Have you ever had a panic attack? Poll.Watch
Vote in the poll for whether you have ever had a panic attack or not and post any advice you might have on how to deal with them in this thread. The first time I had one I didn't even know what was going on so I think it is really useful to share your experiences with others and increase awareness of what the warning signs are of an oncoming attack, why they are triggered and how they can be dealt with!
Nowadays I have different techniques for dealing with panic attacks. I've done a Mindfullness course which was very helpful and let me cope with the feeling of stress that I got when being in a room with a lot of people for extended periods of time. I also did CBT which helped me to ignore the feelings I get when in that situation.
I haven't had a panic attack now for over 9 months (crosses fingers) so I feel like these things have improved my situation somewhat. Hopefully things will slowly improve over time and I'll be less and less likely to have them.
I got over PD with the help of my mum and partner. I wasn't keen on taking medication for it and the waiting lists were too long for therapy and I wanted to make a change soon. It was hard but I got there in the end I still get panic attacks here and there but I can get rid of them almost instantly now and I'm no longer housebound or held back, in fact I'm barely in now and I'm at uni. My mum and gran both suffered from PD so I wasn't surprised I got it but I was surprised I developed it during a time in life when things were going good and I wasn't stressed or anything.
My tips are reading up about the biology part of panic attacks. I'm a biology student and that helped me. One of my fears was fainting during an attack but I know its physically impossible to as fainting is caused by low BP and you have everything but low BP during a panic attack! Also when you have an attack, don't try and fight it off, just accept it and let it do its worse. This for me was the hardest thing to learn. I knew it couldn't harm me but it was still weird trying not to fight it off. Fighting it off makes you more anxious and makes it last longer but if you just accept it, it gets bored and leaves. Also talk to someone whether its a friend, a doc etc. Talking really does help. A trip to your GP is good too. I refused medication as I wanted to beat it on my own and not have to rely on medication as I saw what my mum was like. She has tried to stop her anxiety meds many times and the panics she gets when she stops are terrible. I wanted to learn the techniques to bring myself out of an attack. Meds can be the answer for some people though so its worth talking to the doctor about any treatments available. I mainly went to the doc to rule out other conditions as things like undiagnosed diabetes can cause panic attacks but I got the all clear for everything.
I get a rapid heart rate, and get extremely hot and red, and start sweating. Then, if it elevates I feel like my head is going to explode, i'm going to piss/**** myself (It doesn't actually happen, but I feel THAT out of control of my body), and my chest physically contracts and I can't breathe properly.
Usually happens in situations I can't physically escape from, like a lecture room, and if any attention is put onto me or there is any danger of that happening.. I.e. having to make a contribution to a discussion
I'd be one of those having them in silence. I can't remember when they first began but I instantly knew they were panic attacks and was able to ignore them. That was about 6 years ago. Now I'm in therapy for depression and physical anxiety (no conscious mental component) and my CBT therapist thinks I've trained my brain to 'dissociate' itself during an attack. So now I have physical anxiety with zero idea why. That's as far as we've gotten.