Anxiety/Panic attack.

So lastnight in the middle of the morning and woke up in a blind panic. I didn’t know what was going on. Think I had a panic attack but I don’t know why or for what reason it happend. I never knew they could happen when you’re asleep. I can’t think why it would happen work has been stressful lately but it’s never affected me before. Now my mind is working overtime trying to figure out why which probably won’t help.

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18 thoughts on “Anxiety/Panic attack.

      1. I don’t get panic attacks but reading that sentence does help a little for when I’m feeling down. Maybe taking deep breaths and imagining yourself on the beach with the waves lapping against the shore and the sun setting in the horizon, or any other serene atmosphere you like?

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  1. Panic attacks are horrible. I’ve only had 1 major panic attack but plenty of smaller, less severe anxiety attacks. Stress has strange ways of impacting the mind and attacks can happen almost anytime or anywhere. I always find writing with no particular purpose very helpful immediately after one because it gets all the mucky stuff out. I keep those writings private. One my my favorite affirmations is “well, that happened”. I leave it at just that because what has happened can’t be changed but it doesn’t have to negatively influence anything that happens after it. If you can, take some time for yourself and do something that relaxes you. I hope you’re feeling better soon! Anxiety and panic are awful beasts to face.

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      1. I don’t blame you. They are freaky to experience. The worst one I had actually landed me in the emergency room convinced I was having a heart attack or something awful. I hope neither of us have to experience any more!

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  2. As a person who has Panic Disorder, I know how awful it is to have an episode (a panic attack) and not know where in the world it came from. I’m so sorry that this has happened to you and you don’t really have a clue why. While it’s true that some common panic attacks occur because of some sort of trigger or stress in life, that’s not always the case. For me, at least, I have an episode at least once every single day (if I’m lucky it’ll skip a day). There’s no rhyme or reason for the ones I get, that’s just what it’s like to have Panic Disorder. The biggest help (and I don’t mean to sound cheesy at all) is practicing various breathing exercises because when I go through one of these attacks I tend to hyperventilate and it’s taxing on my body to do that every day. I agree with JBlaide’s comment, free writing is a great way to make your body go back to homeostasis and it relaxes the mind into a sense of calm normalcy. And it really is important to let yourself know, out loud if possible, that this has just happened and you are okay in spite of it. You can’t really change what has just happened to you but you can change the way you react to it by simply reassuring yourself that you are indeed safe. I hope this helps and you feel better soon! Reach out whenever if you want to vent out anxiety problems. I’m always open to discussion!

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    1. Thank you to you and Jblaide for the reassuring comments. It’s nice to talk to people who understand what it’s like. They’re a horrible experience to go through and I can’t imagine what it’s like to go through it everyday. You must be a very strong individual. It is very taxing on the body as I do the same I start hyperventilating. Thank you for the help it’s really appreciated and I will vent on here when needed as it really does help alot.

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  3. For me, panic attacks and anxiety are triggered not only from stress but also from diet. Specifically caffeine. Coffee one day wont be a big deal but if I drink strong caffeinated drinks more than a few days in a row then I spend the next couple of days fighting off panic and feeling anxious. It started when developing stomach issues like acid reflux and heartburn, I had to do a lot of diet changes but one thing I remember talking with my Dr. about was that acidic foods and drinks (coffee being one of them) cause inflammation of the stomach and it puts pressure on your lungs just enough for a feeling of shortness of breath and then bam, a panic attack. Over eating in one sitting can cause a similar effect. So I cut coffee out and instead drink one cup of lightly brewed black tea a day with a little creamer or cream and a little sugar, I changed a few things from my diet and now the attacks are quite few and far between. One thing I do while I am experiencing one that helps me get through it quicker is breathing and meditation, I’ll say to myself as I inhale “in with the good” and as I exhale “out with the bad” and continue that until it ends but it does seems to help. I feel for you and am sorry that you had to experience that especially in the middle of sleeping (those are the worst because you cant catch the signs and start talking yourself out of them) but maybe look back to before falling asleep and see if you ate too much or something different or had a couple extra cups of coffee or something that day. Not everyone is the same so it might not be a diet thing for you like it was for me but I thought I’d share my experience with you 🙂

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    1. I actually had some stomach issues also. So had to change diet and cut out certain foods as I was getting an upset stomach. I am on medication for the foreseeable future by the looks of it. I think I will try the breathing techniques if it happens again. I think I was ok when I went to bed then the next thing I know it happend. I never knew you could have one while you’re asleep.

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      1. I’ve had it happen to me in the past too, I think waking up in the middle of the night having a panic attack is worse than during the day. I hope the breathing exercises help if it happens again!

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  4. Great to read all the amazing and helpful comments and for you to share this experience! Panic attacks are no joke and can manifest in a lot of different ways. Hyperventilation, tightness in your chest that feels like a heart attack, fainting, and the list goes on. I have them pretty consistently but you wouldn’t know it as I’m just used to them now. Its just my bodies way of releasing the tension and sometimes telling me “Yo dude, you’ve got some shit you need to address.” For someone who’s suffered from severe anxiety as long as I’ve been alive (I literally don’t remember a time I’ve not been anxious, its like when (insert worst person you know) comes over and then wont leave) a great thing that works for me is making a True/False list. I list down everything I’m worried about, anyone and anything that is making me anxious. Then I write down what I believe about that particular scenario and if its a True Belief (Grounded in Reality) or a False Belief (Complete BS). Such as “Work is really stressing me out – I’m stressed out because my boss is on my back about finishing those TPS reports, he’s a dick, I feel like I’m failing, clients we’re being asshats today, and I feel like I might lose my job if I don’t get it together.”
    I would then put in the True Column: My Boss is dick, but only sometimes. I just don’t like the way he treats me, but he obviously has some issues in life that don’t have anything to do with me. Its not right what he does but I need to separate myself from that as much as possible and thats on me.
    Then in the False Column: I might lose my job. That is something thats possible but I’m just stressed because I feel pressured. No one has said anything about me being fired nor acted like it might happen. I’ve always done a good job and continue to do a good job. Any company would be lucky to have me. I’ve got to work on my self worth and realize I am good enough. Worrying about something I can’t control does me no good, I need to stop that.
    That’s just a brief example, I’ve got pages and pages of this stuff. Its helps me really identify why I’m feeling certain things and certain ways. I cannot control people or situations, the only thing I can control is myself and my reactions. If I’m anxious its probably because I’m not addressing something and need to take care of myself. Hope this helps!

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    1. That’s some really good advice. I should probably do a list like that as I think it will help. I did write on here and it made me feel better especially knowing I wasn’t the only one. I find it hard to talk to people about it but using my blog as an outlet is really helping. Thank you for taking time to comment I really appreciate it.

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