Anxiety Attacks & Panic Attacks

There is really no difference between anxiety attacks and panic attacks in the psychology profession and the two are treated as interchangeable terms that describe one and the same thing. Nevertheless, anxiety attacks may be thought of as being a milder version of panic attacks.

The main thing about an anxiety attack is that it occurs abruptly and causes the person to suffer extreme anxiety.

An anxiety attack that includes irrational feelings of panic, terror or fear may be considered a panic attack.

A definition of an anxiety attack would be that it is an acute bout of anxiety of intense nature and also results in the person feeling panicky.

There are a number of possible causes of an anxiety attack and these include panic attacks, panic disorders, panic disorders accompanied by agoraphobia, panic disorders not accompanied by agoraphobia as well as anxiety disorders.

There are certain risk factors that do not directly cause the attacks but are nevertheless associated in some way or the other. The presence of risk factors may make the occurrence of anxiety attacks more likely though they do not necessarily result in an anxiety attack.

Obtain a Diagnosis When You Spot Anxiety Attack Symptoms

There are certain signs as well as symptoms associated with anxiety attacks and these may be noticeable to the patient, the doctor or both. The signs and symptoms of an anxiety attack include anxiety, extreme anxiety, irrational anxiety, chest pain, difficulty in breathing and these signs and symptoms may vary from individual to individual.

It is fortuitous that there are many treatments available to effectively battle anxiety attacks and these include therapy relaxation techniques and, more importantly, the person should have a balanced and healthy lifestyle to help reduce anxiety and stay in complete control of ones own life.

Anybody who has been suffering intense anxiety or worry for at least six months or even more may be a victim of an anxiety disorder and this worry may interfere with their work, relationships as well as normal activities.

In such cases, the person ought to consult a doctor and obtain medications as well as obtain a diagnosis of the medical illness.

There are certain medical conditions that closely mimic or cause anxiety and there are also medications as well as substances which may induce anxiety in a person – so one should take care to be well informed and err on the side of caution.

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50 Comments to Anxiety Attacks

  1. robbie

    i feel anxious every morning when i arrive on the bus?

  2. Anxiety Attacks are brutal. I went through that nightmare for years before overcoming them.

    :)

    -B

  3. josh geese

    i had an anxiety attack recently on dec. 15 2007 and it was terrifying i started to feel like i was going crazy couldnt breaath trembling violentley i felt horrible for the next few days please help.

  4. carmel

    I HAD A VERY SERIOUS ATTACK ON THIS MORNNING 21/12/07 SHORTNESS OF BREATH, CHEST PAIN SHACKING OUT OF CONTROL, NAUSEAS AND PINS AND NEDDLES ALL OVER MY BODY.

    A FREIND CALLED 000 THEY THOUGHT THEY COULD CONTROL ME OVER THE PHONE 40MINS LATER I GOT ANOTHER ATTACK AS GOT UO TO GO TO THE GP, SHE CALLED AN AMBULANCE AND TOOK ME TO THE HOSPITAl, MY FRIEND SUFFERS FROM THE SAME PROBLEM AND GAVE ME ONE OF HER TABLETS WHICH LATER WORKED WHILE I WAS IN THE AMBULANCE, THIS WAS THE WORST EXPERIENCE I HAVE EVER HAD,CHILD BIRTH WAS EASIER.

    STRESS IS THE MAIN CAUSE, 4 KIDS AND A HUSBAND WHO IS HARDLEY HOME AND WHEN HE IS LITTLE HELP, HOW CAN I CANTROL IT NEXT TIME ? IHAVE NO IDEA.

  5. satish

    I am a psychological student, i want to know that
    can anyone die at the time of panic attack

  6. Satish, nobody can die from a panic attack.

  7. Madison

    I have had episodes of raging heartbeat, agonizing chest pain, shortness of breath, tunel vision, hot flashes and dizziness. These episodes are random and do not seem to have any common trigger.

    I am only 18 years old and have a small, so far non-intrusive ventricular septal defect. I am curious to see if these episodes are panic attacks or a worsenned problem with my heart.

  8. Kerry

    My boyfriend and I recently have got back from working on a 40m barge in France where my partner and the owners wife conflicted seriously. It was a very unhealthy work environment but we endured it, even though my partner started to feel like he was going crazy.

    He now sometimes feels the same way and can’t quite explain what he is feeling, but that he is changed and won’t be able to get back to normal. Is this an anxiety attack or something else, and what can he do to make these feelings disappear?

  9. jenny

    Kerry, this is a panic attact. He would no die from this but he is feelig that he will. try to get help for him ,this is a very bad feeling and gets worse.

