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Panic attack - not good, help me distract myself?

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    Started with a bout of sore palpitations (felt heart pounding through chest into head and felt sore/heavy in chest) when I stood up to get a drink, now I am shaky, sweaty (sorry), hot, twitchy etc and unable to sit still, am holding onto edge of sofa with white knuckles ... What to do? Am withdrawing slowly off meds which is helping side effects but withdrawal is tough, phoning GP tommorow but what should I do for tonight? Looking for any help distracting me from it - this is the third time today things have felt panicky
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    I'm not an expert but why don't you listen to some music you like? bake a cake even?! :ahee:
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    hey , don't worry, i'm not an expert but this is advise that may help.

    1.keep sitting on the sofa, take deep long breaths, keep breathing in.... breathing out... and stay sitting on the sofa.

    2 . when you have the strength to get up, go get a glass of water and sip the cool water that may help you.

    3 .then get a cloth and wet it and place it on your forehead and just lie on the sofa, you need to get your body temperature down asap.

    4. keep taking deep breathes and drinking plenty of water


    repeat all these steps for however long it takes you to get your body temperature down and your breathing steady
    oh and if you have a friend who you can phone who can sit next to you and listen to your fears then phone them now

    hope this helps
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    Do something you are familiar with

    any favorite movies? Music? TV shows?

    nothing scary mind, just a nice chilled out film, a chick flick perhaps...
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    Cake is a good idea actually although running severely short in terms of ingredients and time I think, that and I think my mum will flip if I attack the kitchen just now .. however might try that tommorow, need to go get butter from shop first. Music is a good idea
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    (Original post by daisydaffodil)
    Started with a bout of sore palpitations (felt heart pounding through chest into head and felt sore/heavy in chest) when I stood up to get a drink, now I am shaky, sweaty (sorry), hot, twitchy etc and unable to sit still, am holding onto edge of sofa with white knuckles ... What to do? Am withdrawing slowly off meds which is helping side effects but withdrawal is tough, phoning GP tommorow but what should I do for tonight? Looking for any help distracting me from it - this is the third time today things have felt panicky
    You could try paradoxical intention. I think I first read about it in 'Man's search for meaning' by Viktor E Frankl. For people struggling to sleep, he recommended trying to stay awake as long as possible. Instead of trying to avoid a panic attack, try to bring one on.

    How long have you had panic attacks for?
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    (Original post by advent2)
    You could try paradoxical intention. I think I first read about it in 'Man's search for meaning' by Viktor E Frankl. For people struggling to sleep, he recommended trying to stay awake as long as possible. Instead of trying to avoid a panic attack, try to bring one on.
    I've tried that, it worked once but made it a hell of lot worse another time.

    If you've been taught any breathing exercises repeat those; the one I always fall back on is breath in for 2, 4, 6, 8 and out for 2, 4, 6, 8, 10. Surround yourself with safe things, blankets, books, cups of tea, plush toys etc. *brain fails*

    Hope you're doing okay

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