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Anxiety

PostPosted: April 17th, 2011, 4:08 pm
by mossi-mo
This may seem weird, but I wonder if anyone who has experienced this can help me.

I haven't been prone to panic attacks, but I have been having a lot of them recently, for very insignificant reasons. And before you say no reason is insignificant or something like that, I can objectively say that the most recent reasons have been pretty petty.

Spoiler! :
Things like misplacing a teacup or getting a hole in my jeans.


The anxiety is pretty bad, my heart races, I get nauseous, I hyperventilate and feel like I'm going to die. I have had a history of depression and poor coping skills, but this anxiety is completely new to me. Does anyone have a (safe) way to deal with anxiety when telling yourself to 'calm down' just doesn't work?

Re: Anxiety

PostPosted: April 17th, 2011, 4:28 pm
by Antitime
anxiety is dealt with in different ways. There are a lot of 'typical' ways to calm down that I'm sure you can find on medical websites. As someone who used to suffer from frequent panic attacks, here are some of the things I did to make myself feel better.

-eat or take a nap. Tiredness and hunger often exaccerbate anxiety. Sometimes when I'm anxious I go have some of my favorite foods, and I feel better. Just be careful how often you do this, because this is also how nervous people gain a lot of weight.
-Have some tea, particularly herbal. The act of drinking tea is usually calming.
-go somewhere secluded. I tend to get agoraphobic, so being somewhere quiet and not as bright/crowded gives me time to calm down and clear my head.
-Talk to someone. Even if you're blubbering inccessantly, a calm voice can do a world of wonder to frazzled nerves.

I can't really explain why the panic attacks have started so suddenly, but as you have a history with depression it's pretty natural that it would develop to this point, as that's what happened to me as well. The trivial matters that trigger you aren't really the actual things upseting you- chances are you've been building up anxiey without realizing it, and then the slightest thing sets you off. It really sucks, and I wouldn't say it's normal, but there are things you can do to help. I would first and foremost talk to a therapist about this. They will help you work out a personalized plan for calmng yourself down in the event of a panic attack. It's possible that there is a medication that will be right for you as well, though it's important to remember not to use medication as a crutch, but an aid. Anxiety medications can be highly addictive, so it's best not to rely on them too much.

Re: Anxiety

PostPosted: April 18th, 2011, 5:52 pm
by Cookieluv246
Being a personal anxiety sufferer, I can relate to this situation. In fact I just got out of it a month or two ago. Basically anxiety attakcs usually only happen when theres an underlying problem that hasn't been solved yet. While it may happen in frivolous things, its your body telling you to solve the bigger issue at hand. What that may be for you, I don't know. It might be something that happened a long time ago that you never truly accepted, whatever it is the first step to getting better is identifying the problem. The second option is to not allow yourself to fall into the state of thinking "HOLY SHIT IM ABOUT TO DIE I CANT BREATH *HUFFHUFFHUFF*" First try ignoring it, if for some reason its still there, start rationalizing the situation either outloud or in your head. My third and foremost advice, maybe consider some medication? I'm not one who's big on it myself, but from having anxietys attacks every night to not having one for a month, pretty helpful.

BIGGEST TIP OF THE DAY. Don't acknowledge yourself having it while having it. Just dont acknowledge it and your brain will flip you off and go on its normally day. c:

Re: Anxiety

PostPosted: April 19th, 2011, 4:58 pm
by Selidor
I suffer from anxiety too, and generally for me the best way to recover from a panic attack is to have a completely normal conversation with people. Most of my friends are pretty good with this and they're quite happy to humour me by pretending I'm not having a panic attack until I calm down. I basically need to be distracted until my heart rate drops back to a reasonable level and I stop hyperventilating. I'm generally too far gone by the time I realise I'm actually having a panic attack to apply any kind of coping method on my own, so I generally need help to forcibly distract me. If there's nobody to talk to, sometimes TV can help as well.

Re: Anxiety

PostPosted: April 19th, 2011, 6:11 pm
by ejcoletta
Hmm. Something bothering you?

Re: Anxiety

PostPosted: April 21st, 2011, 11:16 am
by OnePaleChick
I used to be this way when I was young. I would cry and feel like throwing up at just the thought of going shopping. Usually there is a bigger reason behind these attacks (mine was I was terrified of people and how they saw me, now I don't give two sh*ts). I would advise going to a therapist, NOT for pills, but so you guys can find out what the underlying issue is and tackle it. Trust me, you don't want to let it continue this way, it only gets worse.

Re: Anxiety

PostPosted: April 29th, 2011, 12:58 am
by Pinali
OnePaleChick wrote:I used to be this way when I was young. I would cry and feel like throwing up at just the thought of going shopping. Usually there is a bigger reason behind these attacks (mine was I was terrified of people and how they saw me, now I don't give two sh*ts). I would advise going to a therapist, NOT for pills, but so you guys can find out what the underlying issue is and tackle it. Trust me, you don't want to let it continue this way, it only gets worse.


This. I used to have it too and it got really, cripplingly bad.
Like Onepalechick says, it went away after I resolved the underlying psychological issue. I didn't see a therapist, though - I just made friends I realised I could trust.

Re: Anxiety

PostPosted: April 29th, 2011, 7:28 am
by mossi-mo
Thanks for the advice guys. I calmed down recently. I think it was just end of the year anxiety over various things.