I read this before but I've just started having panic attacks. Being armed with this information makes me much less afraid.
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Posted 15 August 2002 - 01:11 AM
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Posted 04 March 2003 - 11:55 PM
And guess what? It really helps! I haven't had a panic attack since I bought it! lol. Oh, the irony...**sigh**
Posted 31 March 2003 - 05:36 PM
Posted 13 October 2002 - 08:19 PM
I tried meds - 4 different kinds - all with even worse side effects than the actual attacks. I am now in cognitive behavioral therapy and it is slowly, but surely, helping. It is something I highly suggest. I also recommend finding some good audiotapes and/or books on boosting your self esteem. I rented an audiotape series from the library (free!) and I listen to it every day when I am in my car. I find that it helps me feel so much more empowered, which is something that we, as survivors, desperately need.
Some of my own coping techniques are: Becoming educated about the disorder. I read everything I can about it, learn about the symptoms (in order to remind myself that what I am feeling is NOT a heart attack or a stroke, etc, other peoples' fears, techniques, etc. It really helps to know that I am not a "weirdo" and that many, many others suffer from this disorder.
When I feel an attack coming on, something that really helps is playing a game, usually online. It keeps my mind and body focused on something other than my physical symptoms. Another thing that helps is motion. Rocking back and forth, hugging myself, writing, etc. Helps to expel some of that excess adrenaline. I have a problem with dissociating, so making sure that I stay grounded is a big thing for me. I try to touch and feel "real" things around me, talk to someone, touch myself, touch someone else. And the most helpful coping technique I have is to constantly remind myself that this is only temporary. It WILL pass. I have had numerous attacks and I have gotten through each and every one of them - and you will too.
(((HUGS))) to you all.
Posted 06 March 2003 - 04:22 PM
Also... (since I want to at least mention something about the topic) I like to hug or pet stuffed animals when I'm upset. I've also been finding calming music really helping me with anxiety lately. If I'm getting anxious, I'll put in a mix cd of calm music. Since I've been using it for a while, my body has kind of gotten used to "this means you should be calm." doesn't always work, but it at least makes me calm enough to concentrate on my next move. if you want suggestions of songs, feel free to e-mail me. :)