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    Just like moments ago, I get all worked up. I drove myself to insanity over fear that shouldn't have any reason to exist and I scared myself into a state of crying which lead to my ever so welcomed, throwing up moment.

    In my anxiety attack, (I don't know if thats really a real thing, it's just what I relate it to) I cry, this can be for literally a second or 5 hours, and I know it's an anxiety related cry because I will be sick. If I'm not then it's probably just emotions. The worst part about it all, most times I feel better after throwing up, I hate that. Why should my issues mould me into a state of discomfort just to be satisfied?

    Anyway, I was wondering how others react and how they manage to make them feel better.

    Anyone who has anxiety and feels alone, scared, ect. Feel free to message me, I am always happy to try and help. Also, read 'The Perks Of Being a Wallflower' I am watching the DVD right now, and I feel so much better. It's about a boy, Charlie, who has anxiety - it's just amazing.
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    I LOVE the perks of being a wallflower - not read the book but i've seen the movie. I wept like a baby, that movie seriously changed my view of life.

    In an actual anxiety attack I panic, cry, walk around frantically wanting to die, lie on the floor, shake, feel nauseous, etc. I used to get them alot when I thought I was going to be sick (i have emetophobia) but haven't actually had one in a long time - thank goodness. (probably because I haven't felt nauseous lately)
    I know what you mean about them sometimes lasting hours - it may not be an actual anxiety attack but you can definitely feel the build up to it. sometimes it takes hours before it reaches a peak.
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    Mine are different all the time. Depending on the severity, mine can range from just palpitations/difficulty breathing to nausea, choking/neck tightening sort of feeling, feeling like I'm going to puke, shaking, etc. Crying also occurs, usually it's uncontrollble but sometimes I force myself to cry because it seems like the only that'll help.

    My triggers for the attacks are usually related to school (exam season brings hell on earth for me), but the more popular trigger is my chronic feeling of loneliness -- I'm terrified of growing old alone and that everyone I care about will end up leaving me. It's probably an irrational fear but it's affected me for years.
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    My attacks are very unusual. I used to experience shaking and shortness of breath. However, since turning 18 I've developed anxiety disorder and now my attacks are very specific. I have chest pains and dizzy spells. Along with terrible nausea. I'm on medication called propanolol. It's a beta blocker and works by stopping the affects of adrenaline in your body. You'll still have the mental thoughts but none of the physical effects. It's also prescribed to people with stage fight. I take my propanolol and then do something distracting. I've found things like painting, watching an interesting film or even a sudoku puzzle to be effective. Above all, do not fear being triggered. Try to continue your life and if they do get to you - take some time, some deep breathes and remind yourself it's not life threatening (despite how much you might feel like you're dying). Breathing from your diaphragm helps calm your body. I usually place one hand on my stomach and the other on my chest and focus on only making my lower hand move. It's also helpful in taking my mind off of my panic attack.
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    (Original post by KirstBarlow)
    Just like moments ago, I get all worked up. I drove myself to insanity over fear that shouldn't have any reason to exist and I scared myself into a state of crying which lead to my ever so welcomed, throwing up moment.

    In my anxiety attack, (I don't know if thats really a real thing, it's just what I relate it to) I cry, this can be for literally a second or 5 hours, and I know it's an anxiety related cry because I will be sick. If I'm not then it's probably just emotions. The worst part about it all, most times I feel better after throwing up, I hate that. Why should my issues mould me into a state of discomfort just to be satisfied?

    Anyway, I was wondering how others react and how they manage to make them feel better.

    Anyone who has anxiety and feels alone, scared, ect. Feel free to message me, I am always happy to try and help. Also, read 'The Perks Of Being a Wallflower' I am watching the DVD right now, and I feel so much better. It's about a boy, Charlie, who has anxiety - it's just amazing.
    Mine range from tight chest, feeling like I am going crazy, dizziness, nausea, short shallow breathing, grinding my teeth, to just being very uncomfortable but bearable. I have been working on it with CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) which I would really recommend to anyone with depression or anxiety. There is this online CBT thing called MoodGym which is very helpful too.
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    I'm not sure if I've ever had a proper/full anxiety attack, but my anxiety is normally provoked by social situations. So I don't really cry or throw up, but I just shake like hell, feel sick, tight chest and racing heart etc. The only times I cry is when it's triggered by a fight/tension, and that will make me really really breathless and I'll hardly be able to breathe.

    I actually find it quite hard to do anything about the physical symptoms since the I don't really know how to control my most common ones like shaking or a tight chest. Sometimes it helps to just repeat a phrase in your head or out loud, so you have something to focus on and make your breathing more regular. If I can, I'll listen to music and will repeat all the lyrics in my head. It can depend on the person, but it helps me to talk to someone (not about what I'm feeling, but just a general conversation so I have something to focus on).
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    (Original post by Nutella:3)
    I LOVE the perks of being a wallflower - not read the book but i've seen the movie. I wept like a baby, that movie seriously changed my view of life.

