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by Natalie Engel

It has happened to almost everyone at some time in their lives. You start feeling lightheaded, you can actually feel your heart pounding, you may be short of breath or have chest pain. It feels like you may be having a heart attack!

However, chances are pretty good that you are having a panic attack unless you are someone with heart disease or a history of cardiovascular problems. 

How Do You Know You Are Having a Panic Attack? 

Of course, you should have it checked out by a doctor if you have never experienced this before. Panic attacks can certainly feel like heart attacks if you have never had one before. Sometimes they occur out of nowhere and for no obvious reason. Other times, you are in the middle of a crowded store or at work dealing with too many things at once. People with panic disorders can have several panic attacks per week and every time they have one, they actually believe they are going to die. The symptoms of a panic attack include:

  • Dizziness
  • Sweating
  • Shaking or trembling
  • Fear that you are going crazy
  • Abdominal or digestive issues such as diarrhea or vomiting
  • Shortness of breath
  • Hot flashes
  • Sweating
  • Nervousness
  • Heart palpitations
  • Feeling like you are going to die

Getting Through a Panic Attack

When you are having a panic attack, it is really difficult to get it under control. However, it is not impossible. It is best if you talk to a therapist to learn the best techniques to help your individual symptoms of panic attacks. However, in the meantime, there are some things you can do.

Deep Breathing

Getting a grasp on your breathing is the most important way to get your panic attack under control. Most people who are in the middle of an attack are breathing fast, which is what causes the rapid heartrate, dizziness, and can even cause you to faint. You may have seen people on television suffering from a panic attack and someone always gives them a paper bag or something to breathe into. You do not need the bag. That is just a way to trick your mind into thinking about your breathing rather than thinking about panicking. To do deep breathing, all you have to do is take a slow breath in through your nose, hold it for a couple of seconds, and then exhale and repeat. Make sure you pause for about three seconds between each breath so you do not end up hyperventilating. You can do this while standing, sitting, or laying down. 

Relax Your Muscles

Getting yourself to relax is done by relaxing your body, one muscle at a time. Progressive muscle relaxation is done in two steps. The first step is to tense your muscle groups one at a time. Then, release the tension of these muscle groups one at a time. Pay attention to each individual muscle as you tense and relax it. It also helps if you do your deep breathing during this exercise. 

Face Your Fears

The experts claim that the best way to get control of your panic disorder is to face your fears. To do this, you have to allow yourself to have panic attacks voluntarily so you can desensitize yourself from the symptoms. By bringing the symptoms on yourself, you will have a sense of control over the panic attacks and the feelings that occur during the attack. Eventually, you will get so used to these situations that set off the panic attacks that your body will not respond with these symptoms anymore. 

If you are having panic attacks more than once a month, you should talk to a therapist or counselor about it. You can talk to someone online without even needing an appointment.


About the Author

Natalie engel_0.jpegNatalie Engel graduated from the University of California Santa Cruz in 2017, and is now a member of the Community and Support team at BetterHelp. Her daily work includes supporting the counselors, clients and any potential clients on the BetterHelp platform. One of her favorite aspects of her position is getting to interview and onboard counselors to expand the platform, and allow every member to be matched with a counselor who best fits their needs.

I'm Manjunath, IT professional aged 50 lived in Bangalore. I had stevia raw leaf juice accidently in 2015, instantly mean after 5min, had a severe panic attack, fear, anxiety, heart palpitation. Dr diagnosed with anxiety after a blood test was done by pathologist were found serotonin reduction drastically. Psychiatric gave treatment to increase serotonin for 6 weeks, later I'm getting heart palpitation for no reason, also hypoglycimia occurs when I delay to take breakfast/lunch/dinner. Psychiatric Dr said anxiety causes all the brief and adviced to ignore when occurs. Now I have dizziness suddenly with no time, SYS/DIA increases to 185/92. Cardiologist gave tablets to reduce SYS/DIA, even though it increased today admited in ICU for 2 hours. Because of severe anxiety unable to accept the higher position, international travel & opportunities.

