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ANyone else have panic attacks?

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I never used to have panic attacks but since we moved and just the stress of life I find myself having what I call mini panic attakcs I just become overwelmed and feel like my heart is going to pop out of my chest and just feel paniced. I did talk to my doctor about it and basically was told unless it gets really bad to just more or less deal with it, but it feels like it is getting worse. Just wondering if anyone else ever feels like this?
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Oh, I'm very glad to hear that you are going to seek a second opinion. Good for you!!! :D :hugz:
I hope you find a good doctor-especially one who will most importantly listen to you and your concerns.Anxiety can be very hard, it has been too much a part of my life.A second opinion sounds like a very good idea,warm thoughts your way.

My panic attacks started last December. The first one I had I thought I was having a heart attack. My doctor is wonderful and when I explained my symptoms she knew right away what it was. She did give me a precription for Ativan, 10 pills no refills, she explained it's non-addictive and she usually takes one when she has to fly because she becomes so nervous.

I have never taken one, just having the pills with me has helped me, I feel like I have some control. They are not easy to get through, but I tell myself if the attack gets too bad I can take one and it will stop. My panic attacks have involved a heavy chest feeling, rapid heart beat, numbness in my hands and an overwhelming feeling that I'm losing control or won't be able to get home.

Kimberlina - I was so interested to read that you have your attacks in the car. That's where mine happen. I wish I knew why. It got to the point where I was getting afraid to take our car to town. They have subsided the past few months and I've only had one mild one recently.

Mommy2many - :hugz: I hope you find a doctor that will help you. Panic attacks are very real and very frightening not just something you can deal with. I know having the understanding and support of my doctor really helped me.
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I have had them for years, and like Kimbery the car induces the attacks. So do large crowds and the inlaws (they're a whole 'nother thread). I was on medication for that and my other issues (OCD, bipolar, and other personality disorders, etc) I was so much more able to control the overwhelming panic that i had and was able to function much better. Unfortunately I cannot afford to continue the med, so i have had to go it with only therapy. I know i need to get back on meds but until i can get insurance that will help that cost, i have to wait. as soon as i can afford it, you bet i will be back on meds.

I can count probably 5 x a week where i am having an attack. but i have learned some coping mechanisms. They aren't 100% but like i said, it'll have to be ok until i get on meds.

I must say i found real diamonds when i found my therapists. they are wonderful (one recently moved to another state and she brought me to a new therapist). I am comfortable with them and really have gained alot through going to them.
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i'm a big panic attack sufferer. i was finally put on medicine about 6 yrs ago & i haven't had one since then. panic attacks are so scary, especially when you are home alone with your kids. i'm still currently taking medince on a daily basis, and i probably always will take it. this disorder runs in my family bigtime. panic attacks are very hereditary. you work yourself up to the point you think youa re having a heart attack. i tried w.o medication & i had no success. some people just have them so bad the only thing to help them is medication.
I use to get them really BAD! I started taking meds (anit-depressants) 10.5 yrs ago and havnt had one since...I wish you lots of luck.
I started having panic attacks the night I brought my oldest daughter home from the hospital! There have been times I've had several a day. I noticed that mine were the worst *after* a stressful situation or crisis. I haven't had one in a couple of years now. (((Hugs))) to you...they are so scary!
I have experienced a few my first was at the age of 17. A bunch of us kids were in a resturant and we were laughing, you know the kind, gut wrenching laughing. My heart started racing and I could not breath not in or out. I felt as if someone was squeasing my heart and would not let go. All the waitress could say was drink some water, drink some water. They all thought I was choking.

My second attack came years later. Dh and I were arguing over what to buy the girls for Christmas. We had just left the store and were driving on the highway. It was the same as the first. I have had a few since then usually when under a lot of stress, such as when I bought my house or when my father was dying. But not always, like the first one I have them when I am really excited too. They always come on when I don't expect them. I do not take any meds for them nor do I have them on a regular basis.

What I can do when I have them is to mentally make myself breathe and calm myself down. I figure the worse that can happen is that I will pass out some day and by the time I come out of it hopefully it will be over.

P.S. I have never had them while driving myself. If I did I might seriously consider the meds.
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