Anxietty attacks???

HonkeyLips

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Mods, I would really appreciate if you could kick this off into it's own thread.

I don't post much (needless to say, needless to say) but read a lot and I really need to find some info/advice or hear from anyone else who has had "anxiety attacks"...?

I'm 29 years old, male, and Thu. afternoon I'm leaving the restaurant I had lunch at on my walk back to my truck I start getting light-headed, dizzy and my heart starts racing a little. Kind of weird but just thought I was getting sick or something.... it gets a little worse, now my legs are a little wobbly and I'm short on breath. WTF? I think..food poisoning? I get to my truck and sit down roll down the windows and take some deep breathes. It doesn't go away, I call work to tell them I'm not returning and am going home, won't be in tomorrow (Fri) either.

About 10 min. into my drive home it finally goes away and just leaves me a little dizzy.

Fri. morning I wake up and feel normal. I make an appt to see my Doc anyway, I get an 11:20. So 11:00 I leave my house and as SOON as I hit the on-ramp to the freeway.... HO..Ly..SHIT!! It was like yesterday times 10. I thought I was dying. Couldn't breathe, shaking, un-controllable balling. I was fighting not blacking out. I thought I was having a heart attack.

I take the next exit and call 911. I ended up in the ER of the hospital where they told me it was anxiety attacks I was experiencing, but nobody would really give me any info about them. Just kept telling me to "See a mental health dr. at your regular clinic on Mon."

So I'm basically scared as shit right now. I finally got up the nerve to leave the house and go get some groceries today, all was well till I'm at the check-out and wouldn't you know I got a fucking 'nother one. The fact that I knew what it was helped me deal with it this time. I made it out to my truck without making a scene and remembered what one somewhat friendly person at the ER told me, 'slow down your breathing and stay in a quiet dark area.' I rode it out in my truck and made it back home but FUCK, what is this shit?!?!

I'm pretty confused and fucking scared right now and Mon. morning to see a psych. is feeling like a looong ways away.

Sorry so long, but someone please tell me they've been there? Advice?

Thx for the vent
 

JimsInfectedEye

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I've been there, almost housebound.

I'm pretty much cured without medication. It can happen.
 

THE FEZ MAN

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smoke more weed
 

stellarcomics

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I can tell you honestly that I've recently had very bad panic attacks that coincided with some very stressful happenings at work last year. I thought I was having a heart attack as well. I was very overweight (I still am, but I've lost about 50 lbs since last year).
I saw a therapist who helped me figure out the work/stress thing and my doctor has helped me lose weight. I started exercising more regularly and the panic attacks have almost disappeared. I still get very mild attacks every now and then, but they are not nearly as bad as before. I would suggest you try exercise and change your diet before you get anything prescribed. It's much easier on your body to figure out how to manage anxiety naturally instead of taking drugs.
 

LBF

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Time to call Billy Crystal.






In all seriousness, go see a doctor of some sort. I used to get them all the time, too. I was also able to kick them without medication. The counselor/specialist guy I went to gave me some exercises (deep breathing, etc) that helped me get through the attacks.
 

Glenn Dandy

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FUCK DOCTORS!


I fell pray to this shit when I was about 18... I think its guilt and media based.


theres absolutlky nothing wrong with you... but you feel that there should be.. cancer stories... everyone has a story of a guy getting dead.

I was 18- 20 i couldnt take ten stepps into a mall without passing almost out... my friends holding me up.

Went to the doc...did every test imaginable..

so i go there and say... OK so what am I dieing of?

Nothing... you are as healthy as a horse.... your heads fucking with you the doc said.

next day....... i was cured... by nothing more than a professional telling me I was being a jackass.


I still have panic attacks... but I just say... yo stupid your fine stop being a retard. Thats the cure.


I do have moments of low blood sugar they are the real deal... check your sugar bro.
 

HonkeyLips

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I would suggest you try exercise and change your diet before you get anything prescribed. It's much easier on your body to figure out how to manage anxiety naturally instead of taking drugs.
I'm actually pretty close to my ideal weight and in the best shape i've been in in awhile so it's probably solely the stress. I suppose I have been going through a lot of shit lately.
 