  10. Linda

    I have two comments.

    For Kerry: I agree with Jenny — it sounds like an anxiety attack, and something similar has been happening to me, although my circumstances were different from your boyfriend. I say, “When in doubt, go to your doctor.” I only wish I knew what to tell you about making them stop. I believe that there are answers, and I am in the process of finding them as well. We’re all in this together!

    For Madison I would say the same. Of course, I am not sure about the non-intrusive ventricular septal defect you mentioned — I’m sure there’s nothing to lose by seeing your doctor. I know that it is not unheard of for people your age to have panic attacks (I had a school nurse tell me that she’s had junior-high aged kids have panic attacks as well). I’d never ever try to tell you what the problem is, but let it be known that there are people who care. It would be good to know how you’re doing at this time.

    Take care!

  11. Linda

    A question to “Carmel.” How are you doing?

  12. ROCHELLE BRIGHT

    i went thru an anxiety attact in last year october,i went to a funeral and a funny sent comes over me and i was so frighten,then i felt my body feelin different my foot feel num,my body get weak and my head start swelling as if am going to die then i start sreaming and getting out of control saying am going die and i was so afraid,fraid to go in the bathroom,afraid of hurses ans much more.so can anxiety cause you to die.

  13. No Rochelle, anxiety can’t cause you to die, it just feels that way.

  14. Angeleyes

    I think I might be having panic attacks. I’m not real sure. When I was younger I mixed Prozac and pot and had what I think was a panic attack.

    I felt dizzy, my heart was pounding, I felt like I had ants biting me all over, had goosebumps etc. I started having problems driving and having my stomach flip like I was on a roller coaster not long ago and tried taking Paxil and woke up in the middle of the night feeling the same way I did when the Prozac and pot were mixed.

    Now I’m having problems functioning in my every day activities and and terrified to take any meds even though I’m sure I’d feel better if I did.

    Help!???

  15. Ana

    I am 26 years, old and the day after my birthday I had a major Panic Attack that came from nowhere. THe heart palpitaion beating rapidly, the muscle tension with heat, the chest pain, sweating, trembling, nausea.

    I went to my doctors of course been diagnosed with anxiety/panic disorder. Since my first panic attack back in Feb. I haven’t been the same, everyday I live with anxiety symptons and everyday i feel like if I am dying. I have had another major panic attack. Every morning I wake up nausous and my hands and feet are sweating.

    I can’t fucntion, my ears feel constantly plugged I have severe chest pain. I am basically helpless. Can this really be anxiety this bad or can it be any other illness. Please help, and has anybody else ever expierenced it this bad like me. I also have many more symptons everyday but they are too many too list.

    Help Me, Please

  16. I started having anxiety Feb. of 2007. I felt like I was really losing my mind. Like I needed to be in a menatal institution, thoughts were racing out of control.

    I felt like I was not even real or the people around me were real. I was overcomed with the thought of life. Heart was pounding out of control. Felt like I could just disapear. I knew I was going to die. I was too scared to say anything to anyone therefor I just paced around going crazy in my mind.

    Scared to death. I want it all to go away. It is April and I still have them but not near as bad. I am trying to overcome. I need support.

  17. eman

    I’m 6 1/2 months pregant i having realy bad anxity and before i was prgant i was taking lexoprofor almost 3 months and i was feeling so much better then i found out i was pregant and stoped the medican the next day i was doing so good until now.

    I can’t control my anxity and i’m scared to take any mediction while im pregant and im scared of feeling like this still after i have the baby and not be able to take care or bond with the baby so plz tell me what i should do i have 2 kids right now and its hard to deal with them when im feeling like this.

    My brain just cant stop worrying and thinkin about everything i just feel so dead inside.

  18. carly

    i have been having panic attacks since 12 months ago. i also have severe stress and anxiety. this all started one night when my eustacian tube gave way and fluid entered my inner ear. this caused massive vertigo and blocked ears. my ears are almost constantly blocked.

    yesterday is started taking lexapro for the the first time. i ended up in hospital about an hour after taking it. it felt like my brain had snapped. i was having irrational thoughts, talking really fast, scattered and talking in voices.

    it was like it was a bad trip. is this normal? i had to be given valium to settle down my brain. since then i have had constant anxiety and verged on having a panic attack twice already.

    is there anything i can do. the bad expreriences ive had with with medication make me never want to take it again and i am constantly on edge and feeling like im going to die. im going out of my mind and its like i almost need to go to the psych ward for help

  19. cathy

    I’ve been having anxiety for prob about 8 months, in the morning I feel my breathing isnt right but it isnt real bad, I have changed jobs 3, I hate to say in the last few months, I get this overwhelming feeling all of a sudden, that I cant cope and think I cant do this anymore, amd break down crying, I just have to walk out and cant return to the job, its a vicious circle I’m a single mum, so need to work to pay the bills, so of course all this causes me more stress.

