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Anxiety/panic attacks

On 18 Aug 2018 at 12:12pm Sausage wrote:
Just had a nasty panic attack while out shopping. Anyone else a sufferer? What do you do to cope?
On 18 Aug 2018 at 12:17pm Wanderer wrote:
Lived with it for years until I had a diagnosis and now I understand my condition but I find the best thing is either escape to a quiet place even the car helps and plan your shopping trips like avoiding busy times, myself I have to wear earplugs sometimes as noises overwhelm me like tills beeping and tannoys.
Try and find if there a pattern or early warning like trapped wind heartburn or sweaty palms.
On 18 Aug 2018 at 1:26pm Sausage wrote:
Thanks, did you try counselling or medication at all? Do you manage ok day to day?
On 18 Aug 2018 at 1:31pm Panic button wrote:
Counselling can certainly help and your GP can prescribe betablockers to have on standby. I'd start by strong to identify any possible reasons - changes to health, life events etc and be kind to yourself.
On 18 Aug 2018 at 2:05pm Warning wrote:
Be careful with drugs side of things, this can get you into a bit of a cycle quite quickly. Try cbt , meditation tapes or well being first. Easy to end up on anti depressants . Sleeping tablets etc all to easily. Some doctors are far to quick to take this path as itís an easy option for them. Younger doctors seem better informed. It is manageable and it will not harm you or kill you.
On 18 Aug 2018 at 3:28pm Sorry to hear it wrote:
I've witnessed loved ones with this, and it's horrid and frightening for them, but it may be just a passing thing and with luck they will be rare or even go away. As suggested, I'd try and get to somewhere quieter, and you could then try the old first aid trick of breathing into a paper bag (NOT plastic, for obvious reasons, you don't want to add suffocation to your problems...) Not sure why it works - to do with oxygen levels, or possibly just helps to concentrate on something else! - but it does seem to be effective and easy to carry one with you. Also try Rescue Remedy, available in Boots, again very effective though I'm not sure why. Brilliant for any stressful situations. Good luck!
On 18 Aug 2018 at 4:42pm Sausage wrote:
Thanks everyone. I hate it, itís so horrible when it happens and I spend lots of time worrying it might happen. Hope I manage to beat it.
On 18 Aug 2018 at 8:44pm Wanderer wrote:
You won't beat it just learn what your triggers are and go from there.
I suffer with noise it's like my senses are super tuned to every sound.
On 18 Aug 2018 at 10:24pm May help ? wrote:
Not sure if this might help but Asda has a quite shop hour you might have to ring to find out times and day .. where they dim the lights , doesnít play music and its not so busy ! Its put into place to help people with autism and I sure I read somewhere that Tesco do it too .. but please ring and find out ! Hope this might help
On 19 Aug 2018 at 8:41pm Rugby Rob wrote:
No canít say Iíve had one.
On 20 Aug 2018 at 12:28pm stevied wrote:
Learn to recognise the signs of an oncoming attack - part of the problem is panicking about the panic attack! Remind yourself of the times it happened before and, although frightening and unpleasant, remember that you got through it then and you'll get through the next one

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