All these problems started after consuming stevia leaf and don't have the history of anxiety in the past or in the family. How to get rid of anxiety without medicine or without consuming liver animal meat. Please drop me a suggestion to manjunathbasappa@outlook.com

Believe it or not, you can develop anxiety or panic disorder at any point in your life, and for almost any reason known to man. Genetics, stress, personality, even brain chemistry. And while the ways listed above can help many cope others have to rely on medication. I am a 23 year old woman, and up until about 2 months ago I was diagnosed with severe anxiety. This was only found out because I was hospitalized 3 different occasions for chest pain, shortness of breath, rapid heart rate (about 180 bpm), dizziness, and feeling like I was dying. Felt like an honest to god heart attack. And now it happens at random multiple times a day all the time. I am on Vistaril an anti anxiety med and antihistamine for my allergies. What I'm trying to say and I'm not invalidating your claim, I highly doubt stevia did this. As mentioned anxiety or panic disorder can develope at any age for any reason whether known or not. Panic disorder differing in the fact that you're so fearful of having another attack it can worsen and you may even avoid activities you think may cause it. If none of the coping mechanisms such as focusing on breathing, talking to someone, or even trying to just get through them work. Your only option would be medication to get a handle on it or to generally alleviate the symptoms, and that's something you have to come to terms with. Up until this year, I wouldn't have believed it myself but here I am. And I am trying to help

I am suffering what you have suffered. Can you help me?? It very difficult to deal this situation. I cant sleep, i am irritable.. What should i do?? Help me pls.....

Hi! I hope you're feeling better. It must be tough and difficult going through this, but I know you'll find the light at the end of the tunnel. Keep going strong

I dont know if I have anxiety but I feel like I have pressure to make the me not seem like an awful person and when someone gets annoyed at me I just burst into tears and I dont know. If you know what is wrong can you please tell me.

Sounds like you might be depressed. I say that because you burst into tears, and a horrible person would most likely not even ask that question. Depression can come with having feelings of extreme guilt, even though there really isn’t justification for it. The world is going through some tough times, it’s not an easy time right now. Be extra kind to yourself and call a hot line to talk with someone, and if you have insurance get yourself a therapist, someone you CONNECT with. Take good care.

9 years ago I had a heart pacemaker inserted due to slow heart beat?.For the past two years my elder9wife has been ill and increasing frail? She is 78 and I am 80? Tonight I started to have symptoms that could be the threat of a heart attack or a panic attack ? I now constantly care for her every need ? We have been together for 62 years and married for 60 years?.I have a lot of fear and not sure if it is a panic attack or the first symptoms of a heart attack ? Can anyone help please ? Thank.you Alan

You definitely could have anxiety, especially if you have anxiety or panic attacks or other symptoms. You almost might be dealing with self of stem and identity issues. In either cases, I would suggest you talk with the people closest to you about any triggers you’ve identified and how you can communicate without making you feel awful. Have a good day!

Yesterday me and my friends got into a fight almost instantly i sat on the ground was trembling and shaking had a shaky voice and was breathing really fast i dont know if i have anxiety because this has happened alot i dont know if it is a panic attack even if i do have anxiety i dont think my parents would believe me any advice

I Suffer With Acid Reflux But also get Panic attacks .The feeling is like I have Got Bricks deep in my throat. Horrible Feeling.
So what is it I'm suffering with

I also have acid reflux and panic attacks
Same as you feel and feel liked I’m Going to die even if not , I wonder what’s the reason of this I’m thinking on mine this is the side effects of my pills .

I get really bad acid reflux and start to belch before I have panic attacks. My panic attacks start when I get relaxed. I suffer from dissassociation and when I start getting that feeling ill almost every time have a panic attack and faint. I get heart palpitations sometimes also and feel like death is just a breath away. It's horrible . I suffer as symptom of schizoaffective disorder. Mine are always random.

