Upset -- panic attacks -- suggestions

Hi I'm new here, but tonight was a rough night. I don't have anyone I can talk to about this and I feel so alone. I try not to feel sorry for myself but that's the thing about having depression and anxiety sometimes that happens on its own. Anyways I just feel defeated and worthless and I had a huge panic attack an hour ago which hasn't happened in a while and when that happens I feel distraught for hours after and I can't sleep now..I'm an insomniac as it is. Anyone have any tips or suggestions on how to try to stop panic attacks? I'm having a hard time controlling them lately. Any suggestions for dealing with insomnia?

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  • They there, welcome to the community. What are you currently doing to manage your anxiety, and what are you willing to try? That's not necessarily something you have to tell me but something worth asking yourself. For example, what's your support system like? Do you attend a support group? Do you see a counselor? Do you have a trustworthy friend or family member that you can regularly confide in? Some combination of the three will go a really long way.

  • I am sorry you are going through this. When I have panic attacks I say a mantra such as "I am safe or I am safe in God's arms" over and over again. This does seems to slow the panic attack. I also take deep breaths in and exhale out for 5 minutes. This also seems to help a bit. I can't say it completely stops them but it gives me something else to focus on. I am in the middle of dealing with depression/anxiety and when this happens I also can't sleep. It has helped me to take melatonin or other over the counter sleep aid, always with the consultation of my doctor. I also play positive affirmations or ocean waves softly as I try and sleep on my laptop or phone. I don't know if this will help but I am sending you positive thoughts and prayers your way.

  • When I feel a panic attack coming on, I focus on my breathing, I will take a deep breath in and slowly exhale and keep going until my body begins to relax. I also remind myself that I am not in any danger and that this moment is temporary and will pass. Sometimes I cannot stop my panic attacks but this technique has definitely helped me out in many situations.

  • Thanks everybody, I truly appreciate the responses.

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