    I have a doctors appointment tomorrow, I’ve also suffered from depression most of my life, which is in my family, I’m aware my father ended up leaving his job as he couldnt cope, which ive always been scared of that I would end up the same, I need to hear that there is a way to cope with this, as like most we have to keep up with life, I’m scared I will lose the things i’m working for, which is to provide a home for my daughter, I feel I need to keep it together for her mainly, to provide for her.

  20. alice

    how long do these last having a real bad bad one has lasted for 2 hours shaking feeling like i’m gone to die i feel really wierd and scared more than any thing cant quit skaking or really trembling and i am scared i m going to get worse ?

  21. kammie

    Hello ,ive been dealing with aniety attacks for a while now and its bad.im having chest pains, burning, in chest,feeling as if im going to die,having crazy thoughts like dajaevu. I feel like everyone around me is going to get hurt,i havent seen my doc.yet but i plan on asap.Ive been looking for the lords help in getting me though like reading the bible and having my mom pray for everyday

  22. Dee

    Hello
    ive been diagnosed with chronic anxiety/depression which causes me to become a recluse… I cannot go into public places because the fear of people.I also suffer with eating disorders which I go through from one extreme to the other…

    Can my condition be directly related to a family issue, such as me having to side with one party to keep my position as a family member..my sister says so!

  23. Jay

    I started getting panic attacks on the eve of my grans funeral in 2002. I was in Bali when the attacks was on which has not helped me. I am no longer on medication which is great, family and friends have helped me through a few rough times. Panic Attacks are a horrible thing to deal with

  24. Patti

    Hi, I came across this page today and am really suprised how many people are dealing with what I am dealing with. I have had Anxiety/panic attacks for the last 8 weeks. I dont go one day with out some sort of anxiety. I did start seeing a therapist (cognitive therapy with no medication) and I was told it can just be genetics that cause the attacks. Meaning back in your genetic line, someone may have just passed the gene down to you.

  25. Estela D

    Yesterday i had a anxiety attack i haven’t had one in months all of a sudden it came back i was telling myself it’s going to go away and eventually did i just don’t want to start having those again it’s a terrible feeling i reduced my caffine intake maybe that will help.

  26. HELLO EVERYONE..

    I HAVE BEEN READING EVERYONES STORIES I CANT BELIEVE THAT SO MANY OF US ARE SUFFERING FROM THIS DISORDER..

    I HAD MY VERY 1ST ANXIETY/PANICK ATTACK ON MY BIRTHDAY. IT SEEMS LIKE IT ALL STARTED WHEN I COULD NOT FIND A OUTFIT TO WEAR MY FRIENDS WERE COMING UP FROM OUT OF TOWN.AND I SOME HOW PANICKED AND ENDED UP IN THE BED ALL DAY..

    I WENT TO THE EMERGENCY THE NEXT DAY AND NOTHING WAS DETECTED.I WENT HOME MY HEART WAS STILL RACING.

    I STARTED STARTED FEELING LIKE I WAS GOING TO ACTUALLY DIE TOO..TELLING EVERYONE I LOVED THEM AND I WAS PROUD OF THEM.

    I DIDNT KNOW WHAT WAS WRONG..BUT AFTER THAT EXPERIENCE I FELT SOMETHING WASNT RIGHT.THE (WHAT IF’S) STARTED,ASKING MYSELF WILL THIS HAPPEN TO ME AGAIN..

    AS THE MONTHS WENT ON TO ME IT GOT WORSE ENDED UP BACK AT THE ER 2 CAT SCANS THAT CAME BACK NORMAL..EKG’S, ECHO.OF THE HEART..

    EVERYTHING CAME BACK NORMAL..MY DR WANTED TO PUT ME ON SOMETHING BUT I FEEL LIKE SOME YOU GUYS I AM TO SCARED TO TAKE THE MEDS. MY SYMPTOMS HAVE GOTTEN ALITTLE WORSE I DO SOMETIMES WAKE UP HEART RACING..

    THEN THE THOUGHTS BUT I TRY TO BLOCK IT OUT…THE MOOD SWINGS ARE TRYING TO START..BUT TO ME ITS ALL IN THE MIND! I STARTED MAKING MYSELF LAUGH AND IT KIND OF WORKS..