HonkeyLips

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Glenn Dandy;2117019 I do have moments of low blood sugar they are the real deal... check your sugar bro.[/QUOTE said:
I actually had my blood sugar checked for the first time while in the hospital they said it was perfect.
 

Glenn Dandy

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I'm actually pretty close to my ideal weight and in the best shape i've been in in awhile so it's probably solely the stress. I suppose I have been going through a lot of shit lately.
Listen to the president... trust me...your being a dork... man up.


I know its scary.. but its just your head fuckin with you,.
 

HonkeyLips

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Listen to the president... trust me...your being a dork... man up.


I know its scary.. but its just your head fuckin with you,.
I hear ya, sir.

All I know is I don't ever want to feel the way I felt yesterday again...ever.
 

Glenn Dandy

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Tell your brain its not gonna fuck with you. your in charge brother.


i been through this.


When your scared it amplifies.... just to heady.

Its sillyness tell yourself that.


aint nothin wrong with you.
 

Mafialife Chris

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Tell your brain its not gonna fuck with you. your in charge brother.


i been through this.


When your scared it amplifies.... just to heady.

Its sillyness tell yourself that.


aint nothin wrong with you.
Your a good man Glenn. I enjoy your posts.
No homo.
 

Glenn Dandy

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Your a good man Glenn. I enjoy your posts.
No homo.
Yeah, I would be your friend n all but I saw Gooodfellas.,


P.S blood sugar is normal usualy if you are like me..... opposite of diabetic...
I neeed sugar... next time you feel freaky ask yourself what you have eaten... I was at my chics a few nights ago I started shaking and freakin out... I ate candy and was cool in like 15 minutes.
 

Mafialife Chris

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Yeah, I would be your friend n all but I saw Gooodfellas.,
But i can only hurt you on the internet, and only in a fake pretend sorta way, i sware!


P.S blood sugar is normal usualy if you are like me..... opposite of diabetic...
I neeed sugar... next time you feel freaky ask yourself what you have eaten... I was at my chics a few nights ago I started shaking and freakin out... I ate candy and was cool in like 15 minutes.
In real life, i do suffer from these, and i handle them the same way as Glenn, after 7 years of couceling figuring out where they stem from. Breathing/thinking excersizes usually work for me.

And masterbation!
 

Glenn Dandy

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Im English I'll just pick up NFP and take you out.


Yeah man it,s your brain... It's an awsome tool in alot of ways.
 

greensnacks

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The doctor is going to ask a lot of questions.

Do you feel stressed out?
What's changed recently?
Wife and kids?
Do you use drugs? what do you use?
Do you drink? How much?
Are you getting enough sleep?
Are you worried about money/finances?
Past physical/mental abuse?

I had assumed it was one thing that was causing the attacks and that a single drug would fix it. For me, it was a combination of a lot of things and it was something I had to fix. I was abusing drugs, drinking, failing college, sleeping 4 hours a night and crashing hard on the weekends, little money, rent due and poor job performance. No over-the-counter drug was going to fix me.

The psychologist wanted me to pee in a cup and attend group meetings. I lied to the shrink and never saw him again. The questions being asked were enough for ME to deal with MY situation. I stopped smoking pot / drinking, got my 8 hours of sleep, brought my grades up and kicked-ass at work. I'm doing well for myself these days and anxiety is a distant memory.

The attacks came and went for about a month for me. There is a lot of truth in what Gleen Daddy said - "Tell your brain its not gonna fuck with you. your in charge brother."

Most importantly, figure out what's causing them and deal with the situation(s). Reducing daily stress and saying "who cares?" or "i don't give a fuck" can help.

Some things I think about ...

- Children in Israel don't know if they are going to safely make it to school each day, because a towel headed, bearded nut is going to gun them down.

- Parents can't dine or shop in some parts of the world, because they fear some suicide bomber might detonate themselves in the market square.

