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Old 02-25-2010
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Panic attacks are really scary, They can inter fear with any daily activities at any time.They make you feel like your going to die/Faint or make you feel like your going really crazy.
Here a some symptoms you feel while you having a panic attack
.Dizziness
.You feel like your going to faint/Pass out/light headed
.Heart races
.nausea
.Feel like your going to die.
These are just some symptoms.
For me I feel really light headed/I get hot and cold flushes and get really dizzy, And my heart races and I get a tight chest.I get teased about it sometimes and people think its weird and sometimes laugh and tell me to do something or move away.And I dont have any friends because they are scared that I might have one and they dont know what to do, They best thing to do is clam the person down, Talk to them get them to take deep slow breaths and try to get on quickly without huge fuss.
When I have one I just sit down and breathe, Thats my best option.
Thank you for reading.Tills....
 
Old 04-03-2010
 

I feel sick to my stomach, shaking all over and the only thing you can really do to end it, is to get your mind off of how really bad you feel.
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Old 04-03-2010
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I feel very veryyyyyyy anxious, my stomach feels sick, I usually start to cry a bit, occasionally I have heart palpitations, and my negative thoughts reaaaaally start to kick in. I basically feel like life is over. Impending doom feeling, I guess you'd call it.

Oh, I also get shaky.
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Old 04-04-2010
 

Ride a roller coaster and then breathe through a straw. Oh, and, make sure everyone is watching.
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Old 04-04-2010
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My heart starts beating very fast, so fast I can feel it in my head. My breathing becomes erratic & sometimes I can barely breathe at all. I feel like I'm going to pass out, faint, or have a heart attack. I feel like the whole world is caving in on me. It's a terrible, horrible feeling. It's even worse when it happens in public.
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Old 04-04-2010
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Heart starts beating fast, start getting 10 times hotter. Find it hard to breathe, shaking, dizzyness, feel like im going to be sick. If i let it past i get tingles all through my arm and hand its weird.
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Old 04-04-2010
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I don't know if it's panic attacks but when I get mad and fight I start shaking badly.
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Old 04-20-2010
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I don't know if it's panic attacks but when I get mad and fight I start shaking badly.
The same happens to me when I fight (verbally), but in my opinion it's just the body responding to a very stressful situation. Panic usually implies feelings of fear: either fear causing the physical symptoms, or the physical symptoms causing you to fear.

In my case it's always the latter. First time I had a panic attack it was in one day of November when I had a bit more coffee than I'm used to. I felt a bit shaky and my heart beating faster, but I thought it's the coffee, it will go away (and it did), so I went out for half hour. After I came back, and settled in front of my computer, right in the middle of an email my heart started to race, I started to shake like I was electrocuted, I was feeling too cold and too hot alternatively and all I could think was that I was having a heart attack and I would die alone, nobody noticing until late in the evening when it would be too late. Being a smoker made this for a very plausible conclusion. I phoned my BF and my dad but that half hour until someone actually arrived seemed like a year.

Anyway, back to the topic. As I read on the Internet, the symptoms of a PA can vary from person to person, some being more usual. My physical symptoms are among these:
- increased heart rate (130 or more)
- sometimes the heart beats very strong (I feel the pounding in my neck) or it skips a beat, or has an extra-beat - which alone is an unsettling feeling, according to the cardiologist that I saw in order to make sure there's nothing wrong with my heart
- my whole body trembles
- a feeling like something heavy is set on my chest, or like a too tight embrace, which makes me take deep breaths in hopes to release the pressure
- I feel as if my breath is useless, as if I'm not getting enough air, although breathing faster or deeper doesn't help (only would make me dizzy/hyperventilated)
- hot/cold flashes
- if my body doesn't shake, then it feels tight and i can't stop from straining/stretching my muscles, either from legs or hands; if I'm laying in bed then I fidget and can't stay horizontally for long; if I'm up, I tend to bend forward and prop with my hands on my upper legs like the gallows
- lately during the PAs all my skin hurts at a light massage (not sore like a rash, but more like after you stretch your hair in a too tight ponytail or you change the usual ponytail position)
- sometimes dizziness, but rarely and lasts only a couple of seconds
- going to pee very often
- no patience to concentrate on other things like talking/listening on the phone

As for my mind:

- First I must say that for me the PAs take long, sometimes till 6 hours, sometimes I have one in the morning and a second in the evening, often they occur after eating or before going out. I only had 3 full blown (I ended in ER each time, where a calcium shot helped calm me down), but some less intense or with only a couple of the symptoms I had almost every day. This made me cherish every day that went without that feeling of pressure on my chest, but also made me cry more often, especially during the late night PAs when I'm very tired and tense and I want to sleep so all I can think of is that I can't stand this anymore. On the good side, crying helped lighten the pressure.