    HAVING MORE CONVERSATION WITH INDIVIDUAL JUST TO CONVERSATE…

    SO I KIND OF FEEL ALITTLE BIT BETTER..I DO HAVE GOOD AND BAD DAYS…BUT ONE THING I CANT BELIEVE IS HOW YOUR MIND CAN PLAY TRICKS..ON YOUR LIFE..

    LACK OF CONCENTRATION..
    FOCUSING..
    ETC..

    EVERYONE HAS TO STAY STRONG AND KEEP BUSY DOING SOMETHING YOU ENJOY.

  27. amanda

    wow, what A relif finding this site, Im not alone, I have been feeling like im going out of my mind and no one understands.

    I have always been a huge worrier all my life, It usually goes like this ‘ If i aint got nothing to worry about, I worry about that.

    I had panic attacks as a child, im now 29 and i feel like im going mad.

    It all started 3 weeks ago, Was feeling run down and tired and my period was late so i did a test to see if I was pregnant, it was negative, that was fine, Infact it would have been fine either way. But then my thoughts got totally out of control, like what is wrong with me then, I must be seriously ill.

    I drove myself and my partner mad, I ended up doing a further 4 tests, hoping that I was pregnant just to put my mind at ease. I looked on relevent sites to find out causes of missed periods, lots of reasonable explanations came up like, stress, worry, etc. But I chose to ignor all of that and saw Brain Tumour.

    I had been feeling really dizzy with head aches and that was it i told myself I was dying.
    The next day I took my son to a play area I was sat down watching him play feeling relaxed for a change, then I bent down to get something and wend dizzy.

    That was it, I suddenly went really hot, my heart was pounding, i felt I couldnt breath, shaking and felt like everything was closing in on me. It was awful, After calming down I went to my family, and I had yet another attack, my mum called the doctor and he just reasured me that having a late period was normal. Two days later I got my period, And felt relived and rather silly.

    But The symptoms continued and started to get worse. Feeling sick, empty, dizzy spells, aches and pains, lack of concerntration, burning ears and a racing heart. I have lost count at each terrible Illness I have diagnosed myself with.

    Its been two week since and I just feel like I am going insane, Its taking over my life, affecting my relationship with my partner and I feel like im being a terrible mother.

    I want to see the doctor but im afraid he will just send me away.

    After I had my son I had postnatal depression and my doctor sent me to a self help class, it really did not work and Im afraid they will do it again.

    I just want to feel normal again

  28. kim

    hello there i thought i was alone i have been suffering wit anxiety attacks for 4 months now and im getting realy down from it has any body woke up in the morning with chest pains.

    and also does anybody have trouble sleeping at night i realy am greatful for any help any 1 has to offer me.

    i have had realy bad anxiety symptoms could anybody please help me thanks

  29. Rhoda moss

    i am 35years, just sitting at a computer gives me aniexty, over the past two weeks i have been under a lot of stress, i can”t get to sleep at night,my brain would be aware of my body slowing down to sleep i would wake up in a fright and garsp for air thinking my body is shutting down, dieing.

    Two nigths ago i stayed up to 3 am waiting for my partner to come home from work, i was having bad panic attacks, my heart was beating so fast i thought i was going to die. I asked my partner to watch me fall to sleep i was so scared for my life.

    That morning i went striaght the doctors knowing what i had,, i am off to get proffessional help and on some meds to help me sleep Ativan this is only short term. I can look back on my life and see that i have been stuffering for years i just thought that everone felt like this.

    I get anxiety when i drive through traffic lights, cars tailgating me, before i start and while i am at work, just talking to certain people, waiting in lines at shops, when phones ring, driving my car in rain,hearing people talk loud and aruge, even certain tv shows i can’t watch game shows talk shows.

    i can”t wait to get better…….

  30. Ron

    Can panic/anxiety attacks cause your heart to beat out of rhythm?

    I was having chest pains, and 3 days later, abnormal heart beats.

    I went to the ER, and the said it was anxiety. Labs and stress test came out negative.

    But i still have abnormal heart beats.

  31. Glinda

    I started having panic or anxiety attacks two years ago or will be this Nov. I’ve taken medication for this but sometimes the meds don’t work. They usually happen in the morning it’s like I don’t want to get up but I’m not sleepy I just want to hide under the cover til the racing heart and sweats go away. I’m making myself sicker thinking about this….Is there some type of relaxing exercise one can do. I don’t want to have to keep taking these meds….that only work sometimes. I feel so out of control and I would leave me…if I could. I can’t go to family events or stores or to see friends without getting antsy….I will try anything but more pills!

