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I Suffer From Anxiety and Panic Attacks

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    Panic Attacks Are Behind Me, But I Do Understand

    I suffered from panic attacks almost every night for several years. I had a very high stress type of life then. I would literally hit the ground running every morning to take care of the family in 2,356 ways each day. I never got time for me, or to take care of myself. I stayed...
    SilentDolphin SilentDolphin 36-40, F 3 Responses Oct 18, 2012

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    When I think about certain things

    and people I panic and get so scared. I feel like I'm being suffocated and dragged underwater every second I have one. I have them everywhere at Anytime in school at home or any public place. My heart beat increased and I feel it all going.
    Frozensilence Frozensilence 16-17, F 2 Responses Dec 14, 2013

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    Anxiety Prevention.

    I have been suffering from debilitating anxiety and panic attacks for the past few years. It got so bad that just the thought of having another anxiety attack actually triggered one. But after finding a site that adequately explained what anxiety attacks are, I have been able to...
    Lullacus Lullacus 18-21, F 2 Responses Nov 21, 2013

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    Does fear cause real diarrhea

    or does it cause the feeling only ? http://livelifetothefullest.live-panic-free.com/2014/03/03/does-fear-cause-real-diarrhea-or-does-it-cause-the-feeling-only-.aspx Hey guys, sorry if this seems spammy, not my intention at all. I used to just paste my experiences in several...
    Lifeafterpanic566 Lifeafterpanic566 31-35, M 1 Response Mar 4

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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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    I suffer from panic attacks,

    especially when doing things like a presentation. My heart beats so fast that it's very hard for me to talk, I am surprised I have been able to even finish the speeches I have done. A few years back my condition was more severe, in some classes where there were people I didn't...
    fruitycar fruitycar 18-21, M 3 Responses Dec 10, 2013

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    Finally Some Relief

    For 2 years my anxiety disorder was not diagnosed. I went to doctor after doctor, explaining my random pains. Never consistent, always side pain or back pain, feeling out of breath at times. Of course they tried to tell me I had back spasms, muscle pains, etc etc on and on and on...
    ktd23 ktd23 18-21, F 4 Responses Jul 26, 2012

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    I suffer from panic attacks regularly.

    I can't leave my house without panicking about needing the toilet or not feeling well! Its horrible and it's ruining my life. I went to my doctor and he diagnosed me with IBS but didn't do anything about my anxiety! I need it to stop its taking over my life. I'm starting to even...
    jackcx jackcx 22-25, F 1 Response 4 days ago

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    So today something new happened,

    and I would really like to know if anyone else has experienced anything similiar to this. I have always been plagued by panic attacks and currently am taking an anti-anxiety perscription. Today during a lecture I could hear a faint ringing noise. It gradually got louder and more...
    Sygnarr Sygnarr 18-21, F Apr 3

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    funny thing is that i've been suffering from

    anxiety ever since I could remember but never realized it until now. i remember "those" feelings but never understood. Now that I have some knowledge about anxiety disorders it makes clear sense but how did I get that way?? my panic attacks began during high school but I'm not...
    dmcesms dmcesms 31-35, M Dec 7, 2013

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    I Suffer From Anxiety And Depression

    Which is I guess to say that I am human. I have an interview tomorrow and I am so nervous. Not nervous a bit about the actual interview, which lacking nervousness about that may be a bad mistake. I am nervous because this will be my second time riding the bus. Often...
    HeavyMetalLady HeavyMetalLady 22-25, F Oct 20, 2013

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    Hello To Everyone

    I have suffered from anxiety and panic attacks for a very long time. From little things because of my looks and my shortcomings to a terror of the uncertainty of the future. It has been quite debilitating and only now I have realized of how much of my life has been lost due to...
    myjourney72 myjourney72 36-40, M 2 Responses Aug 21, 2010

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    My World Crumbles Underneath My Feet

    When I have a panic attack, everything starts to change around me and it is frightening. First, my chest starts to hurt and it feels like it is caving or sinking in. My heart begins to race faster than usual and I experience shortness of breath. My hands are locked in one...
    beautywithin20 beautywithin20 18-21, F 2 Responses Nov 14, 2011

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    I Am Just a Basketcase

    Hello everyone, Yes I rant & rave about my MIL a lot, due to other stories I have written. I try to make the most of my days but I end up coming across something that just um...sets me off. I used to really like or care maybe even loved my MIL at one time or another. With my...
    goingnumb goingnumb 36-40, F 4 Responses Nov 25, 2008

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    School...

