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Panic attacks have started again.

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TheLibraryIsOpen Sat 23-May-15 17:02:49

Last week I had a major panic attack in the car and have avoided driving since. I have been lucky enough to get a lift into work for the past week and come home by train. Yesterday I had to get off the train miles from home and get picked up by a friend. Today I felt ill when I walked to the shop.
I came off my anxiety medication about 8 months ago and have been fine up until now. Tomorrow, friends want to meet up and have offered to pick me up but I can feel my anxiety levels rising already.
I am going to visit the Dr on Tuesday but what can I do to help myself in the meantime?
Thank you for reading,

GiddyOnZackHunt Sun 24-May-15 00:21:36

I 'm not sure how to cope without medication (propanol and sertraline for me) but lots of M N swear by Mindfullness which is, I think, an app.

honeyandfizz Mon 25-May-15 10:48:57

I have just recovered from an episode of acute anxiety and panic attacks. I too was put on medication - diazepam and propranolol for the immediate relief and sertraline for longer term. I also did what giddy suggested and tried some relaxation from the mindfulness app and have just started CBT. I think you are doing the right thing by going back to your GP as it may be that you need medication for a time and also some sort of therapy. I know how awful it can be and how it limits you life.

I am feeling so much better now but i did have a reason for my anxiety which has now been resolved so that has made things better. Take each day at a time and if you feel a panic attack coming don't fight it. Try and tell yourself that you aren't going to die and calm down your breathing - you will recover its just a horrible feeling at the time xx

TheLibraryIsOpen Mon 25-May-15 18:43:56

Thank you for the replies. I went out with my friends yesterday and despite initial feeling of anxiety managed to have a good time. I went to my brothers today and felt fine - a little tearful but ok. Now I am home I feel really anxious for no reason. Will contact Dr tomorrow first thing.

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