I completely agree with you. I'm a 35 year old female and I live in the Netherlands.
All of a sudden panic attacks came into my life 4 months ago. We're in the covid 19 pandemic and in March I suddenly experienced shortness of breath, feelings like suffocating and chest pain. My right lung wouldn't fill itself with air. My left lung was able to take deep breaths, my right lung wasn't. I started trembling, cold and hot flashes, sweating, complete chaos came over me. I thought I was having a heart attack or bad pneumonia cause of covid. It was my fear to catch covid. Since I'm asthmatic. I've been having panic attacks everyday, multiple times a day since. I've visited the ER many times, got my lungs checked out, ECG for the heart, saturation checked, got checked for pneumonia, lung Xray.. All negative. I did have an intense fever for 6 weeks without feeling like I cought a flu. It was just there. So that had to be checked out. The specialist didn't understand this. Cause she checked my blood as well and couldn't find anything. But since the pain in my right rib cage was so dibilating I couldn't breathe I was convinced something was really wrong with me. Eversince I've been hyperventilating every day, panicking every day, intense yawning, gasping for air. And ive experienced a lot of derealisation. Feeling I don't exist. Even the world seems different and odd then. This was there fore over a month. And than I snapped out of it. But it still occurs now and then. I got a covid 19 test and a anti body test. Both negative. Doctor says it could still have been covid 19 and that this is a result. That doesn't help me. I feel like it's a panic disorder. The feeling of dying and utter chaos without a reason is so very frightening. My gp doesn't do anything. The word hyperventilation syndrome or panic disorder hasn't even been spoken by any specialist. Not the ones on the ER, not the specialist for internal diseases, not the lung specialist.. No one. I've had several diagnosises that they took back afterwards when visiting the ER.

* costochondritis
* tietze syndrome
* allergic reaction to a vitamin pill
* lung embolism
* covid 19 (but tests are negative)
* flu virus (but I never felt)
* asthma worsening (also impossible since I don't need my inhalers. And when I do take them when I'm very short of breath they don't help me. Which they normally would. This feels so different than an asthma attack)

I've told them exactly the same as what I'm telling you now. And they come up with nothing. I feel like I need specialised help for this. Because it's ruining my life. I'm too scared to go outside without my partner by my side. The chest tightness is killing me. And it's a never ending circle. I have no control whatsoever over this. I do the buyteko method. A speech Therapist is helping me. But it's not working enough. I try really hard. It does help sometimes to keep me from going full blown hyperventilation attack. But the breathing exercises don't help my chest pain or panic.

How the hell can I get rid of this thing??
I meditate
I listening to positive affirmations
I try to distract myself which is too hard.

I can't even get out of the house. I sit on my bed looking at the sky and trees outside trying to keep sane and in the moment. Being so scared to lose control again. I've lost weight and have bad insomnia. I don't know what to do anymore. I'm very stressed and depressed. I can't function normal anymore.

I never EVER would've thought something like this would ever happen to me. Since I thought I was doing a lot better mental wise.
I've been in a lot of stress the last 2 years. Extreme stress and physical pain. Lost a few family members, lost a few good friends and i suffer from chronic extreme sciatica nerve pain since I received disk degeneration and foraminal stenosis at the age of 33. So my nervous system is always on edge.

I feel depressed all of the time since I don't have any perspective. I'm in pain on a daily basis, moving around is difficult. I was a very active person 2 years ago. Very fit. I'm an invalid now.
I keep things real and I'm down to earth. That's why I don't get why I have this. And why I have no control.

I can't talk to anyone about this cause I don't know anyone who has this. Walking up a stairs sends me straight into bad hyperventilation. Every chore is a challenge. I hyperventilate when there is pressure or I have to achieve something. Even if it's going into the shower. All is too much. I have no idea who I am anymore. This is taking over my life.

I hope we all get trough this. I wish I was more positive but to me this feelings like Neverending doom.