    I suffer from mild anxiety and panic attacks when I am at school. My main triggers seem to be when some one is hurt or in pain (physically or emotionally) or in class if we are learning about something (eg hitler and the holocaust) that means people die or is upsetting. My class...
    itsabbieeexx itsabbieeexx 13-15, F 3 Responses Oct 20, 2013

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    Venting.

    Having finished my freshman year of college I have gone through 4 major periods of severe anxiety, focused at the beginning and end of each term. Because I am starting my summer classes this Monday, I am in the midst of another attack and after nearly 4 months of counseling I...
    mostcreativepseudonym mostcreativepseudonym 18-21, M 2 Responses Jun 15, 2013

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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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    Arhhhhhh

    Just had a panic attack. That thing hurts. It's time to make a trip to the doctor bc they are getting worst. I felt it in my chest n I began trembling
    bellabella411 bellabella411 31-35, F 1 Response Nov 14, 2013

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    Just wondering if anyone on here an help me out.

    ... So last year I ended up in hospital because I woke up to my heart beating out of my chest and honestly thought I was having a heart attack. It continued to beat hard and fast all the way to the hospital. When we went into emergency my resting HR was 170bpm (basically the...
    leeah90 leeah90 22-25, F 2 Responses Jan 8

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    I was only diagnosed with anxiety sometime a

    year or so ago bit when us was it made the rest of the world seem to make sense. My reasons for nerves so bad that I bite my nails to the bed, for double and triple checking locks at night to interpreting the slightest change in things as the worst thing ever. I have spent most...
    VBLOVE1106 VBLOVE1106 22-25, F Apr 2

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    Yes Me Too

    i get panic attack when i am around people i am shy but i am getting over it i talk to people i dont know way more but i still get panic attack nov 16 11 02 am
    emilykent emilykent 13-15 Nov 18, 2012

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    Who Has Overcome It?

    Ive been reading the stories here in the "I Suffer from Anxiety and Panic Attacks" group, and my experience has been very similar to MANY others.Had my first Attack totally out of the blue one night (taught it was a heart attack) .... dizzy, chest pain, couldn't breath, sweating...
    ShaneGibson ShaneGibson 22-25, M 1 Response May 20, 2012

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    Do other people besides me think of the worst

    possible scenario when something happens
    stjlynn stjlynn 26-30, F 2 Responses Mar 15

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    This Is Me...

    I've had panic attacks for about 3 years now. My parents brought me to about 50 doctors, a shrink, a hypnotist! And I'm now on my second psychologist! I'm after missing about 2 full years of school work (which included state examinations, I passed all exams but only barley). I...
    2facedme 2facedme 16-17, F 2 Responses Nov 19, 2013

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    Today in gym class I had a anxiety/panic attack

    out of no where! I was fine one minute than I was on the ground the next. I blacked out for most of it though. All I remember is not breathing. Than me gym teacher in my face holding me down than blacked out again the people surrounding me.. Than blacked out... Than me on the...
    Anonymousgirl8 Anonymousgirl8 13-15, F Dec 19, 2013

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    Alleviating That Excess Nervous Energy

    One of the hardest things to deal with when trying to overcome panic and anxiety is knowing what to do with all that excess energy. I know when I used to get my panic attacks it sometimes felt like I just wanted to jump right out of my skin! My heart would race at a thousand...
    Lifeafterpanic566 Lifeafterpanic566 31-35, M May 7, 2013

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    So today something new happened,

    and I would really like to know if anyone else has experienced anything similiar to this. I have always been plagued by panic attacks and currently am taking an anti-anxiety perscription. Today during a lecture I could hear a faint ringing noise. It gradually got louder and more...
    Sygnarr Sygnarr 18-21, F 3 Responses Apr 3

