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Since the fire I have suffered from panic attacks.
My very first attack was 2 days after the fire. I was sat in the council offices waiting room ready to find out if we could have somewhere to live. I come over with fear (the fire exit was the other side of the room) my heart was pounding and I started to cry.
My husband took me out for fresh air and a coffee. We went back and my body would not stop shaking and I just kept crying. I could not control it.
My second panic attack was 2 days later they put us in a hotel. Soon as I walked in the door I knew something was not right. They showed us our room, I walked slowly picking and my fingers my first words was “where are the fire exits”. The manager explained it was the door we come in from.
That was it I backed to the wall my whole body was shaking, I started hyperventilating, my heart was pounding so fast I was all sweaty and dizzy, I was screaming “NO NO NO NO PLEASE PLEASE NO” My husband grabbed me and dragged me out telling me I did not have to go back in there,
We stayed with my sister in-law until we got our new house. I have stopped going out and when I do as soon as my hands start going and my breathing a leave where ever I am. I cannot keep going the way I am I take medication but it’s not working, why?
Panic attacks are ruining my life
I have spoken to a councillor on the phone and she said it’s the FEAR OF FEAR and having sessions will help. I had an appointment with the jobcentre and again it happened as soon as I have calmed down and feel safer I feel so silly and stupid, I should be able to control this but I just cannot.
These are tips I got offline but I still struggle. I am a smoker and I am addicted to caffeine. Learn about panic. Simply knowing more about panic can go a long way towards relieving your distress.
So I read up on anxiety, panic disorder, and the fight-or-flight response experienced during a panic attack. You’ll learn that the sensations and feelings you have when you panic are normal and that you aren’t going crazy.
Avoid smoking and caffeine. Smoking and caffeine can provoke panic attacks in people who are susceptible. As a result, it’s wise to avoid cigarettes, coffee, and other caffeinated beverages. Also be careful with medications that contain stimulants, such as diet pills and non–drowsy cold medications.
Learn how to control your breathing as hyperventilation brings on many sensations (such as lightheadedness and tightness of the chest) that occur during a panic attack. Deep breathing, on the other hand, can relieve the symptoms of panic.
By learning to control your breathing, you develop a coping skill that you can use to calm yourself down when you begin to feel anxious. If you know how to control your breathing, you are also less likely to create the very sensations that you are afraid of.
Practice relaxation techniques. When practiced regularly, activities such as yoga, meditation, and progressive muscle relaxation strengthen the body’s relaxation response—the opposite of the stress response involved in anxiety and panic.
They also increase feelings of joy and equanimity. So make time for them in your daily routine.
Do you suffer from panic attacks? What works for you?
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