I’m sorry to hear that you’re going through all of this and that it feels like no one is there for you. Try to find a therapist that works specifically for panic disorder, anxiety, or PTSD. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy might be very beneficial for you. I just recently had a panic attack while showering and it was one of the most scariest moments ever. It was the first time I feel chest pain/tightness (on my right side) and I totally thought that I was having a heart attack. I felt afraid, ashamed, and confused. I’m getting a new therapist and I am hopeful that will help me a lot along with exercise and eating kore nutritional food.

I really hope that you feel better and that you find a helpful therapist.

You will need an SSRI I’m afraid. I have been dealing with what you are describing for 20 years. The only thing that takes me out of it is medication. I have tried everything else, but nothing works for this kind of severe panic disorder. Holistic methods and cbt works for milder anxiety in my opinion. But to get out of this hole you’re in, you’ll need your doctor to prescribe you something. After a month of taking an SSRI (it takes time to build up in your system), you will get out of this darkness. You’re not alone. I’m going through it too and had to go back in pills. Waiting for them to tKe effect. TAke care and good luck to you.

I actually stared having everything exactly point to point, how you are displaying it... even though I have got to sleep better now bc I been giving it time but just today I caught a panic attack talking to my friend.. I don’t know much about this myself, I was a healthy person before this happened to me 4 months ago too 👌.. my mom says it could be the COVID but I don’t believe it.. all I know is that your not alone, a lot of people got this. I’ve had a therapist, I been to the doctor and I chose not to take pills.. bc just how it came, it should go away.. yes it gives me fear and I’m only 22 but I try to ignore it and be around my family.. I had to take a break from work for those 4 months and just yesterday, I stared working again and thank god that I’m actually able to do 8 hours without only feeling few symptoms but hopefully we all get over this feeling of something bad happen to us... but once again, it could be anxiety bc fear causes every symptom you said

I just wanted to share my story so you don't feel alone. Around 4 months ago as well I started having strange issues. Three months ago in the hospital for a panic attack and couldn't breathe well and shaking. Scary as hell. They did chest x-ray, blood tests and EKG all normal. Been having them ever since and only Xanax seems to help becuase it knocks me out. I have called the medical advice line so many times. They keep giving me meds, even just prescribed a BP med to help with heart rate. I lost a close friend of mine shortly before this all happened and then of course COVID. I think the pandemic is affecting people more than we would like to admit. Take care! I know it's terribly difficult.

I’m so sorry to hear that you’re going through this!!!:( hope you’re doing better! But you are not alone! I know exactly how you feel. I have extreme anxiety panic disorder and have depersonalization/derealization disorder, so I completely understand what you’re going through! I don’t know if you believe in Jesus or not but he’s the only way I’m getting through this hard time! He loves you and will never abandon you or forget about you! You will be okay!!!:) I will keep you in my prayers!

It’ll take time but you Will get over it, the same thing happened to me a few years back I was healthy happy and then boom. It sounds like you’re trying to get rid of this thing, you have to accept it, I live alongside it now and barely notice it. Trying to get rid of this feeling your flight or fight response which is actually a normal human response will only add extra energy and feeling of frustration to this particular feeling. I did lots of research to dig myself out of this, and I only found one thing that was truly helpful and made sense I’ll send you the link below. But the most important thing to do is remember to except the feeling. I’m stronger than I’ve ever been before, even before my anxiety. Be patient with yourself and visit this website, if it doesn’t resonate with you then Push it aside, but if it does and if things make sense then I would really recommend you trust what feels right and go with your gut. https://anxietynomore.co.uk/the_book/ This is actually a book which I never purchased, I got all I need to know from this website and then I understood a lot more and my fear slowly peeled away each day. Take care of yourself and I hope this helps :) And there is hope, you won’t be the same as you were before, but I guarantee you you will be stronger. Life is literally better for me now x

