Do you have panick attacks?

United States
December 3, 2006 7:16pm CST
Do you have panick attacks and if so, what triggers them? What are your coping methods as well?
8 responses
• United States
4 Dec 06
I dont have panic attacks myself (that I know of) but my mom has them alot. She usually has them when im going on a road trip as im the only child and doesnt want anything to happen to me.. When we are about to do something big that is "life changing" in her eyes, she gets them.. She breaths in and out, she talks to herself to calm down. To someone who doesnt have these, it looks crazy.
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@nancygibson (3738)
• France
4 Dec 06
I get panic attacks on and off, and mostly its confrontational situations at work that trigger them. My immediate reaction is to try to run and hide, but of course that isnt a good method at all. These days, every time I get a negative thought I try to balance it with a positive one, and I am working steadily to getting to a position where I don't have to continue in full time employment and can start working for myself more. Its a slow journey thoug, the biggest problem with panic attacks is that often they seem irrational, I find I have to try to be kind to myself and allow myself time to rest, have a bath or go for a walk, just time to myself. I think trying to live up to what we feel are other peoples expectations is often the bigest problem.
• United States
4 Dec 06
you are absolutely correct!!! my attacks seem to get worse the more I don't confront my fears or uncomfortable situations. also, just thinking i might have an attack can lead me to one, so i have to avoid thinking about that as well.
@lucy02 (5017)
• United States
4 Dec 06
I don't know. I have a panicky feeling sometimes when i am driving in heavy traffic in a city I am not familiar with, esp. on a freeway. My brother has panic attacks or at least he did. He is on medication now that prevents it. I take lexapro for depression and I'm not bothered with it either.
• United States
4 Dec 06
That panicky feeling is the start of a panic attack, it's more of a feeling of anxiety than an actual attack though.
• United States
4 Dec 06
I do have them, and most of the time absolutely nothing will trigger them. I could just be sitting here and BAM. Other times something will set them off, either I'll be thinking about something (like getting on a plane this week) and suddenly I cant breathe and my heart is racing a mile a minute. Most of the time I am able to calm myself down and deal with it, other times it takes a while. Normally a nice quiet room or something to take my mind off what started the attack in the first place helps. =)
• United States
4 Dec 06
Ugh, that's the crazy thing with me too, I can be doing absolutely nothing and I start to pass out. I hate it. It seems like regular diet and exercise helps me reduce how many panick attacks I get. I also try to keep my head from thinking of irrational ideas that cuz my panick.
• Egypt
13 Dec 06
No, I HAVE NOT ANY PANIC ATTACKS AT ALL.
@kgwat70 (13398)
• United States
4 Dec 06
I have had a panic attack in the past and I was at work at the time. Constantly listening to people yell and complain on the phone caused mine and being verbally threatened had something to do with it as wel. I will take a break and go for a short walk or go outside and get some fresh air to help calm me down.
@kucedra (841)
• Italy
4 Dec 06
No, I have never had panic attacks. Have a good time! Bye, bye...:)
• United States
4 Dec 06
wow, do i ever, and they have been getting worse over the years...yes for years ive been having them.im 39 and it used to be i would just get this hot feeling over me and slowly but surely i would be in a sweat with my head in the fridge or touching the cold tile with my arms and evrything i could ....bent over the toilet of course,,,ive had to have my b/f pull over before, we;ve had to leave friends house, and the worst was last year when there was not shaking it it seemed...i thought i was gonna die, kept telling my family to keep talking to me, telling my kids i loved them and not knowing why i was fading out......anxiety is what they called it when the ambulance got me there......wonder what most people take, i have lorazepam...good luck