I had a severe panic attack yesterday, caused from stress I know. What is the best way to deal with this when it happens? My b/p went up and so did my heart rate. I take meds as you all know, but I can't grab a med bottle when this happens if I have already taken my meds. Von-1
I am so sorry Von, what I do when I am alone and have taken my meds is breath into a paper bag (not for too long though, I do not know if it is the best thing but it is the quickest)... it does work for me.
I know it feels like you are having a heart attack, in that case, just to be safe , have your husband take you to the Hospital or Call 911, safety always comes first in my books.
I, from experience, have ended in the Er, they are awful... I empathize with you my dear friend.-
Have a terrific weekend Von,
I think maso is right as far as safety, once you know it isn't a heart problem when I use to have them I had horrific panic episodes, I had thoughts run though my mind I would think for sure I was going to drop dead on the spot, or even back then just thought I would loose my mind, it was extremely having those in teen years where you would be embarrased to think of someone your age seeing such an episode.
I went to therapy which helped me a lot, I know what works for one person doesn't always do so for another person, once the panic would come I began to realize how much control I lost and it was like being able to see the pieces of the puzzle fit together like a puzzle, when I had enough therapy I could begin to see one of the biggest elements is the fear an individual experiences, then you start giving in more and more and finally nothing seems to make sense you are literally scared to death, I had panic in the days when Librium (was pre-Xanax days) was used, 25mg I could have 1 caps 4 times daily, I finally worked myself down to 10mg. twice a day, I think that I kept foremost in my mind two is all I can have now, I would flatten out on the floor and visualize everything I felt negative turning into a positive, and I think with time and positive re-enforcement that I was able to move forward, Now I rarely have them my Internist who's subspeciality is pain management prescribes Xanax that can be taken 4 times a day but I limit myself to NO more than 1 to 11/2 at most, I saw one person become addicted and another who had taken enough until it just wouldn't work any longer so I think knowing I have more than I would if I took them as directed (it's possibly a mind thing knowing that its here) but I also realize with as much abuse as goes on with drugs such as those and the lower dose of pain medicine I have to take because of having polio and it causing neuromuscular damage that I don't want to be in a position for it to become necessary for my physician to have concerns about prescribing these for me. as I said truthfully as long as what you do works and helps you over the battle with it then I am just giving you an example of how that I have tried to overcome one of the most difficult problems that I think any person can face, I would not only give my best wishes but my congradulation to those who have found another way and for those who struggle my heart goes out to you and it is my sincere hope that you do steadily improve and overcome. best wishes,
Slow, deep controlled breaths can help. Take a deep slow breath in through your nose and out through your mouth. Count 3-5 seconds for each inhale and exhale if you need to so you can control and not breathe too quickly. Remember that panic starts the fight or flight cycle so slowing your breathing will help you to ground yourself. Also remember progressive relaxation and guided imagery we were taught in school. I find that the breathing and progressive relaxation work best for me. At times I do use imagery and imagine myself on the beach or in a quiet forest and describe to myself all the sights, sounds and smells. This helps me to calm myself and also helps reduce my stress levels. I use these on nights I find it difficult to sleep too.
hey Von-1, I have done the breathing in the bag trick and it usually works. maso gave you the first thing to do. I try to recognize the very first signs I am about to have 1 and start the slow steady breathing too. I get sort of a disconnnected from real life feeling. I can't remember if it was community member Psyched or jk13 who gave a very detailed account of what exactly happens with one, but it entailed how any sense can become stronger and your heart races, too much oxygen, extreme paranoia, sweaty palms, numbness, they all add up and make you feel that you are dying/or have died and just haven't fallen down yet. You could try pq'ing both of them to ask them if you would like the exact transcript. It was 1 of those 2 tho. Did you get your hormones checked, imbalanced hormone increase the severity and frequency of panic attacks. Be sure to sit or lie down when it first starts happening. Luv ya, pattishan
I have panic attacks anytime I have to leave the house. I just feel like I'm shaking from the inside out and it's visible which is embarassing. I start panicing 2 days prior to my appointments. I take my medication to help me with my nerves an hour before I leave just so I can put my make-up on and get dressed which was picked out 2 days earlier. If I have a strong attack I'll ask my husband to hold my hand and let me ramble on about anything though if I feel dizzy or I'm having trouble focusing, I'll let him walk me out to my car and let him finish shopping. I even go to grociery shopping on rare occasions at 4:00 am so I don't have all those people around me. Sometimes I'll go to the ladies room, check my face while I give myself a pep talk. You are just going to have to try different things to see if they work for you. My thoughts will be with you. Peggylee
Awh hiya V,
My friend i'm so sorry you had an attack yesterday,i'm late with my replys tonight,i hope you are ok.
I know how rotten the panic attacks are,but just try to breath slowly,deep breathes in and out,and the paper bag works aswel,i know its easier said when you are not having one but do try hun,try not to get stressed,i know AGAIN its easier said but you need to take things easy!! Lots a hugs x
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