What's the difference between claustrophobia and Panic Attack?

Philippines
February 13, 2007 2:07am CST
I couldn't breathe last night. I was gasping for more air but I still couldn't calm down. I was like a caged tiger wandering back and forth, restless and angry. I broke into small beads of sweat. All the windows were close and the lights turned off. I feel like the world is closing down on me. I was waiting for dawn. I want to get out. I fell asleep in exhaustion. I don't know what it is, but it's real.
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@ash2_hot (224)
• India
13 Feb 07
Panic attacks can happen due to any cirumstances which gets you excited and can happen any time any where. Claustrophobia happens when you are in confined spaces like a lift or some place small. In your case you were in your bedroom with open windows. So chances are that its not claustrophobia. It doesnt seem like panic attack as there was nothing to trigger it. I t could be more like an anxiety attack. Better get medical help and diagnose it as soon as possible. Take care.
• Philippines
14 Feb 07
the windows were closed and the lights turned off. Maybe you're right. It could be an anxiety attack. I should consult the doctor quick. THanks.
• United States
13 Feb 07
I had a minor spell with panic attacks. Mine was caused by consuming to much caffiene during my FAVORITE time or the month. You can try limited your consumption of caffiene and try drinking chamomile tea. The biggest thing that help me, is knowing that ANXIETY is based on fear. Once you realize anxiety is a state of mind and will only intensify if you choose to let it. Panic attacks can be stopped as easily as they start once you realize this. For example: When driving some one cuts you off and nearly cause you to crash....it's a rush, your heart beats faster, your mind is racing, etc.(anxiety)once you realize you are ok, you start to relax. The trick is to convince yourself you are OK which you are. But what's happening is you have convinced yourself something is wrong. I would recommend seeing a doctor but make sure you do the research first. My doctor was quick to recommend prozac. I refused. I wanted an explaination and a cure, not a quick fix. I haven't had an aniety attack in over 10years.
• Philippines
14 Feb 07
Probably it was an anxiety attack. I was thinking about some bitter and humialiating memories. it got clogged up and I wasn't able to clear my head. You're right, I should think I'm OK. I used to have this box in the back of my mind, but it just went closed and I couldn't make a retreat.
@fabwisp (1328)
13 Feb 07
I would suggest seeking medical advice. Especially if this happens often. Claustrophobia is the fear of confined spaces which can bring on a panic attack. Panic attacks give you sweats, fear, heart palpatations etc. It sounds like you may have experienced a mixture of the two. But only a doctor can diagnose you properly. There is medication that can help you if it is common thing you suffer from.
• Philippines
13 Feb 07
thanks for the piece of advice. It helped a lot.