I went to walmart was there maybe 20 minutes went into a full blown panic attack and left the cart and ran out to my car. I'm on valium for 9 months not helping the anxiety or panic. Tried to call my shrink and had to leave a message. I came home and just broke down and cried. What is wrong with me? I feel like I'm losing my mind and my next appt is dec 23rd. My stomach hurt so bad and I thought I was having a heart attack and I couldn't breath. I've recently separated 6 months ago, hurt my back at work 2 years ago and I'm living with a friend due to very little income. I feel like my life is fading away. I can't do anything. I'm scared to death to go back out. Any suggestions would help greatly.
I think you're going to have to develope some internal dialogue. When you have a panic attack, you are aware that is what it is, so you're going to have to reassure yourself you're not having a heart attack and you can breathe. You know those symptoms are from panic so maybe telling yourself that over and over will help. Walmart is scary this time of year no matter who you are. I do my best to stay away from it from thanksgiving to christmas. The crowds get to me.
Ashton I agree very much with krism. Sounds lots like you have been through alot and this does not help you do what Kris.said and at the same time check out your triggers like that store and a big croud,etc there are also simple things to try i went through this for years and most was caused by my breathing i would breath so fast and rapid i would get a full blown panic attack and we know its panic so when it happens do a body check you well not get a heart attack stomach could be cramping with the panic and breathing even room gets brighter at times find your targets and breath very slowly where you can see your stomach go out continue slow this always works for me what you are doing is the fight of flight meaning your not fighting the attack your runnning from it dear this is normal try it at a smaller store or go as soon as it opens and take some of your medication just before you go if your not getting any seditive effect...
I promise it does get better you have lots on your plate right now when you get any fluttering butterfly in stomach try the breathing like i said it did wonders for me..you must fight it. Chuck1957 hang in there dear keep fighting the symptoms i promise you well not fall have heart attack its all in your head and breathing playing games with you you are not going crazy cw
Walmart used to be a serious trigger for me as well, I think its the lighting and the tall ceilings.
Hang in there i'm living proof that panic attacks can be stopped. I haven't had one for 20 years and they were the WORST! I believe the doc have me zanax and Prozac to stop them and I read several books about them to better understand what they were. Knowledge is power. You might try calling someone while you're there for moral support and to take your mind off it. Also take your Meds right before you go.
Hi Ashton Jean,
I am a Christian and have gone through really bad major depressions and cancer as well. For me when I felt out of control I call on the Lord Jesus right away for help and he gives me comfort. Not always right away but he knows you completely and knows what you need all the time. Call up to him that should give you comfort. You need to believe he is helping when you call out to him. It is the best medicine for sure. God has made me a stronger person by letting me go through these hard times. I can do anything with the Lord. He is my life.
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