  32. col says

    started having attacks after the funeral of my brother .had to stop smoking as they would trigger me into another attack.. kept thinking i have lung cancer and would end up in the grave. my mind will trick my body into producing symptoms such as coughing and muccus production, shortness of breath and rapid heart beat..

  33. Damian

    Ron,
    I am a sufferer of panic/anxiety attacks the last 3 years, I always feel like I am going to have a heart attack and I get strange rhythms from time to time, it all related I feel for you man I know what your going throught.

  34. John Walker

    I have had two major panic attacks within the last 72 hours lasting 3 hours a piece. It always happens in the early hours of the morning around 2-3am and lasts to around 5 – 6am.

    The attack i had this morning 2am was the worst i have ever had. I awoke with a jolt and for some reason started thinking negative thoughts.

    Japan, Libya and all bad things going on around the world then i start thinking bad thoughts about more personal things. Then i feel a strange horrible sensation sweep across my whole body then i have to get out of bed and move about fast.

    This morning it hit me so bad i was jumping on the spot with these waves of panic and anxiety sweeping over me. I woke my wife to tell her to ring the ambulance as i was going to die. My body was hot, i was shaking and my whole body was in a state of weirdness.

    My wife told me to sit on the edge of the bed and take deep breaths and this did help in a way but the pain was still there. My body just feels like it is vibrating and it will never stop. It is difficult to explain really. I am afraid to go to sleep tonight in case i wake up to another huge panic attack.

    My first panic attack was in 2001 and that was bad although i could not understand what was happening to me but now i understand them a little more but that does not make it feel any better.

    The only thing that works for me is breathing deeply in through the nose and out through the mouth but its a long drawn out process and i have to ride it out. Once the attack passes it feels like a tone of weight has been lifted from my shoulders.

    Any advice would be good but i have phoned the doctor and have to make an appointment in the morning.
    The only problem is i don’t know how to explain this to the doctor.

  35. Stephanie-Marie

    Hi , my name is Stephanie-Marie , and I am 13 years old. I have been having anxiety attacks since I was 11 years old.

    I am about to go on a trip with my Dad and siste r, but I have always lived with my mum abd grandma , who know how to help me when I have my attacks , Bu tmy dad is clueless ( he means well though)

    My sister understands somewhat but she is only a year older. I am nervous to sleep in new places , and without my CLOSE family , that i live with. I dont like sleeping in new places , like hotels and my friends houses for sleepovers.

    So , please , please help me.

    Stephanie-Marie

  36. tes

    I am so relived to have found this site, I really thought I was the only one feeling like this!

    I get these attacks that are accompanied by severe weakness and vomiting, and this lasts for sometimes an entire day. Then for a few days thereafter I feel weak and unmotivated, as though making a phone call is too much of an effort.

    I don’t even want to watch TV or listen to music. Eventually it goes away, but then I am left with worrying about if it will come back, which often sets my heart off racing again.

    It is ruining my life as I am having to cancel on important plans when I feel like this and can’t be at University when I am meant to be. I don’t want to take tranquilizers.

    Please help, have any of you found a way to cure yet? I am so desperate.

  37. Hello there,

    I know anxiety and it’s attacks rather well. Since I was around 7-8 years old I have had it in small fits. When I grew to the age of 10-11, it got to the point where my body would shake, be out of breath, find fear in the smallest of things especially when I would encounter other people. My grades slipped because of these “fits” that I had, not wanting to speak to anyone, short of breath, chest pains and dizzy spells. I am now 21 and attempting to go to college and hold a job. The last job I had I was a cashier and I would feel a constant string of anxiety through out the day, but when left alone I would feel slow consuming pain travel along my neck, shoulders and chest only growing worse until sharp pains would suddenly jab at me, making it even more difficult to breath. That one day had me in tears in the middle of the store, only for me to be sent home early. Other times it just includes my words stumbling, struggling with breathing, dizzy spells, small pains and hands shaking.

    I had also had a similar episode in front of a Spanish Class I was taking. I was called upon to speak in front of the class only to mentally black out after feeling a sharp pain and being unable to breath. And when I awoke, I was sitting back in my seat with no real clue what happened. I had apparently spoken in front of the class but as if I was half asleep, only to walk back to my seat and sit down and yet I couldn’t remember doing any of it.