- Strangely I never felt any fear before a PA, only after it starts, and of course because my thoughts were usually: "I'm going to die", "nobody believes how bad and real this is" or "these doctors are no good, I am suffering of something else that will be discovered only at my autopsy!"
Note: I said "my thoughts were" because when I started to look on the Internet for more information about panic, I found that from 10-15 usual symptoms I had around 8-10 and then I went to forums and discovered so many people having the same problems - this had more positive effect on me than anything that the doctors said, and finally convinced me that my problem is indeed a panic disorder, not some "House MD" subject I found it hard to believe because I have a normal family, I am not stressed and my problems exist (who doesn't have problems?) but are nothing out of the ordinary.

- Last but not least this had impact in my behaviour too. Because I wasn't convinced of the diagnosis and wasn't even able to properly describe what I felt (there was no actual pain), I kept paying attention to every little unusual symptom. I started to be always en garde for any signs of of another PA coming up - yes, more worries. But the worst was that I started to avoid staying alone (I had less PAs when I'm talking to people, even strangers), going out alone, or going out anyhow. And when I went out, I always made sure that I have with me my cell phone and my pills (a light sedative recommended by my GP for the hard times), although I still have the impression that the pills have more a placebo than a real effect.

As I said above, reading about other people's experiences was for me as moral-lifting as a revelation, so I hope that this extensive list will be not only boring but also maybe helpful to someone.
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Old 08-31-2010
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I get a tight chest, racing heart, nausea, lightheadedness, feel like I'm going to pass out, I can't think straight and I either get really fidgety and pace or all I want is for everything to stop and it takes everything I have to not curl up somewhere quiet and cry.

But the worst part - Does anyone else get this? - is that afterwards I get extremely depressed. I've had issues with depression for almost 6 years, but after an attack everything gets worse. It's not unusual for me to end up cutting myself after an attack, even though normally I can resist those issues easily.
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Old 08-31-2010
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~My chest tightens
~My breathing gets quick and shallow
~My heart starts beating hard enough that I'm surprised people can't hear it
~Nervous twitches, usually shaking my hands
~Trying hard to resist crying yet always being surprised when tears start rolling down my cheeks
~Anxious enough so that I feel like I've just been surprised by a very large, very mad bear stalking me (or other like examples)
~I break into nervous sweats and get terrible chills
~I get a hundred thoughts going through my head yet whenever I try to speak I either babble incoherently or stand there silently looking like a loon with my mouth hanging open
~If it goes on for long enough, I get dizzy and rarely black out if I don't sit down fast

I don't get them too often thankfully but I dread the times that they pop up. The worst part for me is the feeling that the next corner you 'round, the End Of The World is going to jump out at you and shout BOO.

@Jackiechanliness: I almost always get depressed afterwards too, though I always try extremely hard to stave it off until I get somewhere quiet and be on my own. I'm sorry to hear that yours is bad enough to trigger cutting -- just remember to find something great and positive to focus on, if it'll help at all.
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Old 08-31-2010
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Yes, it was the tight chest, dizziness, feeling faint that triggers the panic feeling for me. Once I had the first panic attack I used to get waves of mini attacks for days afterwards that I would ride out like a rollercoaster. I'd get a panic attack after days and days of negative and worrying thoughts. It was like my mind just overloaded, and it said no more, and the panic attack just blotted out any means of rational thought other than a fear that I was about to die.

