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Panic attacks

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Smileandmakemyday Thu 06-Feb-14 21:26:17

Can anyone help me deal with panic attacks? What is the best way to get through them etc please hmm

Smileandmakemyday Thu 06-Feb-14 21:31:54


Forgossake Thu 06-Feb-14 21:37:53

I do not suffer from regular panic attacks myself but a very close friend does and the main thing she relies on are the beta blockers that her doctor prescribed. She only needs to take them occasionally when she starts to feel panicky. They calm her racing heart and relax her quite quickly.

She also concentrates on her breathing and apparently exercise or moving about helps.

I have only ever had one panic attack in my life and it was terrifying but there are a lot of resources and coping strategies available online if you google. Please see your doctor, they will completely understand and be able to help xx

accessorizequeen Thu 06-Feb-14 21:45:40

Sorry this is happening. I get them a lot. They're related to anxiety so can you identify what you're anxious about? If there are certain situations that set you off you may be able to prepare for them or avoid. Breathing is very important because panicky people tend to hyperventilate which makes the panic worse. But personally I found mindfulness really helpful, I try to accept that I'm feeling panicky and let it just be. Telling myself not to panic is pointless but mindfulness is a useful technique and within a few minutes I feel better.loads of books etc about it. Also, once you've had the panic attack and survived smile give yourself a pat on the back. Helps take away the fear and anxiety a bit - you can beat them!

basia2 Sun 09-Feb-14 22:10:45

I would like to know, too.
I've been having them recently, sometimes several a week, with sweating, heart racing, and sometimes a ringing in my ears. I can induce one just by thinking about something scary (one of my "triggers": such as having a disease or my children being ill, or my husband getting in a car accident, etc).
It's terrible, life has been kind to me, yet I always feel I'm on the brink of disaster.
I would love to know how to deal with the attacks, if anyone has found a way.

Beckamaw Sun 09-Feb-14 22:59:55

Beta blockers - propranolol specifically. Take a few minutes to work, but calm you down completely.
Speak to your GP.

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Smileandmakemyday Tue 11-Feb-14 16:21:22

I've made a dr apt.. Very nervous

FuckyNell Tue 11-Feb-14 16:25:25

I found my panic and anxiety subsided once I started hrt. It's a classic symptom of perimenopause. Who knew? smile

WithanAnotE Tue 11-Feb-14 17:54:29

Panic attacks can be caused by a number of things. The good news is that your GP will have seen many people present for this. Try not to worry about seeing GP (really hard I know when you're seeing them for panic attacks confused)!

The even better news is, even if it's not caused by a specific a physiological factor, as already suggested there are a number of meds that can really help as well as a number of effective therapy options.

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