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    I'm currently freaking out

    and need a distraction I have chest tightness and it's making me go into over load I've been extremely tired lately which is making me worried too someone help me please
    stjlynn86 stjlynn86 26-30, F 1 Response Feb 27

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    I had really bad anxiety

    when i woke up this morning i was sick. I then got to school thinking that everythings fine and its all going to be okay. I got into maths and my teacher sent me straight back out for refusing to sit next to some girl. I go back into class and i sit away from her. I was laughing...
    GoToHellForHeavensSake GoToHellForHeavensSake 13-15, F 1 Response Jan 10

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    Just had the worst anxiety attack I've probably

    ever had... It ended like 20 minutes ago and I'm still feel extremely nauseas.
    Anonymousgirl8 Anonymousgirl8 13-15, F Apr 2

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    I remember when I was prom dress shopping in

    this shop. It was a small shop but there were loads of girls who I thought were much skinner/prettier than me. My heart started pumping really hard, hands sweaty, felt light headed, and just wanted to leave it as quickly as I could
    iheath iheath 13-15, F Feb 8

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    I've noticed now when I force myself to get out

    and exercise like run a mile, do some indoor cardio routines or lift weights, I feel very calm afterwards. Exercise is a great tool to help better deal with anxiety! It sucks when you're anxious or exhausted but trying to push yourself to hit the gym, an empty room or even your...
    Anxiousgirl13 Anxiousgirl13 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 4

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    The Drowning/inability To Breathe Feeling...

    Every time I have a panic attack I am unable to breathe. The most recent attack was last night when everyone else in my house was asleep.The attack came when I was trying to fall asleep and the anxiety over what will happen tomorrow (now today) grew until I had to sit up, turn on...
    xfirespritex xfirespritex 22-25, F 2 Responses Jan 16, 2012

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    This Used To Be A Really Big Problem For Me....

    it totally ran my life. But after a lot of time working on it, I was able to see through the issues and get the upper hand. I still have to take care of myself or I can become susceptible to them again, but I think I finally am over these issues for good. So it can be done...
    Exce1sior Exce1sior 36-40, M Oct 12, 2013

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    The past few nights I have been crying myself

    to sleep with these crazy panic attacks which are brought on by a number of stupid actions, thoughts and silly things. Mostly, the fact that I absolutely hate sleeping alone after my signif. other has left me (a bit silly.) and also how much I miss my dad. I'm exhausted and...
    Ronce Ronce 16-17, F 2 Responses Jan 8

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    11. We’re all susceptible to it.

    The dread and anxiety of not knowing what’s coming. It’s pointless in the end. Because all the worrying, and all the making of plans for things that could, or could not happen, it only makes things worse. So walk your dog. Or take a nap. Just, whatever you do, stop worrying...
    Briinx Briinx 31-35, F 1 Response Jan 15

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    What is a Panic AttackA very important question

    if you're struggling with this condition. You should really understanding exactly what's going on behind the scenes.So what is a PA?A sudden feeling of acute and disabling anxiety.`Ok, that's the textbook definition, but i don't think that clears things up too much so let's go l...
    Lifeafterpanic566 Lifeafterpanic566 31-35, M Feb 23

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    A Brewing Problem

    Once again, I find myself at a point where I'm doing some serious soul searching. Just when you think you've searched every inch of that bugger, you find out that there is a huge chunk that just came to light. It seems like what my imagination wants conflicts with what is right...
    Linxer Linxer 26-30, F 2 Responses Jun 9, 2012

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    So I feel like I've had social anxiety almost

    my whole life. When I'm comfortable I can talk with people but as soon as I'm with more than 3 people it gets worse. I just have this sense that people will think critically of everything I say even tho I know it's not true. Marijuana has also been amplifying it recently which...
    Packie1990 Packie1990 22-25, M 2 Responses Feb 19

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    Listen to the question

    because questions hide intent .
    Briinx Briinx 31-35, F 1 Response Dec 31, 2013

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    I Still Don't Fully Understand