- Soldiers wake up, not knowing if they see the sun set.

- I don't have flies drinking my boogers like those starving africans.

No matter how bad life is for some, mine isn't so bad. "Who cares? I don't give a shit."

Talk to the doctor. This is temporary and it will get better.
 

stellarcomics

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I'm actually pretty close to my ideal weight and in the best shape i've been in in awhile so it's probably solely the stress. I suppose I have been going through a lot of shit lately.
Even if you're in good shape, regular exercise is a great way for the body to lose built-up tension. Sex is also great for stress relief (if you don't have a wife or GF, find a hooker! :) )
 

sued

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It is normal to start to get anxiety about getting anxiety attacks. You can make yourslef crazy worrying if it going to happen again and when. Dont let it happen. Keep in mind that you can live through it, however unpleasant it is and you will be fine.

Then try to figure out what the hell you are secretly worried about. Think Tony Soprano/Dr Melfi talks. Honestly...

I have had to deal with anxiety issues my whole life. I didnt get diagnosed until I was an adult though and most of my childhood was built around anixety. I know how you feel.

As everyone has suggested exercise, meditate sex, burn off excess energy -great ideas too.

However, what worked for me was keeping myself from worrying about the anxiety in my head. Just knowing it was in my head, all the physical effects started in my head, somehow helps me stay calmer.

This might never happen to you again. Dont let it worry you into an anxiety attack.

Feel good!
 

YaHearIHearMe

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I went for 3 years with it thinking I will get better on my own. Those years I look back at them and those are my WASTED years.

Go to the doctor before it gets worse.
Everyone is different some get better on there own and some dont... Ya got some time to waste I had 3 years to, yeah right.
 

WhiskeyWhispers

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I went for 3 years with it thinking I will get better on my own. Those years I look back at them and those are my WASTED years.

Go to the doctor before it gets worse.
Everyone is different some get better on there own and some dont... Ya got some time to waste I had 3 years to, yeah right.
QFT.

I am one of those people that can psyche themselves out of having panic attacks, but I know a lot of people who just can't.

I have lived with depressed, anxiety-riddled people my whole life, and I have one magic word for you:

Xanax

That shit works wonders, go to your doctor and get some. There's no reason to suffer needlessly.
 

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Tell your brain its not gonna fuck with you. your in charge brother.


i been through this.


When your scared it amplifies.... just to heady.

Its sillyness tell yourself that.


aint nothin wrong with you.
QFT :clap:

I suffered from this shit for about 5 years. So bad that I couldn't even leave the house for about 4 months when I was 19. Drugs are shit, don't go that route unless you really feel desperate and need something to level you off. However you still always need to get to the root of the issue so no matter how many drugs you take whatever demon is screaming at you making you like this is still there under the surface. I thought for years that something was always wrong with me and I kept going back to the doctor and he kept telling me I was fine. Once I realized it was nothing more than stress and panic attacks I was able to beat it finally. Like Glenn said you need to convince yourself that nothing is wrong with you and you are in control at all times.
 

sued

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I hadnt understood Glenn's post...(sorry babe) but I totally agree with him. This is not the "Easy" way to deal with anxiety by any means and it does require you sort of having a apiphany about controling I DO think there are some people who need meds to help and I have been that person a few times. But I never wanted to take medication on a regular basis for my personal reasons (nothing worth explaining). I am not anti-med. I just believe you should try to control your own body before you go on medication.
 

thelord68

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It can't hurt to go see a professional. You'll either find someone who can help you get a handle on the problem, or you'll realize that you already have the tools to deal with it yourself. Everyone is different.

As other people have posted and from personal experience, anxiety attacks and depression can lead you into a vicious cycle of being unable to deal with the external factors that are causing them. So medication may be the way to go even if it is for the short term.

If you do go see a professional, remember that they themselves are different from each other. The fit between patient and doctor has to be right as well. You need to be able to talk to this person, so if you don't feel comfortable, let them know and they can refer you to someone else. This is very common and you won't be insulting the doctor.