I went through exactly what you describe last summer - Id been through two years of chronic stress and I think it just got to a boiling point. The only difference was that I knew it was anxiety as I’ve had anxiety all my life. Until last summer it never materialized so directly related to breathing before and I couldn’t control it. I have a tranquilizer prescription for flying and hate to take it, but my GP insisted I needed to take the dose every day for a couple weeks. Honestly that changes everything and helped get me out of the woods. Directly after that I started therapy for awhile to deal with underlying stress and it helped a lot. Took a couple months but I started to see a change and learn to slow my breathing. I got better and 6 months later got pregnant, and now we’re in a pandemic RELATED TO BREATHING. Sometimes I laugh because for me in my own little reality this is the worst possible situation. I am experiencing some of those symptoms again but this time in a more minor way. It’s still horrible and I can’t take any drugs. But from the therapy I was in I learned that I have to slow my breathing and when I start ruminating about my breathing I have to stop myself immediately. This means if I wake up at 3am and even have ONE Half asleep thought about breathing, I have to fully wake myself up and do something like play a game or get up and clean make breakfast whatever to nip it in the bud. When you’re terrified of your own panic symptoms it can become a self fulfilling prophecy of obsessing over them. It’s mental discipline and it is hard. Therapy will help you. I promise. I’m not a doctor but I would guess a couple weeks of once a day xanax would make a huge difference followed by potentially going on a daily SSRI. I didn’t go on an SSRI because therapy was enough, but trust me if it ever gets that out of hand again I will in a second. Try to find a therapist that specializes in anxiety specifically. Might be easier now since you will probably have an appointment via télé health so you won’t be reliant on having to find someone in your area.

You will get through this I promise.

I know you made your post almost 2 months ago but I pray it's gotten easier for you. I pray it's gotten easier for everyone here that has shared what they're going through. I myself began having panic attacks about 3 years ago. I'm a 45 year old female with no understanding of how this could be happening to me. When I'm going through these attacks I I feel embarrassed, afraid and ashamed of how others will look at me. I'm African American and in my household no one believes in panic attacks so in order for me to avoid them feeling like I just want attention I hide out in my room until the attack passes. It's a lonely and frightening feeling. The majority of the time when I'm going through these attacks I'm constantly thinking about how long will it take before someone finds my dead body. These past fews years I've lost a lot of people that I love dearly and I know I'm not the only person on Earth to experience this. I feel like I'm on a completely different planet that doesn't exist. I've always been a loner I've just never in my life felt this alone and afraid. I'm struggling 😔.

Wow your anxiety is bad bad
I can relate my anxiety leaves me paralyze and dizzy had one twice today

Just take it a day at a time one day it will get slit or better or you’ll eventually learn to manage it

Or maybe you’ll have to go on the anxiety for a little while

Wishing you the best
You will overcome this

I can fully sympathize with you,your condition is very real and cannot be ignored by medics because your feelings reflect mine although my panic stricken episodes are not about covid 19 mine feelings of utter dread are mix of the work place and seasonal change.I honestly think I would rather die than go to work after I've had a break and the days are getting shorter,reuptake tablets are no good as after a while I get crushing headache...most of the time I can't sleep so staying in bed is pointless,so I hope you feel good one day and doom that it generates disappears quickly.

I know to well what you are going through. My first onset of a panic attack was about 24 years ago. It took along time for them to subside. once I got them under control I would have one once in awhile but because they were not that intense, I could control them. now years later they have been coming back. When it comes on I feel like I can't be alone, or afraid to go home without someone there. I'm trying to control them. I can't fall apart at work. When someone asks me "are you ok" I burst out in tears. I've been on medication all this time. Can't eat, only a few bites at a time so I don't throw it up or I have Diarrhea. The only one I can really talk to about this is my sister which has them herself.
I can't stand them. So with all that being said, I feel ya. hopefully what is worrying me will come to light soon. I have a lot going on in my life but not panic worthy. It helps to do busy work.
Good Luck to you. I feel ya

I have the same issue with my panic attacks all of they above and can’t eat it’s been going on for 10 years I came of medicine for 7 months and now I’m back on it cause I started having to many attacks it’s horrible