    I still dont fully understand the symptoms i have. it feels as if i have heart burn or asthma at the same time. idk. like my chest is just really tight and lacking air i guess. I'm on medication now, but sometimes it doesn't work. When i feel like the day will bring on an attack...
    Jem12Sabre Jem12Sabre 18-21, F Nov 26, 2012

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    My heart beats fast, my eyes start to water,

    my palms get sweaty, and I can feel my stomach in knots. My brain is doing the "what if's" again and everyone is just standing there. Not understanding how scared and nervous i am. They only last for like 10 minuets and then I calm down. But being so worked up is honestly scary...
    olivias78 olivias78 13-15, F 1 Response Apr 2

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    I Suffer From Anxiety And Panic Attacks

    I have had anxiety for years. It then turned into also panic attacks. I have had such a bad attack while driving, that had to pull over and call 911 while I had my 10yr old daughter in the car with me! I have been thru several programs for anxiety and panic. I have also been in...
    ILYJA ILYJA 36-40, F 1 Response Apr 28, 2011

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    I Want to Be Alone

    I am supposed to go to the VA hospital on the 15th of October. It was 11:59 PM when I decided I wasn't going. I don't feel comfortable about seeing my doctor right now.  I was scheduled to see him due to to an emergency admittance to the hospital two weeks...
    Micayla Micayla 61-65, F 6 Responses Oct 14, 2008

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    Spinning

    i haven't had such bad anxiety since i was a kid but it feels like its getting worse... i had a panic attack last week before one of my exams and missed it cause i couldn't function right and i ended up passing out. later i went to the doctor and got a note so it wasn't a big...
    Anicia47 Anicia47 16-17, F 1 Response Jan 26, 2013

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    A Cell Of Panic Attacks

    i just hate panic atacks i feel like it puts me in a cell ive got to take controle of them. ive been put on meds and i hate it the side effects but i may have to give in to the meds. i know some of my triggers not all of them i try counting or thinking iam lying in a field of...
    lunnas lunnas 41-45, F 3 Responses Nov 8, 2011

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    How I Overcame Panic, Fear, Hypochondria And Agoraphobia!

    I struggled with panic, fear, hypochondria and eventually even agoraphobia for years. It seemed like my mind just got stuck in this loop in which I just kept worrying. As soon as my panic kicked in, my heart started racing and I was absolutely convinced that I was on the verge...
    Lifeafterpanic566 Lifeafterpanic566 31-35, M Nov 25, 2013

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    My Worst Panic Attack Is Gonna Have Consequences

    After recent divorce and loss of career, I hit a low. For the first time since 18, I had to move back to my moms house, which is in the middle of nowhere. As in, if you want to grocery shop, you have to drive a half hour. My whole life that I built for myself had fallen apart. My...
    Realitychexk Realitychexk 31-35, M Nov 5, 2013

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    How Can I Stop My Negative, Panic Inducing Thoughts!

    When I suffered from chronic panic attacks, one of the biggest obstacles to overcoming it was stopping my mind from constantly circling around negative thoughts. I would just get these terrible ideas of things that "might" happen, and my mind would obsess about them like they...
    Lifeafterpanic566 Lifeafterpanic566 31-35, M Dec 29, 2012

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    I need out of this town. Long story to it. I have no job currently so how do i move iam a 22 year old female. This place and the people in it make me feel suicidle.
    pinkglitteress pinkglitteress 22-25, F Mar 24

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    i am new here and i am soo insecure that i hate myself for not being like someone else blah blah. i do not understand what is going on with me. help!
    karly21 karly21 18-21, F 4 Responses Apr 6

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    ok.. so basicly i suffer from severe anxiety. so bad that i dont have any friends nor have i had a proper boyfriend or a proper job i get so anxious and nervous around people its...
    pinkglitteress pinkglitteress 22-25, F 4 days ago

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    ok.. so basicly i suffer from severe anxiety. so bad that i dont have any friends nor have i had a proper boyfriend or a proper job i get so anxious and nervous around people its...
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    I am finally going to the doctor to be put on anti-anxiety medicine. I cannot wait. I've had enough panic attacks for one lifetime.
    Thatonechickthatdoesstuff Thatonechickthatdoesstuff 18-21, F 2 Responses Mar 29

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