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9th-Aug-2006 07:13 pm
This could very well be against the community rules so please correct me if I'm wrong. I don't think I was clear in this post:http://community.livejournal.com/_survivors_/558644.html#cutid1

(Just a reminder that it contains descriptions of panic attacks)

I was wondering if what I was experiencing happened to actually be panic attacks and if there's anything that can be done about them? Last night was scary.
10th-Aug-2006 05:15 am (UTC)
panic attacks are a feeling of overall.. panic. increased heartbeat, sweating, the choking feeling you described. i suffer from panic attacks, and there are many panic communities that may be able to help you more than me. a good one is panic_anxiety.
10th-Aug-2006 12:04 pm (UTC)
I have allergic reactions and they feel like panic attacks. But I've also had a panic attack before. My point is sometimes it's hard to tell when you are just really upset and when you are having a panic attack. To me, a panic attack is when you feel like you can't breathe and are choking. I usually feel a tightness in my chest and my pulse goes crazy. And I feel like I'm going to blackout. Breathing deep and trying to get calm help me a lot. Shallow breaths seem to make it worse. But telling yourself that it is a panic attack and you are not dying and trying to remain rational helps me. And if all else fails I take benadryl and it calms me down. But I always try to do it myself first unless it is just really bad.
10th-Aug-2006 01:09 pm (UTC)
There are a whole host of treatment options for panic attacks from the medical (medication, etc.) to therapy to soothing routines and reassurance-type coping skills.

Panic attacks can take lots of forms, but usually have one or more of the following symptoms: heart rate elevated, sweats, shaking, hot flashes, feelings of unreality (paranoia or dissociation), difficulty breathing (or hyperventilation), fear of pain or death (usually feeling like you'll die from the panic attack symptoms), nausea, etc.

One of the best ways to start treating panic attacks is to record them, each time they happen. Write down how strong it was, whether there was a thought or feeling that triggered it, and what your symptoms were. That way you can work on reassuring yourself or on learning what helps soothe you for each situation (for example, bringing a comfort object with you like a comfy shirt if you're going somewhere you usually have panic attacks, etc.)
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