All the responses are appreciated, and I'll get back to a few more. Shortnsweet, your advice is really excellent and is an important reference for anyone dealing with this sort of thing. I'll need to go back and read it all over a few times to really think about it.
Thread: Anxiety Attacks
02-03-2010, 11:39 PM #11
02-04-2010, 12:18 AM #12
Klonopin is practically my best friend. I forgot it today and probably appeared like a meth junkie.
I haven't had a panic attack recently, but I have had a few. Mostly at college. I sucked at college. Anyway, I'd get them in the parking lot. Once it almost felt like I had a stroke, or what is described as such. Now that I'm not doing much I feel like I'm near my edge. I develop quirks. It kind of sucks. I wonder what pills I'll be taking when I get older.
Anyway, Klonopin helped....
02-04-2010, 01:05 AM #13
You need to get checked out to know whether or not you are truly having anxiety attacks. For a long time I was told that I was having anxiety attacks, but I later discovered that I was having tachycardia-like symptoms due to untreated and unmanaged hypoglycemia.
Which just further solidifies my opinion that 90% of doctors are useless at diagnosing their patients unless the symptoms are dancing a little jig with bells on, but that's for another thread.
Point is, there are other health issues that can look very much like an anxiety attack. If this only happens when you're sleeping, I'm sure there's a reason for it. Your body releases all manner of chemicals when going in to sleep mode. Do a bit of research on your own and talk to a doctor about your symptoms.
02-04-2010, 07:28 AM #14
Sorry to hear you are going through this, I hope it gets at least partly sorted out soon.
I don't think I've ever had a proper anxiety attack but I have a flying phobia so have felt close to it on a few occasions. CBT and breathing exercises helped somewhat, though I have to see how things go in the long term.Female
Enneagram 6w5 sp/sx
02-04-2010, 07:52 AM #15
In terms of practical physical things, cutting out caffeine and sugar has helped me a lot. I can get anxiety triggered *just* from eating too much sugar in one sitting. Also, going for long walks is my way of 'meditating'. I zone out, let my brain just wander as I walk while on autopilot. I wouldn't necessarily recommend this, but sometimes salt or salty foods can calm me down a bit as well.
In terms of the underneath the radar and feeling safe enough to work through it, that's something I'm living at the moment. As far as I can tell, anxiety is repressed emotion for me, which interestingly you've also mentioned:
One thing that I've very recently started doing is getting a back rub from new guy. He reads me accurately and knows when I'm starting to drift away mentally. I feel safe with him. The back rubs are simultaneously calming and grounding. The grounding is what lets me tune into whatever's going on. The brain seems to then throw up images of whatever historical emotional flotsam is causing the anxiety. Sometimes I just deal with it internally or sometimes I'll mention it to him.
Yesterday I had severe anxiety, triggered by an impending real estate agent inspection of my apartment. The history of it is terror of being judged, due to terror of my mother growing up. I ended up struggling with it all evening and was crippled by it at various stages. However, concious rationalism helped a bit. Staying focused on the fact that this was just anxiety and a trigger from the past helped with staying somewhat objective and slightly detached from the anxiety. Self-soothing, such as 'you're safe now' and 'there's really nothing to worry about, you're not gonna get evicted just cos you haven't cleaned the place perfectly' etc helped dampen down the anxiety at times and allowed me enough mobility to finish cleaning my place.
Buddhist mindfulness may be helpful for you. Non-judgemental labelling of the internal emotional state can turn down the volume of trigger reactions.
Best of luck with this, Toonia. Anxiety is unpleasant in the extreme....so much smoke pouring out of each chromosome.
02-04-2010, 08:15 AM #16
Anxiety/panic attacks are seriously awful, you feel like you're dying. I was put on Diazepam for them a few months back, but had to be taken off because they're apparently quite highly addictive. I'm always getting anxiety, but the actual anxiety ATTACKS I haven't had since I took them. To be honest, I can't give any real advice, because all I do is just...live with it. But I offer my empathy, because I totally understand. I hope they go away for you.INFP~ 4w5 ~ sx/sp ~ IEI ~ Libra
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02-04-2010, 08:45 AM #18
I took klonopin, xanax, and valium recreationally for a bit, but in doses much higher than people take for anxiety. The klondike bars were my favorite.
But they definitely work, although I've never had a panic attack before. In large doses I was practically an ESTP, one with no short-term memory.
Some doctors put people on anti-depressants for anxiety, which I don't think is quite right. But if SSRIs are the only thing that work, that's alright. But they have more side-effects than anti-anxiety meds in regular doses.
02-04-2010, 09:30 AM #19
I don't think I have attacks. I don't if one can have anxiety attacks per se. I believe they are supposed to be called panic attacks if they reach that stage.
On many occasions I feel like I've gotten close though. I have a really high base level of anxiety, and sometimes when several demands overlap, I get very high-strung and I think I approach panic. I don't have the issue of waking up at night feeling panicked so much, but I do have a hard time getting to sleep or staying asleep due to general anxiety.
I'm not sure what you can do about it. In my position, I still find it pretty plausible to attribute my anxiety to things that are going on in my life, so I'm choosing to attempt practical solutions to my sources of stress, instead of taking meds.Go to sleep, iguana.
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02-04-2010, 10:35 AM #20
I had the opposite problem. Taken into hospital with suspected heart problems (due to family history) which was simply an anxiety attack. I used to get them more as a child (seldom as an adult), blacking out, freaking out - but interestingly re above I was also hypoglycemic.
My only solution has been to try to manage my stress levels.
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