I've learnt to control the panic feeling, I still get the dizziness, but I know I am not going to die suddenly. So it goes after a while.
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Old 08-31-2010
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i have a lot of the symptoms people have mentioned... mostly i just feel nauseous and my heart races, i get flustered and hot and my chest and neck usually gets red splotches all over, that's the only part people notice... so if i'm feeling anxious sometimes my friends will see and be like "aw katie, what's wrong? why are you anxious?!" lol.. it's cute, i have good friends, they try to get me to think of other stuff or make me laugh... i wish other people could be gifted with great friends, too =/
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Old 08-31-2010
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I get alot of the symptoms that everyone is talking about. With the exception of feeling like I am going to die. For me when I am having them I want to die. I also have some of the most abstract negative thoughts go through my brain. Things like Pugatory, and being lost in outer space alone. Or hostile aliens enslaving the planet (I know it weird). The best way I have always found to explain it to people, is a bad trip on mushrooms. But really for the most part, I just feel like I don't want to exist anymore. Like I cannot come down from this and rest, and the only thing that will stop it is death. Usually right when I start to really feel the urge, one of my kids will walk in and tell me they love me, and then I will snap out of it.
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Old 08-31-2010
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...people think its weird....
This part really sucks. I tried to describe it to a friend once and he just gave me a look like O-o. Started to feel like one was coming on while working with a physical therapist recently so I let her know about it, same look.

It's understandable though, I guess. If I had never had one before, I don't think I could really understand it.
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Old 08-31-2010
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I get alot of the symptoms that everyone is talking about. With the exception of feeling like I am going to die. For me when I am having them I want to die. I also have some of the most abstract negative thoughts go through my brain. Things like Pugatory, and being lost in outer space alone. Or hostile aliens enslaving the planet (I know it weird). The best way I have always found to explain it to people, is a bad trip on mushrooms. But really for the most part, I just feel like I don't want to exist anymore. Like I cannot come down from this and rest, and the only thing that will stop it is death. Usually right when I start to really feel the urge, one of my kids will walk in and tell me they love me, and then I will snap out of it.
I'm exactly the same..but rather than wanting to die it's like wanting to not exist.
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Old 09-01-2010
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I'm exactly the same..but rather than wanting to die it's like wanting to not exist.
wow that makes me feel so much better. I thought I was the only one.
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hi guesseed!

I've only ever had 2 (i think). The major one was a couple years ago, a couple days after xmas day. Ended up taking a visit to A&E (which didn't help at all). It lasted for several hours. Had all of the above symptoms. What maybe made it a bit different than all the rest mentioned in this thread is that i started out being severely depressed for a day/so --> overdosed (deliberately) on 3 of my meds (clonazepam, loxamine & self-prescribed Nervaids), hoping it would "blast-away" my depression (was really desperate), but what i really wanted was just some booze (but i had run out, & the meds were all i had) --> then called my bro to take me to town to get some alcohol --> as soon as i got back in car immediately cracked-open can of beer, & took a few swigs of liquor --> then we drove around town, drinking, talking, and then after about 10 minutes the panic-attack hit me. From memory, i think it started with light-headed --> nausea (stepped outside vehicle to side of road for several mins, expected to chuck, but didn't) --> then suddenly all the rest of symptoms arrived all at same time (sight went "black", hearing got distorted (& oversensitive to noise), rapid heartrate, dizziness, sweating, hot/cold, etc) --> hyperactive/panicky thoughts --> tingling (a few hours later, i think as the PA was starting to wane, or i was "managing" it)

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I'd get a panic attack after days and days of negative and worrying thoughts. It was like my mind just overloaded, and it said no more, and the panic attack just blotted out any means of rational thought other than a fear that I was about to die.
I've learnt to control the panic feeling, I still get the dizziness, but I know I am not going to die suddenly. So it goes after a while
What i found quite interesting (which i "learnt" after a few hours of it) was that i could control my symptoms via what thoughts i was thinking. All i did was to repeat a mantra of 'positive, positive, good, good', and as long as i kept that up constantly, the symptoms would lessen (heartrate would slow down, tingling would lessen, etc - and of course my deep/black depression would rise a little to give me a tiny glimmer of hope). Of course i could only whisper the words as was over-sensitive to noise!. So that is PROOF of the power of the spoken word!. I actually learnt quite a bit from that ghastly experience.