    I have lived with this sort of condition for years and I haven’t really known where to go or who to speak with. Between simple nights that suddenly I cannot sleep because of thoughts running through my mind and emotions trampling on a rampage to not even being able to uphold a job or grades slipping because of more severe events brought on from my anxiety, it is just very difficult.

    I am not saying I am worse than anyone or that I have just been ignoring these things but with the lack of financial support and knowledge of what I should do, I have lived with this. And everyday it feels like I should do something but not sure what. I do not enjoy getting sick, vomiting, shaking, being unable to breath, these pains, confusion and just having an inability to do things I need to get done.

    I am glad I found this site, to help me understand it more. Thank you. If there is anyone with advice I would like to hear it if at all possible. My email is azurian_knight@live.com.

    Thank you.

  38. Carlos

    Thankgod I came across this site and all of you!

    I’ve been so scared that i’m dying, keep thinking I got every illness from heart disease and fluid in the lungs to cancer!

    My main symptom is severe shortness of breath. I get racing heart and weird beats sometimes but the shortness of breath has just dominated my life this past month!!

    I finally worked up the courage today to go see a doctor and I can’t tell you how relieved I was to hear her say that there is nothing wrong with my heart or lungs! I was melting in the doctors office while she was testing me I was so scared..

    Tomorrow I do xrays to just be sure, but I think it’s anxiety from reading the stories from all of you (tho I smoke and I’m having an attack right now sort of worrying Ill find out I have lung cancer tomorrow or something) .. But I’m a little stronger for sure inside after reading all of your stories, and finding out that I am not completely alone in this.

    There is nothing worse than thinking your gonna die, I’ve had kidney stones many times, and that pain is unreal but I would take it over this shortness of breath and worry any day!!

    To everyone who posted, my heart goes out to everyone of you! I wish I had cures to heal all of you from this so you (me) all of us, could get back to our daily lives and try to be the people we want to be again, I wish I had it…..

    But thank you all so much for your personal stories, it’s helped me relax a little knowing I’m not entirely alone with this :)

    Thankyou, all of you, and I hope you find your cures.

  39. tanya

    ana, i get panic attacks that bad too. Its been one year and i live with them every single day, but they seem to come mostly at night now.

    This morning, I was 100% sure it was a heart attack. severe shoulder pain, heart beating the fastest its ever beaten, palpitating as well, headache on left side of temple.

    i ran outside panicking, i have two small kids so i ddnt know what the hell to do. i still think it was a minor heart attack but i think panic attacks can mimic heart attacks. but to us, we dont knw the difference.

    i have been trying to get help for over 6 m onths and nothing i do is really getting rid of all the anxeity. its so horrible living like this.

  40. Briana

    Has anyone ever had lots of pressure at top of head followed by extreme warmness?

  41. Lynsay

    Hey guys, When I was 23, I started having panic attacks out of the blue during a trip to Edmonton. It was a trip from HELL – I couldn’t eat, my stomach felt really tight, I was shaking, my heart felt like it was beating out of my chest, I was puking bile, and I thought I was dying. It was horrible!

    For 3 days we were there, and it was unbearable. When we got home, I went to me doctor and she told me I was having panic attacks and prescribed me paxil, with no warnings. For the first couple of weeks of using paxil, I experienced terrible side-affects – constant vomiting and nausea, extreme middle-of-the-night panic attacks, anorexia (the sight of food made me want to puke), and the worst symptom was the constant thoughts of desperation and suicide.

    Eventually after a few weeks, I started to to feel back to normal but it was not an easy road. I stayed on paxil for 10 years. During that time, I still had bouts of depression but for the most part my feelings were numb, monotone. I kinda felt like a zombie. 2 months ago I finally decided to wean myself off the paxil with the help of my doctor.

    The withdrawal symptoms were horrible!! Feelings of unreality, suicidal thoughts, crying spells, migraine headaches, low blood circulation, heart palpitations, anorexia, extreme eye pain, and the most intense itchiness you can imagine for weeks on end. After 7 weeks I started to feel back to normal.
    Yay! I was off Paxil!

    Then one night I went out and drank a little too much, which resulted in a massive hangover the following morning. I was sick, as anticipated, but I also started to become panicky as well. The next day I started a new job, and I suffered through the day, feeling anxiety the whole day. When I got home, I became VERY panicky, and the next morning I went to see my doctor because I felt like I was dying. It was horrible.

    He gave me Lorazepam to calm me down, and prescribed me Cipralex to help control the panic attacks. I made it very clear that I did not want to be doped up on a dangerous SSRI again, like paxil. He told me the side affects of Cipralex were minimum, maybe a bit of stomach upset.

