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malign

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I'm so tired.

I can fight off panic attacks; I know what they are and what to do about them.

But you still feel the edges of them, and it is a fight, and there's nowhere to go to get away from them.

I need the world to go away.

I pray I don't get forced to make it go away.

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I pray you don't get forced to make it go away either :)

I'm so sorry you feel so bad malign. I will pray for you malign. I probably don't have the right words to help you, but I know how to talk to God, and I know He will help.

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I'm sorry you're not doing so well at the moment, malign.

All i can say, is you have alot of friends here who wish you well and lot of friends who will always listen.

Sending you hugs from England.!

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oh Malign! Panic attacks are so not fun. I feel for you! I only had one of those in my life and was wondering what in the world that was! I was driving on the highway, I remember, and I had to stop by the side of the road. I had no idea what it was or why. It was so disturbing. so, BIG BIG HUGS TO YOU indeed!

Your panic attacks, are they the ones where you suddenly, out of nowhere feel like you are disconnected from your body, can't control your breathing, and your heart races, and you need to stop whatever you are doing and just stand there and wait til it's stop while you try and regain control over your breathing? Anyway, that's how it felt for me... I wish I was there beside you when that happens and just tell you it's going to be ok.

At any rate, it's good that you can control them as much as possible. It is in fact great! I remember researching what the heck that was when I had one, and took me a while to find it as I had no T to support me and tell me what was going on at the time... And then I realized that I had have a few other episodes of these, that were averted... I thought I was going crazy, like literally, cus of the sense of total loss of control...

How long do yours last? And what do you do to control them? I know I use deep breathing, positive self talk, hum, rubbing my own shoulders, and timing: I look at the time it starts and time it, and try and feel the symptoms decrease. I tell myself this will last 30 minutes. It seems to work ok... Since then, and now that I know what they are, I have taken my ex bf out of it 3 times and also a friend who was suffering from one. It has seem to help... When they knew what it was... and that there was someone around... I know that if someone would call me, or have one right in front of me, I would understand and help again for sure.

And if I would have one too, I know what I would do is tell my friend or call my T or 911, and tell them exactly what's going on and what I need from them... and I know they would help. So many people have had one or multiple episodes like this, or near miss, it's pretty common I find.

Anyway, Hang in there Malign!

Love

T

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Thanks, tour.

When I first used to get them, around the turn of the century (!), they were worse. Even so, the biggest symptom I got was the clutching in my chest, like a hand crushing my heart. I usually got them when I was at rest, sitting in a chair in front of the TV, back in my pre-marital townhouse.

Because I wasn't exercising, and the pain didn't radiate, etc., I didn't worry about heart attack for very long. But the first couple of times, when there was still some doubt, I would worry, and they would intensify, lasting about half an hour.

Once I realized they were fear-based, I quickly learned to shut them down in a few minutes by calming myself, especially telling myself that the symptoms weren't physical. Now, there's just a hint of the clutching, and it doesn't last. But having them come back is a sort of reminder, letting me know my stress level.

So all in all, I'm doing okay. How are you?

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