Almost had a panic attack this afternoon

@NJChicaa (25912)
United States
February 29, 2016 4:47pm CST
I am under the care of a doctor for anxiety and panic disorder. I take medication each day for my anxiety and am happy to report that I haven't had a panic attack in a year. Panic attacks are just awful and make you think that you are having a heart attack and dying. It is crazy. This afternoon I started getting the ingredients ready for a new recipe that I was making for dinner when all of a sudden it hit me. . . the feeling of anxiousness and teariness, the heart racing and pounding, and I was about to find myself in the middle of a panic attack. Luckily I was able to recognize what was happening and calm myself down before things got out of control. I have to thank my medication for that because it kept me calm enough to calm myself down if that makes any sense. . . I don't know what the heck caused the panic attack because I certainly wasn't stressed about cooking. I love cooking. I certainly hope that these things aren't returning because it has been a lovely year without them. I don't miss suddenly feeling like I'm about to die while I'm in the middle of work. We shall see what's up.
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@amadeo (43553)
• United States
29 Feb 16
I heard about this.This happen to my friend of mine.He thought he was having an heart attack.Went in the ER took test and turned out yes,he had an panic attack.
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@NJChicaa (25912)
• United States
1 Mar 16
It really does feel like you are about to die. Last year I was having them several times a week which is what made me finally go see a psychiatrist. He adjusted my anxiety medication and I haven't had any since. . . until today.
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@TheHorse (49884)
• Pleasant Hill, California
31 Mar 16
@NJChicaa Are they prescribing SSRIs? Or benzodiazepines? Or something else?
@Telynor (1117)
• United States
29 Feb 16
I had a panic attack the other day, when I was watching a video on FB. It really nailed me, as I hadn't had one for a while. I finally turned off the vid as it was really too much.
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@NJChicaa (25912)
• United States
29 Feb 16
yeah this was out of nowhere and luckily I was able to recognize what was happening.
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@Telynor (1117)
• United States
29 Feb 16
@NJChicaa Those are the worst. I use deep breathing and focusing on something other than what triggered me -- sometime it works sometimes it doesn't.
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@JudyEv (91779)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Mar 16
That's sounds a difficult condition to control although obviously you can 'help yourself' to a degree. Will you mention it to your doctor?
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@NJChicaa (25912)
• United States
1 Mar 16
Yes I'll tell the doctor but I don't see him for 3 more months.
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@dodo19 (27061)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
29 Feb 16
Panic attacks are really not pleasant. I have had a few. But I'm glad that you were able to calm yourself down.
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@NJChicaa (25912)
• United States
29 Feb 16
thanks! I am too. Panic attacks suck.
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@jstory07 (55743)
• Roseburg, Oregon
29 Feb 16
That was great that you are doing ok now.
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@NJChicaa (25912)
• United States
29 Feb 16
Thanks. I was happy that I was able to pull myself out of it.
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@TheHorse (49884)
• Pleasant Hill, California
31 Mar 16
Do you have meds to take when you feel one coming on (a benzo like Valium or Xanax)?
@NJChicaa (25912)
• United States
31 Mar 16
yes I have Xanax in my purse for those types of situations.
@alchemistrx (2592)
• Philippines
1 Mar 16
Panic attacks is very rare in depressed patients. It is always have to do with anxiety.
@TheHorse (49884)
• Pleasant Hill, California
31 Mar 16
I thank that anxiety and depression may be more related than many people think.