 22-25, F 2 Responses Jan 7, 2015

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    This really sucks, those

    who suffer from this know what i mean.
    usedandabused73 usedandabused73 41-45, M 1 Response Jun 6, 2015

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    I swear the worse thing about having a panic

    attack is when you have it around people who ignore you or don't believe panic attacks are real. It's the scariest thing panicking inside yourself everything is fuzzy, noises are loud and buzzing and you feel yourself falling into your own deep puddle of anxiety...I hate my...
    SweetLittleMantis SweetLittleMantis 22-25, F Nov 5, 2015

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    Fluttering butterflies have begun to morph into

    loud barking hounds... I need to calm down but I can't. I'm panicking and starting to feel overwhelmed and sure of everything. Palpitations, sweat, nausea... I don't know what to do. I've tried everything.
    js246 js246 22-25, F Dec 30, 2015

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    Almost every single night I have a panic attack,

    everything emotionally is too much to handle alone right now
    arcticmonkeys9 arcticmonkeys9 16-17, F Nov 23, 2015

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    I don't think it's wise to post this but.

    .. I have to tell someone. I can't even tell my boyfriend and I tell him everything that happens to me. He knows Everything about me... except this... He knows I have anxiety and suffer from panic attacks. Most people I know do, they kind of have to. It's just that I'm not sure...
    bluecupcakes bluecupcakes 18-21, F 4 Responses Jun 12, 2015

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    I'm new to having panic attacks.

    I was in a class when it happened. I didnt know what to do, it was pretty scary. It sucks because im in high school and of course people say stuff about why I'm gone. But I just ignore them all. I hate that I freak out just because I'm going to school. I haven't had a panic...
    ShyRedneckGirl ShyRedneckGirl 13-15, F Jan 4

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    So first you're jittery.

    . u don't know why and u can't help it... You pass it off as some random sensation.. But it wont go away. And then it hits! You feel like your heart's on the floor and u accidentally stepped on it... You get this overwhelming sensation that you need to move or just leave...
    JuhNi JuhNi 18-21, M 3 Responses Feb 12, 2015

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