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I just got the second worst panic attack of my life. I was thinking of how odd I felt, then when I got in the subway station, the heights and the what if’s got to me. My head felt so spacey and weird. So I’m focusing on it, already anxious. I was and am SO sleepy. I’m not sure why.. but I’m scared.

So I get off the train and my vision got distorted (blurry, issues focusing) and I realized I was hyperventilating. I had to sit down. Legit thought I was gonna faint. Made it outside, vision was distorted so I freaked out and had to sit. The more I thought the more I freaked out. So I took an Uber 3 minutes to work. I felt so weak (mentally) :(

Got to work and ate - I’m sitting and it’s amazing how nobody can tell when you’re like this. I want to cry and wish I was home. I need to seriously keep going!!! I go home tomorrow. I can do this!!! I cannot let the agoraphobia win.

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You have the right attitude despite the feelings you’re experiencing x you’re braver than you think x

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Hidden in reply to kickit

I hope so :( god I’m at my desk thinking, “I want a hug!!!”

kickit
kickit in reply to Hidden

Have a virtual hug from me if it helps 🤗 think of your favourite colour and imagine that as a bubble round you, that’s your protection x

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Hidden in reply to kickit

Aw thank you two so much!!!!

Laniben
Laniben in reply to Hidden

from me too 🤗🤗 x

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Hidden in reply to Laniben

❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️!!

Agora1
Agora1 in reply to Hidden

Breathe in Unicorn and exhale slow and long.

Exhaling is what will calm you down, reduce the

adrenaline, clear you head and bring you back

to the present moment. You are safe.

I'm throwing in a hug for good measure. :) xx

Feel better x

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Don’t know what I’d do without you guys. I find I am hardly breathing and definitely not breathing deep when people tell me to breathe.

Agora1
Agora1 in reply to Hidden

Unicorn we are always here for each other. You are going to

be okay. You are not alone. We are just a message away. xx

Oh no you too? 😔 someone else had on here had one earlier as well ..... I felt scared too, but you weren’t indoors either ☹️ It’s exhausting. How are you

Now? xx

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Hidden in reply to Laniben

It’s soooo exhausting!! So sorry you had one :( God, they are awful. I’m calming down. I feel foggy now and just wanna sleep. Ugh :( can’t believe I have 7 more hours of work to go.

Laniben
Laniben in reply to Hidden

Oh no ☹️ Im not sure whats worse, being at work or outside when they happen, or indoors alone

(which is my problem) Either way theyre horrible!

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They are horrible :( You start to associate the panic with the places you’re in. I think being inside at home is the worst cuz your safe space becomes a scary place!!!

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How are you??

Laniben
Laniben in reply to Hidden

Sort of ok, on edge at the moment, thinking what i can do to take my mind away from it. I dont know whether to walk to the corner shopmor stay put

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Walk to the corner shop if you feel ok. It’ll fight the panic. God I wish I was there so we could walk together!!!

Laniben
Laniben in reply to Hidden

Me too x

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Let me know how your day continues!

Laniben
Laniben in reply to Hidden

Ok, you too ❤️

The best BESTthing I have learned to do is remind yourself that the feeling WILL pass. You will not be this way forever (forever is a very long time). I have panic attacks at completely random times (sitting in my room, sitting in class, at work). UsuAlly I go numb. I go in the bathroom and breathe, and tell myself it’s all in my head. It takes practice so be patient I promise you can do it! You are not alone. And yes you can do this!! It’s crazy how strong our brains are when we really put them to the test

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You’re right.. the vision thing is what really freaks me out when it’s bad. Ugh! Not really sure how to get rid of pressure when that happens :-(

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blue-angel1001 in reply to Hidden

I know what you mean, make sure you get enough sleep before going to work. I’m always more on edge when I’m tired! There are also many techniques to calm down the nervous system you could try 4-4-6 breathing

Count to 4 while inhaling, hold for 4, and exhale for 6

It helps me a lot

You are doing really well. Do not let it defeat you, it is only a paper 🐅

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Thank you so much ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

I have felt the same way and actually passed out. My doctor made me increase my salt intake because I get heart palpitations before passing out. But I am also on the smallest dose of effexor and it really helps for panic and anxiety. Problem is I had to start out smaller than the smallest dose by counting pellets. I am a chemist and figured out how much each pone weighed and worked up to 33 mgs. My doctors know this and are ok because I am very sensitive to meds. Try to deter your thoughts to good ones. What is happening is your vagus nerve is what causes you to feel like and actually pass out. Do some research on things to help calm your vagus s nerve. Good luck and dont let this control you.

Debbie

You are strong! Look at you , you are there and you didn't go home even if you wanted to. I've mentioned this before in this forum, but I will again. That I've listened to Thomas Hall's anxiety and depression meditation on YouTube. Ive listened to him enough that now when I start to get anxious I automatically hear in my head," You are a strong person, you are a relaxed person, you are a calm person, you've got this." While saying this over and over take in a deep breath and exhale visualizing yourself letting go of the panic or anxiety. You are in control, not your anxiety.

im sending u a big fat hug.u can get through this i no u can and i belive in u x

Hello, Hidden, this sounds exactly like what I’ve experienced as recently as today! Please know that you’re not alone; that you are going to be JUST FINE (the fact that you’re here writing about it testified to that fact!), so don’t fret too much.

You wrote, “I was thinking of how odd I felt...then the heights of the whys and what ifs got to me...” This is exactly how the attacks begin for me: the whys and what-ifs (whatever the topic) begin to pinball through my head, and trying to force myself to stop only accelerates it. Today, the thinking began to pinball but thank God I was able to remain calm. Sometimes just audibly telling yourself, “just relax, you’ll get thru the discomfort” (or something like that) helps steady you. That’s what helped me today.

Anyway, I hope this helps somewhat. Just be patient : you’re going to get through this!

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