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I get alot of the symptoms that everyone is talking about. With the exception of feeling like I am going to die. For me when I am having them I want to die. I also have some of the most abstract negative thoughts go through my brain. Things like Pugatory, and being lost in outer space alone. Or hostile aliens enslaving the planet (I know it weird). The best way I have always found to explain it to people, is a bad trip on mushrooms. But really for the most part, I just feel like I don't want to exist anymore
Yes, i wanted to die, badly, to escape all the pain, but i think that desire was due to me having been (& still in during the panic-attack, which made it worse due to it's wierdness/etc) in a major depression. If you haven't experienced it, major depression + panic attack = HELL ON EARTH. I NEVER EVER want to go back there.
--:> What doesn't kill you (but makes you wish you were dead) makes you stronger!

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I'm exactly the same..but rather than wanting to die it's like wanting to not exist
Personally, i had lost all sense of self-identity (i felt like "nothing") & lost all emotional attachments to absolutely everything (due to the depression), so it kind of felt like i was already dead. If i understand you correctly, by "wanting to not exist" you are meaning that you wish your "being" (soul/spirit/mind/body) had never been created? or maybe that if you could die, then your "being" wouldnt just "separate" into its separate elements but would be completely anihiliated, with no trace that it had ever existed?

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And concerning my other panic attack, this thread has made me realize for the first time that i also had at least one minor panic attack during my younger days. I recall standing on the sidelines watching a game of hockey, which i also played (sports day at school). Then suddenly for absolutely no reason, my vision went "black" & felt i was going to collapse/faint, so i crouched down, breathed deeply for a few minutes & it was gone, never to happen again!.
And i realised now that i was "prone" to dizzy spells, but i never thought anything of them back then, thinking it was anormal thing. But I kind of knew i had circulation/whatever problems, as i would get absolutely red-faced during a hockey game, when swimming the soles of my feet would turn yellow (& numb), i've got a "sunken chest", suffered heart palpitations fairly regularly.
So on that occasion i probably thought it was just a circulation issue. But the question is why i almost blacked-out? I wasnt thinking at all, just watching a game. Or maybe sth in my subconscious triggered it??.
I'm certainly no expert, but i'm thinking that panic attacks are maybe triggered by a COMBINATION of physical, mental, emotional (& possibly subconscious) aspects???
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Old 09-02-2010
 

hi guessed!

I've only ever had 2 (i think). The major one was a couple years ago. Ended up taking a visit to A&E (which didn't help at all). It lasted for several hours. Had all of the above symptoms. What maybe made it a bit different than all the rest mentioned in this thread is that i started out being severely depressed for a day/so --> overdosed (deliberately) on 3 of my meds (clonazepam, loxamine & self-prescribed Nervaids), hoping it would "blast-away" my depression (was really desperate), but what i really wanted was just some booze (but i had run out, & the meds were all i had) --> then called my bro to take me to town to get some alcohol --> as soon as i got back in car immediately cracked-open can of beer, & took a few swigs of liquor --> then we drove around town, talking & then after about 10 minutes the panic-attack hit me. From memory, i think it started with light-headed --> nausea (stepped outside vehicle to side of road for several mins, expected to chuck, but didn't) --> then suddenly all the rest of symptoms arrived all at same time (sight went "black", hearing got distorted (& oversensitive to noise), rapid heartrate, dizziness, sweating, hot/cold, etc) --> hyperactive/panicky thoughts --> tingling (a few hours later, i think as the PA was starting to wane, or i was "managing" it)

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I'd get a panic attack after days and days of negative and worrying thoughts. It was like my mind just overloaded, and it said no more, and the panic attack just blotted out any means of rational thought other than a fear that I was about to die.
I've learnt to control the panic feeling, I still get the dizziness, but I know I am not going to die suddenly. So it goes after a while
What i found quite interesting (which i "learnt" after a few hours of it) was that i could control my symptoms via what thoughts i was thinking. All i did was to repeat a mantra of 'positive, positive, good, good', and as long as i kept that up constantly, the symptoms would lessen (heartrate would slow down, tingling would lessen, etc - and of course my deep/black depression would rise a little to give me a tiny glimmer of hope). Of course i could only whisper the words as was over-sensitive to noise!. So that is PROOF of the power of the spoken word!. I actually learnt quite a bit from that ghastly experience.

