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  • After a Panic Attack

    For those of you who, like me, experience panic attacks at least once a month, please help! I PROMISE this is not spam. I'm looking into helping those of us who suffer with panic attacks. I'm conducting research study as part of a course requirement for my clinical psychology PhD program at Alliant International University, Los Angeles. My study has been designed to assess anxiety, and the relationship between panic attacks and any residual/lingering symptoms or impairment immediately after the panic attack itself has abated (referred to as “post-attack symptoms”). It's like the fatigue, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, etc. that continues after the panic attack has ended. Nobody seems to have the answers for it, and I decided to look for the answers. I truly hope to bring about awareness of the fact that there is more to panic attacks than the attack itself...there are the lingering symptoms! Your participation is completely anonymous and confidential, and you could enter for a chance to win a $50 debit gift card! Please click on the link below to be directed to my survey.
  • Anbody else suffer from hypochondria aka health anxiety?

  • Anxiety attack during sex?

    Till a few days ago I didn't had this situation. I wasn't up for sex but my boyfriend was for it and I felt it like some kind of pressure. During it I had something like deja vu, in my toughs it all looked like some nasty situation. So I started to freak out and he stopped. Could this be anxiety attack?
  • Anyone have any trick for how to stop overthinking? It's causing me to have really bad anxiety.

    In the past week I've been over-thinking even the smallest situations.
  • Do you all....?

    I had something weird happen to me. Today was a very stressful day. I was yelled at in traffic for a very rude man, the traffic itself was horrible and difficult to deal with. I had two run ins with very rude shop keepers. I mean, the drivers were awful! I would feel myself start to get panicky, but I made it through and was able to keep it all under control. Then I got home and my throat started hurting and feeling tight, thus I worried about that...I kept telling myself it was just the anxiety, but you happens. Well, I decided to go get some comic books and this lady at the comic store mistook me as someone who worked there, I decided to help her anyway, but she was a really chatty lady and I had comics waiting at the front, so that was irritating to me. Then I got home and my kitten was being so bad again and I was having to scold her while I was trying to eat and that annoys me. My head was also hurting, probably from stress now that I think about it, which was causing me MORE stress... I tell you all of that to get to kind of add background info for when I get to my question. So, anyway, I'm sitting there, trying to eat and I just want to cry. So, I did. And I kept crying and kept crying and it started to scare me. And what happens when we get scared when we have anxiety and are all alone? We start to snowball. So, I went from crying to full on sobbing to worrying that I was going crazy. To me, I had handled everything, why was I still sad? Why did I want to cry? For me at the moment it felt out of nowhere and it made me feel like I was going crazy. Which, of course, brought up even more bad self-talk. I went and got my sister, paced around, and talked. She said that what probably happened was that all the stuff that had happened all day had probably just stressed me out. She was with me when it all happened in the day and she said it made her stressed too. Looking back on the day, I can see when I would be stressed. My question is do you all experience this? What do you do about it? How do I let things go? I don't want to carry around the stress from the jerk who yelled at me in traffic, or the bitchy shopkeep. I want to just let it go and let it not bother me. I feel like the MAJORITY of my anxiety and panic attacks are related to the fact I can't let things go and calm down. Even if I'm physically calm, mentally I apparently hold on to it. Any advice on how to let that all go? I have gotten so good at being able to calm the attacks, but I need advice and help on this part now. I feel like it is the second part to my recovery process.
  • Does anyone experience tetany during panic attacks?

    I have had agoraphobia and panic attacks since I was 4 or 5. I am 19 now. I struggled for a while last year when I couldn't even leave the house but got on Lexapro and was able to go to college far away and feel a lot better. I have had less panic attacks now that time has passed but today, while driving, I had a random panic attack that I think was triggered by caffeine and high heart rate. My lower chest has a ton of pressure, pins and needles consumed my body, and my hands and, for the first time, my face muscles contorted (pucker-like) and my eyes became squinty. I could not move. It was scary because I was driving and was basically immobile. I knew this wasn't a heart attack because I have had the pins and needles/hand muscle spasms before, due to lack of proper breathing from panic. I talked myself down a little and was able to get home. 2 hours have passed and I still am sore and a little numb. I am nervous because I am flying for the first time in a while to D.C from Los Angeles and I am terrified this will happen on the plane. Does anyone have a similar experience? What do you take on a plane to calm down? Do you have anything that helps you distract yourself? Thank you.
  • Fear of public transportation and long journeys?