    I read the fine print when I got home. Yes it is an SSRI, and there are many symptoms, such as suicidal thoughts, possible manic episodes, etc etc etc just like the paxil!! So I don’t want to take them obviously but I also can’t live like this either. I just got this new job and I’ve called in sick 2 times already because I’m having a panic attack.

    I will not be able to pay my bills with no job, which also causes me mad anxiety. It’s a horrible catch-22. My question is: is there an effective way to control panic attacks and general anxiety without the use of SSRI’s?

    I have tried holistic tablets – Gaba, St.Johns Wort and Happy Sense. I also exercise hard and faithfully.
    What else is there?

    Any comments would be greatly appreciated!!!!

  42. I have had these spells for 23 years, they have ruined my life, At the time mine started they were pretty much unknown and people made fun of me. they would call me a hypocondriate and that made it worse.

    I sufferered alone for so long, now it it is more in the open. I still feel as if i will die . I can not be alone. The symptons are like a nightmare.

    And for those who do not have them they still make fun. They say just calm down your ok. But they have no idea

  43. Kendra

    Lynsay- I went through exactly what your going through.. It’s the worst feeling ever , I felt at times I didn’t want to live if this is what it was going to be like.

    I myself called in sick a few times cause the anxiety and panic attacks were so bad. I lost 20 pounds, was prescribed lorazepam and decided to stop taking it after a couple days because I did not want to treat myself thinking I had a problem( thought it would feed into my mind freak outs) after a month of reading reviews and many baths it has gotten a lot better.

    I find that when I describe my feeling of panic it triggers it. It will get better… My anxiety is still here at certain times.. When I’m put on the spot, start thinking about it, or think about an upcoming event.

    The panic attacks I were going through before make me stronger as a person as it starts to go away.( by this I mean being sick, fear of labor one day etc. are nothing compared to the feelings of panic I have once been through) to help me get better I took magnesium ( a vitamin that helps your nervous system, power walks with good music, baths, talking to people that have been through it and are getting better,( ask people if they know anyone who has been through this) and for a time when it’s so bad and you have no others choices I took a xanix.

    It will help you the bad days, but again, I didn’t want to be medicated like that so it was my emergency backup….took 1/2 when it wasn’t too bad or wanted to tell myself I don’t need that much ( start with 1/2 and take the other 1/2 if u don’t feel better in 20 mins.

    Taking a xanix was the on,y way I could sleep for a while ( you will most likely feel it has worn off after u wake) but gets better as times goes.
    This is just a period in your life that many people go through just never thought u would be one of them.

  44. Marissa

    Hi guys ibhave been having issues with this for 4 years now. I had my first panic attack and have had Many many more since . I just had a
    Massiv panic attack on Satutday and ever since keep getting symptoms, my ears keep playing uP like echoing and everything loud hurts and feels weird also weird feelings in my head on top
    And at the back even though I have had this before it still worries me and also feeling a tad bit sick too I’m on effexor for this for 4 yrs now and I’m getting fed up. Does anyone have any suggestions? I’ve found that alcohol and nicotine don’t help they make it worse so I’ve quit smoking and Havent drank in a while

  45. Betty

    Found this page while googling!i have been having shortness of breath for 12 years!been to the er so many times we are in debt! Last few months have been bad.short of breath headaches lately neck feels tight and I have to chew my food well.i can’t handle this.they have found nothing wrong.6 yrs ago they found clots in my leg while I was pregnant with my daughter.so every time I get short of breath I think it’s a clot.(I’m on Coumadin for life)also stressing about going on plane in June for my nieces wedding!you can email me at baioannidis2006@yahoo.com

  46. Jodi

    I suffered from minor anxiety attacks since my dad died in 1999.

    One day after picking my children up from daycare I had the scariest moment of my life. We were leaving and my whole face from inside and out was tingly and had pressure.. not like I usually get at all..

    Next thing I started having intense pressure inside of me that felt very strage and was coming from my arms up to my head and it made my hands go into a crab position and i couldn’t move them.

    I became more panicky and then a sudden pressure rush came from my gut up thru my body making its way to my head.. it was intense pressure that was felt all throughout with a tingly feeling as well.

    I had told my bf who was driving to get me to ER fast. The pressure became more intense I started hypervenilating trying to keep breathing so I wouldn’t pass out in front of my children before I arrived at the ER.

    My bf told me that I was very tense and that my lips were purple and were folded around my teeth and I couldn’t talk and my body felt as if it was stuck.

    Right before we pulled into the ER I felt myself fading into unconsiousness and that was very scary I thought if i pass out before I get to the ER i would die for sure so I kept trying to breathe but my breathes were becoming so shallow and hard to make.