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I get alot of the symptoms that everyone is talking about. With the exception of feeling like I am going to die. For me when I am having them I want to die. I also have some of the most abstract negative thoughts go through my brain. Things like Pugatory, and being lost in outer space alone. Or hostile aliens enslaving the planet (I know it weird). The best way I have always found to explain it to people, is a bad trip on mushrooms. But really for the most part, I just feel like I don't want to exist anymore
Yes, i wanted to die, badly, to escape all the pain, but i think that desire was due to me having been (& still in during the panic-attack, which made it worse due to it's wierdness/etc) in a major depression. If you haven't experienced it, major depression + panic attack = HELL ON EARTH. I NEVER EVER want to go back there.
--:> What doesn't kill you (but makes you wish you were dead) makes you stronger!

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I'm exactly the same..but rather than wanting to die it's like wanting to not exist
Personally, i had lost all sense of self-identity (felt like "nothing") & lost all emotional attachments to absolutely everything (due to the depression), so it kind of felt like i was already dead. If i understand you correctly, by "wanting to not exist" you are meaning that you wish your "being" (soul/spirit/mind/body) had never been created? or maybe that if you could die, then your "being" wouldnt just "separate" into its separate elements but would be completely anihiliated, with no trace that it had ever existed?

-------------

And concerning my other panic attack, this thread has made me realize for the first time that i also had at least one minor panic attack during my younger days. I recall standing on the sidelines watching a game of hockey, which i also played (sports day at school). Then suddenly for absolutely no reason, my vision went "black" & felt i was going to collapse/faint, so i crouched down, breathed deeply for a few minutes & it was gone, never to happen again!.
And i realised now that i was "prone" to dizzy spells, but i never thought anything of them back then, thinking it was anormal thing. But I kind of knew i had circulation/whatever problems, as i would get absolutely red-faced during a hockey game, when swimming the soles of my feet would turn yellow (& numb), i've got a "sunken chest", suffered heart palpitations fairly regularly.
So on that occasion i probably thought it was just a circulation issue. But the question is why i almost blacked-out? I wasnt thinking at all, just watching a game. Or maybe sth in my subconscious triggered it??.
I'm certainly no expert, but i'm thinking that panic attacks are maybe triggered by a COMBINATION of physical, mental, emotional (& possibly subconscious) aspects???
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Old 09-02-2010
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Personally, i had lost all sense of self-identity (felt like "nothing") & lost all emotional attachments to absolutely everything (due to the depression), so it kind of felt like i was already dead. If i understand you correctly, by "wanting to not exist" you are meaning that you wish your "being" (soul/spirit/mind/body) had never been created? or maybe that if you could die, then your "being" wouldnt just "separate" into its separate elements but would be completely anihiliated, with no trace that it had ever existed?
That's pretty much exactly it..Though I have gotten better at handling depression, I still have MDD to a fairly extreme degree. I don't feel completely gone after a panic attack, but I feel so close to being dead that it's almost not even worth it to put in the effort to kill myself. That's how it feels, anyways.
I'm better at handling it now, and dealing with suicidal throught processes for over 5 years has taught me to just sit it out until I can talk to someone who cares about me. I'm very lucky to have spectacular friends who would do almost anything for me
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Old 09-04-2010
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well i had my first panic attack this summer in late june after i had gone to a huge gig at the wembly arena (my first gig). it was terrible, i fet like the crowd wanted to kill me and i was in the golden circle which is probably filled with the wild crazy fans. later on that night i went home and couldnt sleep.

i felt weakness in knees, light-headed, loss of breath, i was trying to sleep but couldnt breathe properly, thought i was gonna die , i got taken to the hospital and as we sat in the accident and emergency where i was shaking and shivering (as if i was cold) i had to grab on to things, and the reception woman kept staring it was so annoying noone came for an hour

i didnt want to go to the hospital at all which was even more annoying since i already have a huge fear of nurses and i thought they were trying to poison me with pills it was really bad i felt they were watching me in the hospital didnt enjoy it at all. they would randomly come in the middle of the night to check your blood pressure that was my first time in the hospital.

ever since i havent gone out much at all.
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