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ask: How do I get rid of my anxiety?

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I'm 20 years old and my anxiety just recently hit me out of no where!
I had a panic attack while I was out to dinner, I wasn't really all that nervous, but my body completely freaked out on me and I felt like I was dying. It was so bad I had to sit in my car and wait on everyone to finish without me. Now i'm afraid to have another attack. I'm thinking about it so much that every time I go out i end up having one. I went to the atm and got so nervous I thought I was going to pass out. Every time I go up to purchase something at the store I feel the same way.

It's gotten to the point where I don't even want to leave my house anymore.
I recently started a new job working from home, and I was thinking that might be a trigger adjusting to not being out of the house as much but that doesn't explain a full blown attack like i'm having.

I can't go to the doctor just yet, and I don't really want to be dependent on meds for the rest of my life. I don't know what to do! I can't stop worrying about having an attack every time I leave the house!!!

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Anonymous

Hi Anonymous,

I recently have the diagnosis of anxiety. I feel fear, rapid heart beat, the feeling that I cannot breath and it landed me in the emergency room at age 34 thinking I was having a heart attack. I am still trying to manage this as my body is reacting without my knowing. I wake up in the middle of the night in full swing (punching) and I thank God that there is no one laying next to me as I think it would be considered abuse if I actually hit someone. After my fear from waking up, I cannot breath since the full on punch took all my energy.

I do not wonder why I feel this way. I am 30 days shy of losing my job, my house and my ability to survive. My head tells me everything will be ok, but someone please tell my body that since it obviously speaks another language. Stress related anxiety. Deep breathing and taking time to find a quiet place until you relax has helped me but certainly has not cured me of my anxiety attacks. Your not alone.

Recognize that you have an issue and seek help from your physician. Going through this myself, I know there is no simple answer, rather time will help us all.

 

Good luck,

Missie

February 5, 2012 - 5:18am
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Anonymous

Hi,
So many many people feel the same way that you do, so the first thing to say is that you are not alone.
Buy a book called 'Self-Help For Your Nerves' by Dr Claire Weeks ISBN 978-0-7225-3155-6
It is so very very helpful.
best wishes.

February 5, 2012 - 3:15am
Rosa Cabrera RN

Hi Anonymous,

I'm sorry you've been suffering from panic/anxiety attacks lately. It is important that you seek medical treatment and proper diagnosis but in the meantime, you can try some relaxation techniques such as meditation and applied relaxation and yoga to help reduce the anxiety. You may also find that cutting caffeine out of your diet may help reduce anxiety and panic attacks.

Here are some articles you may also find helpful: http://www.empowher.com/panic-disorder/content/panic-attacks

http://www.empowher.com/media/reference/panic-disorder

Remember to please find a qualified therapist soon.

-Rosa 

December 29, 2011 - 7:43am
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