    We pulled up to ER and they came to get me from car. I did’nt even think I could physically move to get out of car but they helped and got me to a room right away. they took my vitals and my heart was at 140 and they asked what was wrong and i said i dont know but im fixing to pass out just help me.

    Well the nurse talked me and put my hands up against my body and one by one pulled my fingers into a straight position and i looked and they were purple. My lips were purple as well.

    He told me that my blood was rushing from my extremities to go where it needed to and that was the feeling i was experiencing due to my hyperventilation. I was calmed down by 10 minutes in the ER.

    I couldn’t believe that was an axiety attack.
    it wasn’t like anything i had before..
    not even close.

  47. Bobbi

    I’m 15 and i suffer from anxiety attacks. i can have up to 5 in a day. Mine are triggered by the smallest things.

    My mom knows about my attacks but i haven’t told her how i get them daily…. im to scared to tell her, I don’t know what to do about my attacks.

    Can someone help me?
    Explain anxiety attacks to me a bit more?
    I’m so confused about all this

  48. janay

    Omg…. i really absolutly thought i was da only 1 catching this…

    my family catches anxiety bt i felt like no1 was catching dem like me….last week i caught 2r 3 panic attacks everysingle day last week it was horrible…

    now the panic attack attacks r gone but the dizziness thoughts dat im gonna die..memory lost..slur wen i talk…feelin like im not really here..

    scared to drive ughhhh its horrible..tiredness is still thete..dont feel like doin nothing i dont want to get on meds cuz i really feel like this is gonna pass i caught it bad n 2006…but i ons remember it being this bad..

    i just wantmy normal life bck…
    am i similar to n e 1 please help

  49. Adrienne

    I’m 14 and it’s 10:22 at night where I live, about 10 minutes ago I was hearing footsteps outside my bedroom.

    I started freaking out and ran to my parents, they didn’t hear anything and they weren’t up, I went back to my room and sat down, I tried calming down but I started getting the symptoms of an anxiety/panic attack.

    My heart was beating so fast then stopped for a few seconds and started to beat again…. This is the second time this has happened since before Christmas of 2011.

    I think my thoughts of my parents divorce just before the noises started didn’t help any, could they have caused the stress?
    I’ve had it all bottled up for 7 years.
    Help?!?

  50. Nicole

    It’s amazing reading all of these stories – as i myself thought i was crazy 5 years ago when they all began.

    Every sensation all of you are feeling – i have felt – and some of the feelings honestly still freak me out to this day. I’ve put myself in the hospital countless amount of times and there is nothing they can ever do.

    Even my dentist is on my case about me grinding my teeth at night. The only reason i stop panicking – is because my body is exhausted and i fall asleep SOMEHOW.

    I’ve taken xanax and short term pills and they helped, but i was groggy and felt like a zombie with no feelings on it. You couldnt relax or find things funny.

    You just felt “blahh” on them. I decided i didnt want to take them anymore without telling my doctor and the next day i forced my mother to take anything i could hurt myself with out of my bedroom and lock me in because i crashed like a bad trip on cocaine.

    I honestly tried to hurt myself that’s how horrible i felt. I never wanted to take anything like that again – i am against drugs and taking that was an unhealthy boundry for me. And it was all because of the medicine.

    To this day i have panic attacks and again this month alone they are SEVERE and i honestly am desperate enough to take medicine again – altho this time something that doesnt help just the situation that hour, but something for the whole day.

    I can tell you that i started taking zoloft (non habit forming) and i dont feel groggy. I take a very small amount, but it doesnt seem to help as much as the short term helped. So i have chosen to take a holistic perspective on it and yoga and meditation still to me sound silly but they really do work.

    I keep a puzzle out on a table and when i feel an attack coming on i attempt to put the pieces together and force myself to put atleast 2-3 pieces of a 1000 piece puzzle together… and just concentrating on that alone really helps.

    You have to remember that a panic attack is your ego turning on you and that sometimes if you listen closely you’ll hear your ego whisper ways of sabotage. Im not saying that medicine wont help you but the eastern world believes in energies and the western believes in medicine.

    If your afraid to take the medicine try having chamomile tea before bed and make a habit of meditating or just calming your mind. Be less stress prone.

    I practice these things everyday – and now that i realize that i can control them and they cant control me i come out of them within 5 minutes and altho i feel a little icky after… its better than feeling like death for an hour.

    Good luck to everyone, i hope that we all find peace soon and hopefully better nights sleep!

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