    In an actual anxiety attack I panic, cry, walk around frantically wanting to die, lie on the floor, shake, feel nauseous, etc. I used to get them alot when I thought I was going to be sick (i have emetophobia) but haven't actually had one in a long time - thank goodness. (probably because I haven't felt nauseous lately)
    I know what you mean about them sometimes lasting hours - it may not be an actual anxiety attack but you can definitely feel the build up to it. sometimes it takes hours before it reaches a peak.
    hey i also suffer from emetophobia, panic attacks are bad for it dont you think, because it makes you nauseous so you then panic even more, vicious circle as they say in CBT. panic attacks are awful though.

    to the OP

    deep breathing is the key i think, focus on a candle and pretend you are trying to make it flicker and not go out and breath deeply though your nose and out through your mouth but make sure you dont let the imaginary candle go out so just do it slowly and softly and keep doing it until you start to feel better. deep breathing when you feel anxiet building is good.

    and to be honest if its disrupting your life a lot beta blockers are a good idea, at least they were for me, so i suggest going to your doctor about it if its really bad.
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    Thank you to everyone one who has replied.
    For me, surely, I feel so alone in an anxiety attack so to be able to look back and see you guys being open is amazing.
    Counselling never seems to work with me but I shall definitely look into bet blockers if exam season gets to me too much. Thank you for all advice! X


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    I don't really know how to deal with it when it happens. I only have anxiety attacks when I'm around other people. I try and isolate myself and I eventually calm down.

    I tend to start feeling out of breath. My heart rate increases. Feel shaky and weak. My vision goes blurry. I also dry heave. That is the worst part.

    Therapy doesn't work for me. I have tried three different therapists and their advice doesn't work. I don't know how to get over it.
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    (Original post by NathanW18)
    I don't really know how to deal with it when it happens. I only have anxiety attacks when I'm around other people. I try and isolate myself and I eventually calm down.

    I tend to start feeling out of breath. My heart rate increases. Feel shaky and weak. My vision goes blurry. I also dry heave. That is the worst part.

    Therapy doesn't work for me. I have tried three different therapists and their advice doesn't work. I don't know how to get over it.
    What do you mean by therapists? Like counsellors?

    If you haven't already, I advise seeing a psychologist. Cognitive behavioural therapy should really help you. It has helped me.
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    Out of interest, do people with anxiety attacks see a GP? If yes, do they help? Do they test your seratonin levels to see if you are deficient? Are they useless?
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    (Original post by CRIKEY12)
    Out of interest, do people with anxiety attacks see a GP? If yes, do they help? Do they test your seratonin levels to see if you are deficient? Are they useless?
    you can see the GP for anxiety attacks, im not sure about checking hormones but they will give you something to help with the anxiety if its bad enough. i would say they were very helpful, i was having panic attacks everyday until i got beta blockers that stopped them, after taking them for a while the panic attacks lessened without the beta blockers.
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    (Original post by Gummibaerchen)
    What do you mean by therapists? Like counsellors?

    If you haven't already, I advise seeing a psychologist. Cognitive behavioural therapy should really help you. It has helped me.
    Yes. I've been to three different CBT specialists and they haven't helped me.

    I guess a psychologist is the next step.

    What has helped the most are the meds. They're not helping as much as I thought, though.
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    (Original post by NathanW18)
    Yes. I've been to three different CBT specialists and they haven't helped me.

    I guess a psychologist is the next step.

    What has helped the most are the meds. They're not helping as much as I thought, though.
    good luck for the future!
    At least you're getting a little relief from meds though.
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    (Original post by Gummibaerchen)
    good luck for the future!
    At least you're getting a little relief from meds though.
    Thanks. You, too.

    Yeah. I probably shouldn't complain, because I don't suffer from daily attacks like I used to. It's still difficult to deal with. Mainly because I can't isolate myself as much as I used to.
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    (Original post by NathanW18)
    Thanks. You, too.

    Yeah. I probably shouldn't complain, because I don't suffer from daily attacks like I used to. It's still difficult to deal with. Mainly because I can't isolate myself as much as I used to.
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    I'm annoy to rant & need advice - feel free to ignore me.

    So, basic info you need is I love English more than anything & when I got my first job (retail and that was in September, I'm now 17, was 16 when I got the job) I started to get bad anxiety for 2 weeks. Crying, ect. I got over that - thank god. And I went back to being 'ok' - worrying loads but able to deal with it and no anxiety attacks.
    Now, Monday, I got 1 mark away from a C in my mock exam for English & it's crushed me. I hate it & I am really worried about the exam that is 6 weeks away. The same day, Monday, I had an interview for a new job (don't like my old job cause I can't stand getting buses - they send me into a slight anxiety attack) so the new job I can walk to - I walk everywhere and love it.
    However, ever since Monday I've had anxiety attacks and can't get rid of a scared feeling. I got the new job and I'm now waiting till I get a start date and end my old job but I am just all up in the air with my emotions and I don't know what to do. I've talked to my mum about English and I think she knows I'm a bit on edge about the job even though one on my closest friends work there so I won't be overlay alone. I don't know why but I'm just scared & I'm even more scared these feelings won't go away.


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    Exercise helps me a whole bunch when i'm going through stressful patches, releases a whole load of feel good hormones.
    I can honestly say i wouldn't be here without it.
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    I am trying to work out if what I keep having is an anxiety attack.
    I feel like I can't breath. A bit shaky. Like I could be sick. But it's mostly the feeling like I can't breath.
    I am getting quite worked up over a potential change of job at the moment, so been more stressed lately. Do you think it's an anxiety attack that I am having? Any advice on what I can do to calm myself down?
 
 
 
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