I can understand, because I am suffering from the exact same thing. Everyday now I have attacks and feel like I am dying, my mind panicking and racing. I was ok a year/9 months ago. Now it consumes my life and I feel I am on my own and doctors and hospitals do not understand what I mean or don’t take symptoms seriously. If you want to talk about it I am here

I feel the EXACT same way!! I need help. No one knows what it is. They have done EKGS and EVERYTHING to help me, but nothing has worked. They have tried and help me with Anxiety and put me on medicine. Diagnosed me with different things and then said “no, that’s not it!”. I don’t understand it either. I’m trying so hard and not getting anywhere! I need help.

Hello, I hope you are doing much better now. Same exact thing started happening to me at the beginning of July. It's funny that everything you feel or felt is the same exact things I feel. I even told my husband that I wish I had my life back to before this happened. I feel like I'm not my self anymore, like I'm living in a different world. Doctors either couldn't figure out what was wrong with me after so many ER visits. My gp gave antidepressants but after taking them for 3 days and feeling like a zombie and depressed I decided to not take them. Hopefully you are in a much better state now. July and August were really hard for me but I have learned to get my body out of having a full blown panic attack when I feel it coming. Last night again I started having one and had to go outside to catch some fresh air at 2am and it worked fine. It's true what you say, I too would have never in a million years thought this would've happen to me. We are strong and we will get through this.

About 13 years ago after I had my last baby I got my tubes tied right after that I regretted getting it done I started to feel funny scared to go outside scared to stand up felt like I was dying had test done nothing was wrong with my heart nothing it got to a point we’re the only time I felt ok was at night when all my kids was home and safe I use to hate seeing the morning come so my auntie told me maybe you have Anxiety You should make a appointment I was scared to talk to anyone cause the fear of people thinking I’m crazy so me and my son went to the doctors felt like the doctor was taken forever so many people felt like I was losing myself my son said mom I’m here that ease me a lil but soon as the doctor call me it was Bk like it wouldn’t go away but once I told the doctor what I was feeling and how scared I was to be even there he told me what I had I was Diagnosed with anxiety panic attacks and chronicle depression and was put on meds immediately to control the panic attacks First then the Anxiety my Psychiatrist told me it’s going to take time I wanted it to be over right then but hear I am 15 years later still taken meds and my Panic attacks is back full affect it’s because of this COVID-19 very scary but I’m here to tell you it’s real and y’all not alone in this

Dear,
Don't feel alone in this at all. I can completely relate to it. The same thing happened to me after my daughter's birth 8 years ago. I was in the hospital for 15 days with heart rate shooting to 175 then coming down with in seconds. Every time it happened i passed out for a few seconds. All the tests in the world were done including a heart x-ray (which i hadn't even heard of before). But doctors couldn't find out anything. They said it's just stress or maybe epilepsy. They even asked me to take medicine for epilepsy, but i refused because I could sense it's something else. Especial psychologist were called to hv conversation with me to find out what was bothering me. But I on the other hand was very happy for having a baby lol. Eventually i insisted on going home cause I was homesick. I got better with time and started living normal life. I hv been having shortness of breath and fatigue, but its mostly just one week before my periods are due. Hence i thought it's related to pms which i suffer from. Until day before yesterday when i was out shopping with my husband and I had a very bad attack. It was so bad that my husband had to pull over the car and call an ambulance because i was all cold and couldn't breath or respond properly. Ambulance arrived with minutes. After checking all the vital stats they said it's panic attack. They tried to distract me and made me feel better but within seconds one after the other episodes of attacks kept coming. It lasted for about 30 minutes. Eventually they asked me to go to hospital with them. But I refused because i knew they wouldn't be able to do anything in the hospital either. Since then i hv had many attacks ( not as bad as that one). I am very tired because of the tension in the muscles. I also have two children age 5 and 8. That makes it worse as i hv to look after them too. I was looking on the internet for the ways to cope with it, when i found this website. Hope my story wl help u feel that u r not alone in this.
Ruby

