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Does anyone else mentally beat themselves up during a panic attack?

When I get panic attacks, I will sometimes completely tear myself apart. I will beat myself up for things I had gotten over, anywhere from a month ago to several years ago. These feelings come back when I have a panic attack as though I had done nothing to resolve my feelings.

For example, about a month ago I had to tell a friend that he needs to stop flirting with me because I have a boyfriend, and he was hurt by it but he understood. I've forgiven myself for hurting my friend and when I don't have anxiety, I hardly think of it. However, this past week I've been getting panic attacks for no reason. During these panic attacks, my mind races and I go back and think of all the bad things I've done and beat myself up about them, and I make myself feel like a horrible person. When I'm not feeling anxious, I know this is a silly thing to do, and I know I am not a bad person and shouldn't feel bad about these things, but it's difficult to maintain that thought when I'm in the middle of a panic attack. Does anyone else get this way? It would be reassuring to know that I'm not alone in feeling this way.
Category: Agoraphobia 9 years ago
Asked 9 years ago

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Always. I get angry with myself for having a panic attack at first. Then I get angry that I can't control it because I know what it is, so I should be able to do something about it. I talk to myself very sternly during a panic attack, calling myself stupid and everything. Then I hate myself because I know I can't help having a panic attack. The way I get over it is just to accept what is happening to me. That way I can distract myself and finally stop the attack. I honestly find that talking to myself out loud helps bring me down from a panic attack. Try just telling yourself that you're ok, you know what it is and it'll go in a minute rather than telling yourself it's stupid. That's what I'm trying and it seems to be working.
Answered 9 years ago

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