    I suffer from fear of public transportation, i.e busses, coaches, taxi's, trains, aeroplanes, and long journeys, and I was wondering if anyone else here suffers similar experiences from what I am about to write from bellow: I don't know how or why it started but I sure remember when. One of my ex girlfriends and i had a long distance relationship. We lived about four hours away from each other and we would both take it in turns to take the train to one another's houses and stay for a while. I was I think 14/15 years of age and had been suffering from severe depression and severe anxiety since I will say the age of 11 as that was when I was first officially diagnosed although I have always been an anxious person. Anyway, this one day it was my turn to take the train up to hers and for a while now the anxiety had been building on these journeys every time, and on this particular day something felt different, shall I say. I had boarded on to the train and I could see my Dad standing on the platform outside of my window and I suddenly just went berserk. I shouted through the window to my Dad, "I can't do this", and suddenly desperately needed the toilet and was hyperventilating, pouring with sweat, shaking uncontrolably, and I couldn't even talk! After i had been to the toilet about 10 times, I had been throwing up blood and blood was coming out from my behind also and suddenly everything went dark. I later woke up on the floor of the carriage of the train by the ticket guy and he called for help and I was taken off at the next station. I was so embarrassed and ashamed, I had to call my dad who luckily had not left the station after i had shouted to him "I can't do this" and came to get me straight away. I had to be taken to the hospital and get checked over etc, all to discover that I had IBS..? When I was a kid and would go on school trips, I never wanted to, i was too afraid but I was still made to go, and i would always throw up - embarrassing and shameful yet again for me and I would experience levels of anxiety but not to the level of the story up above. After that experience on the train, I tried going on to a bus. I had paid for my seat and the bus was about to set off, and I suddenly ran off the bus shouting to the driver to open the doors and let me off. And once again I was very embarrassed and ashamed. I had also tried to go on long journeys in the car back to my hometown, London, UK, Bournemouth where my auntie and cousin live, and other long journeys but that also got too much for me to bear. Every time I got anxious I would suddenly need the toilet without warning and would have to get my Dad or whoever was driving to pull over immediately in fear that I would soil myself. And now, at the age of 22, I still suffer from this. Even when I'm not going on a journey, as soon as I become anxious, I need the toilet immediately. My friends don't know about this at all, only my current girlfriend and my parents do. So when my friends ask me to go on a journey with them somewhere, I have to make up an excuse and lie to them. I hate having to do that. It has happened a lot when being in the car with my girlfriend going on a journey somewhere. Twice I have been in tears in the car because I thought I was about to soil myself. In my personal opinion of myself, and no one else, i feel that as a 22 year old man, I should not be suffering with this. I constantly tell myself "you know, you're not a kid, you're a grown man so start acting like one", and all other kinds of things. I am my own worst enemy at times, I do self sabotage a lot. I actually can't believe i'm writing this for all to see, but I need to know that I'm not alone and need any advice anyone can give me.
  • Hi everyone! I was wondering some coping mechanisms for panic attacks. I have to go off my meds for over a week and It's already giving me a panic attack just thinking about the panic attacks I might have while I'm off the meds.

    Hi everyone! I was wondering some coping mechanisms for panic attacks. I have to go off my meds for over a week and It's already giving me a panic attack just thinking about the panic attacks I might have while I'm off the meds.
  • How do I sleep with anxiety?

    I have so much trouble falling asleep for my anxiety becomes overwhelming and I am unable to relax enough to fall asleep. The smallest of sounds shake me and when I feel myself drifting off I fret and bolt upright and panic. I don't want to take medication for this, I have a health condition that prohibits me from taking such medications.
  • I have a fb group on the benefits of marijuana for healing but so many of my older fbf's are getting anxiety after using it like in their coffee etc.. why the anxiety and what can they do to combat it?

  • I'm stuck

    Lately I've been feeling stuck, like I'm not improving. I'm not getting worse either. But it seems like I've been doing better. But I'm not sure if it's because I am getting better and the working on myself is actually doing something. Or I'm only feeling like I'm doing better because the main trigger for my anxiety and depression is momentarily gone. I just don't know what to do. The working on myself is expressing my emotions and feelings more, and trying to reach out to my friends. I've been figuring out what Happens during an attack and what helps. I know myself pretty well in that area. But I want to be able to do more then just coping with it. I want it to get less. I only have no idea how
  • If your anxiety is linked to night time, how do you deal with it?

  • Is this a panic/anxiety attack?

    I'm not exactly sure if I do have anxiety, but the symptoms I am having are ones that others seem to also experience (with anxiety). I was so scared today.
    I was in the toilet because I felt liable to break at any point and I didn't want anyone to see.
    I was drowning in bad, repetitive thoughts. They wouldn't get out of my head. It was like a thousand eternal screams all at once, different, clashing tones, never ceasing. I found myself banging my head on the door trying to make it go away.
    Then I had to sit down. I almost fell. Everything was spinning. I suddenly realised how quickly I was breathing. The walls of the toilet cubicle suddenly seemed like they were falling in on me. Everything kept swirling, I wasn't sure whether I was upside down or not, I could feel my chest rising and falling so fast.
    Eventually it seemed to calm down. It stopped spinning. The walls went back to normal. I was still breathing fast. I'm scared. Is this what an anxiety attack feels like?
  • Looking for a group/place to discuss issues, solutions, and GAD. Anyone else?

  • please help me

    I have not been able to leave my house for almost 6 months now. I cannot push myself to go. My parents have to force me in the car and I have only left a total of 3 times (all 3 times I was forced). Every time I get in the car to go somewhere, I get halfway down my street, start panicking and go home. I can't even get to the end of my neighborhood without panicking. I am tired of living like this. I am tired of feeling helpless and worthless. When I panic, I feel nauseous and its so incredibly uncomfortable. How do I get over this? Please help me. I am open to any and all advice.
  • Please help! What antidepressant would help best for Anxiety and panic attacks?

    Please help! What antidepressant would help best for Anxiety and panic attacks? I a taking lexapro and klonopin 1mg 3x a day but Lexapro is not helping at all. it seems to make my anxiety worst.
  • Presentation anxiety

    Hi, I have a presentation to give next week in front of around 25 people. I am totally paralysed with fear that I am going to mess up/ not even be able to speak due to nerves. I have avoided presentations in the past, and now my fear is only worse! I do not know how to go about this, I would be immensely grateful for some advice. Thank you! Tash
  • What color would you be?

    If you were a chameleons, and when they are in danger and have high anxiety, what color would you be? I tagged it as sex......I don't know if anyone ever used that tag.....hehehehehhehe
  • what does an anxiety attack feel like?

    Yesterday I felt like I was having a heart attack at work, I was not able to breath and I freaked out. I had to go to the hospital. They run all possible test on my including and MRI but they found nothing. The doc suggested it was a panic attack. was it?


we are a community of people struggling with mental health issues, you are not alone!



We are a community of people struggling with mental health issues, you are not alone!