I Suffer From Anxiety and Panic Attacks

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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

    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

    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
    Feb 10, 2015

    Had a panic attack last night,

    probably one of the scariest things, physically and emotionally, I've experienced :/
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    1 Response Jul 11, 2015

    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

    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
    22-25, F
    3 Responses Jan 27, 2015

    This happens to me and it's

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

    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

    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

    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...
    thatgirlray thatgirlray
    16-17, F
    2 Responses Aug 24, 2015

    This week was hectic.

    Today was awful. As a result I had two panic attacks and spent most of the day fight the urge to cry and/or vomit. I keep telling myself that soon I'll have stability and things will be easier, but stability seems to get farther every day.
    2JustBe 2JustBe
    26-30, F
    Mar 5

    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

    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

    So I've found a job, joined a few support groups

    and met great people, found a new therapist, and thought I was all ready for the new year, only to get dragged back down by my father's daily screaming tantrums. I've already asked my mother to move out with me. She says no. My sister still lives in this country and my mom can...
    BlueJinx BlueJinx
    26-30, F
    5 Responses Mar 7

    It happens more now than ever.

    It's been a year since my life changed forever. A year ago my Mom and I found out that she had a mass on her lung. It was confirmed to be stage 4 lung cancer. So March isn't really a great month for me because he reminds me of how quickly my life changed and crumbled apart. My...
    Philli8807 Philli8807
    26-30, F
    3 Responses Mar 5

    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
    Feb 7

    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

    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

    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

    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
    3 Responses Mar 4, 2015

    I had a panic attack today

    when I woke up, it wasn't a really bad one, I hate it so much I wish they will go away :(
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    Mar 14

    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

    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
    3 Responses Dec 28, 2015

    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

    I can usually keep composure

    until I believe the person or people with me are also panicking or upset. That's when it starts to feel like falling backwards off a cliff in slow motion.
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    Mar 8

    I wonder if it's possible to practice dealing

    with panic attacks when you're constantly surrounded by people who trigger them. There's not a moment of peace in my mind.
    BlueJinx BlueJinx
    26-30, F
    3 Responses Sep 23, 2015

    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
    1 Response Nov 19, 2015

    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

    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

    The other night I had a panic attack

    that felt like it would never end. Backstory: I met my boyfriend online he lived on the opposite side of the United States. A year after we started dating I decided to pack up my life to move in with him. I lived with him for two years until he decided he only loved me as a...
    Taralynn113 Taralynn113
    22-25, F
    1 Response Mar 8

    Today I went to lunch with my family

    and we went to a really crowded place and I knew I wasn't going to be able to stay. But I tried and there where more than 150 in that room. I started crying Bc I was having a panic/anxiety attack. So we had to go somewhere else. I feel really bad.
    stacyjean99 stacyjean99
    16-17, F
    Jan 18, 2015

    Thanks to seroquel And the corrupt And no

    heroes stopping the corrupt
    OddButResilient OddButResilient
    46-50, M
    Feb 10

    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...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    1 Response Nov 17, 2014

    In the eye of the storm Pieces of metal,

    whooshing past me One a direct hit - to my heart My arms reach up, towards the light But, I drown in the darkness of the night sea.
    vfashionista86 vfashionista86
    26-30, F
    Apr 9
    cm94 cm94
    22-25, F
    1 Response Dec 27, 2015

    I absolutely hate when I've gone several months

    without my really bad anxiety and panic attacks then all of a sudden out of the blue, I wake up in a panic. It just feels like a giant let down. And makes me fear that I am regressing. But I guess I should be thankful that I've been able to go so long without this anxiety and...
    emetophobic247 emetophobic247
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Nov 24, 2015

    I can't breath. I just want to be calm,

    sounds like such an easy thing to do, but it's not for me. Once I'm stuck in a panic attack, I can't shake it off for hours.
    BlueJinx BlueJinx
    26-30, F
    Jan 1

    I was fine for me anyways

    and suddenly I was hit with an anxiety attack about getting food poisoning and now I just feel really depressed.
    fallenstar23 fallenstar23
    22-25, F
    Apr 13

    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

    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
    18-21, F
    1 Response Jul 9, 2015

    I'm about to go on a trip.

    A cruise actually and I'm freaking out. I'm having awful panic attacks and I don't even leave until tomorrow. How am I going to survive let alone have a good time when I just want to be sick?? Please make this crap go away!!
    SadAllTheTime42 SadAllTheTime42
    46-50, F
    1 Response Feb 16

    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

    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

    After three years of trying to battle these

    panic attacks alone and being basically house bound, I'm back on meds. Since a visit to the psychiatrist can cost a fortune in this country, I asked my GP instead to prescribe me something to help me control my anxiety so I can get a job and move out. She gave me three...
    BlueJinx BlueJinx
    26-30, F
    Apr 13

    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
    18-21, F
    Nov 21, 2013

    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

    I have my moments....

    it can be draining but I'll be "OK"
    teeRAY005 teeRAY005
    26-30, F
    Mar 5

    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

    My anxiety is the worst.

    I can physically feel it and when it happens my nausea is terrible. Ugh
    elliemadison elliemadison
    16-17, F
    1 Response Mar 17

    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

    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

    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

    I went outside to get cold air

    and to be alone. I couldn't stop crying, I was sobbing hardcore unable to stop, breathing fast, then my let's starting uncontrollably shaking, then my hands starting shaking, then my hands starting to cramp, it didn't hurt but my fingers were forcefully clamping together, I...
    liquidgold18k liquidgold18k
    18-21, F
    Dec 24, 2015

    sometimes I'm ok, but today not at all,

    shopping centres make me nervous , hot, sweaty, breathless and shakey..
    lostinthisworld83 lostinthisworld83
    31-35, F
    2 Responses Dec 18, 2015

    This really sucks, those

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

    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

    I am having a breakdown right now

    because of how my ex husband made me feel. He made a scene infront of parents and children in the school, swearing his head off. Its because how he humiliated me infront of the people there, I told him that my daughter can't go with him to stay for the weekend. He grabbed my...
    mabuhayka mabuhayka
    31-35, F
    3 Responses Oct 2, 2015
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