Ralph Posted December 17, 2011 Report Share Posted December 17, 2011 To anyone with experience dealing with panic attacks how do you handle the dizzy feeling? I had a bad panic attack last night and this morning I am still a little raw, but worst is the dizziness. I can't stand right now, can barely sit, which is making me more worried which is feeding into more panic. My body is telling me there is an emergency but looking around I have nothing to fight or flee from so it's like I'm stuck in a feedback loop. On the bright side, I'm no longer considering suicide; funny how thinking one is about to die sort of puts that into perspective :/The rest is some more detail but you don't have to read it unless you want to know what I've already done and the results:Exercise - 45 min spin class. Felt better for about 45 minutes after the class and felt worse shortly thereafter.Drinking water - sometimes that has helped in the pastDeep breathing 11 minutes lying down focusing on abdominal breathI haven't run screaming into traffic but the thought keeps crossing my mind. My internal cave man wants to go grapple with a saber toothed tiger or something, closest match nearby would be a passing Mercedes right? It's like if I keep myself distracted I'm okay except the dizziness makes it hard for me to distract myself. I've been trying to get some chores done and I keep feeling like I'm going to faint. I'm running through my strategies for coping and it is helping the anxiety but the dizzy feeling keeps it coming back and my strategies aren't doing much against that. I've freaked out before from taking too much MJ (when I was much younger, not recently of course) and it feels very much like that except I haven't taken anything so I can't reassure myself I'll be coming down in a couple hours. Plus I've been keyed up for approx 16 hours now so my calming self talk is starting to lose credibility. I don't know how bad this sounds but insofar as I'm freaking out my efforts to self-edit are a little impaired. Please take idiotic things in this message as an indication of how short circuited my brain is right now rather than how I would normally represent myself. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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