I have been experiencing anxiety on and off for a few years.. Heart palpitations scared me so I went Dr. told him it happened 2 times in the past 2 weeks. He ordered an EKG and it all began right there.. my Heart started pounding.. The EKG reveal sinus tachycardia but dr said when he listened to my heart he heard no abnormalities just a fast heart beat... he ordered a zio patch to wear for 2 weeks and I am a complete mess. Anxiety attack after anxiety attack after another.. it’s wearing me out .. I have to push a button for everything I feel and I’m now trying to feel everything and then I’d I feel a palpatation.. I worry that it’s really bad... can anyone help me I’m in distress.. how do I control this ?

I have suffer with anxiety since I was a small child. However, anxiety attacks surfaced by the tie I was 18 and in college. I was a complete mess. I actually did not go on Medication until I was 32. I should have been on it sooner. I was living in agony dealing with overwhelming feelings of death and dying. I also had OCD thought disorder. Had thoughts of suicide, and this is when I got help. With Medication and therapy I can not live my life with less worry that doesn't paralyze me with worry. I am 52, now, married with 2 kids. I refuse to let my anxiety get in my way of raising healthy children. Bless you and good luck

I’ve been diagnosed with panic attacks but I don’t believe it not a second. What kind of panic attacks make you sick all day long and make you weak my heart won’t let me exercise because it goes to fast and won’t stop. The sickness really gets to me Day by day. Then I really do have a panic attack at the end of day. As each day progresses it gets worse like I get weaker the longer I’m awake. I basically turned into a hypochondriac because I’m just worried about my health now

Hi Jared, Sounds like you have health anxiety. It can be really difficult to treat, especially if you have an illness to begin with. Treatment with medication in combination with counselling is reported to be most effective. I have this issue. No-one can understand how you feel, I personally am able to identify when I am being irrational/panicking however I just can not stop it from escalating. I really hope you can get the help you need. I have been through a lot in my life but this condition is the worst I have ever felt. I wish I could tell you there is a magic solution but in my experience it is just working at it every day and accepting the disruption to your life.

I also feel like I have turned into a Hypochondriac because of the way that I feel..... I think it's the sickness or whatever it is that causes the panic attacks and not the other way around!

What consumes me most is the terrible fear of dying daily.... It is crippling to say the least.

I get funny sensations in my chest and my heart skips beats at random accompanied by a stranger feeling in my stomach, chest and neck.... Sometimes it comes so fast after each other that I think I am about to pass out and feel very weak and tired for the rest of the day.

Pls email me, maybe we can help each other?

All the Best!

debbie.esterhuizen24@gmail.com

Im a disabled veteran from the gulf war who went through two cases of military sexual trauma and was sexually abused by a female babysitter for two years while in middle school in the 80s. I had my panic and anxiety under control for years until just recently it all came back after my new psychologist started EMDR therapy. Now what worked for me before Clonazepam .05mg twice a day i cant get because my primary care doctor wants to try everything else which i have severe reactions too. If anyone else is going through this im open to talking too. kevinhays@msn.com

Thats what i take clonzepam 0.5 two times a day. When u have panic attacks does your face get really red? And disoriented

When your having panic attack u need relief asap. 0.5 klonopin is nothing. U cant get addicted really to such a low low dose, go to psychiatrist not a regular md. I take 2mg twice a day. Other doctors wouldn't agree so the thing is you have to keep searching for a doctor that will help you, hope u find d a dr. To help u quickly.!!

@debbie
I had my first ever panick attack over a week ago and have been having almost what I call mini ones since almost daily I have searched and searched the internet for my Simptoms and ur comment is the first thing I’ve found that mentions the funny feeling in ur chest ,stomach etc that is exactly what I’ve been getting almost daily since my panick attack I am currently under investigation for several medical conditions and I think this is where it stemmed from but reading your description has eased me slightly

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