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Can someone tell me why we get butterflies in our stomachs. What exactly makes that happen?

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I have had panic/anxiety attacks in the past. I think the best thing that helped me was seeing a doctor and actually having someone tell me what my body was doing and why it was doing this. I was given a low dose blood pressure medication as well as lexapro. Although, I am not trying to persuade anyone into NOT taking their medication, but I refused to take the medication. I had and have ALWAYS believe that medication was a crutch and if everyone has some amount to stress in there life and they weren't on medication, then neither would I be on medication. I more or less just got fed up with always being tired and scared to the point that I would make myself have an anxiety attack. I believe that anxiety is a sickness that you yourself create. It is VERY real and VERY scary and most certainly nothing to play with, but if you can wake up every morning and have some kind of positive attitude and talk yourself out of the fear that is causing anxiety and accept the attacks when they come with a positive attitude you will find them much more manageable. In my case I had to look at myself from a different perspective and actually see how unhappy I was with.... everything. I found myself surrounded by a thick fog and I couldn't seem to get out. I was thinking more of quick lets get through this I dont have time to have anxiety that I was to busy thinking about hurrying and not making the appropriate changes to actually do something about it. The best way for me to explain is that I had to to get mad at anxiety and refuse to let that take control of MY life. You have to retrain your brain to accept the things you cannot control and the things you can control, make a change. I believe that life is all about feeling comfortable in your own skin and being HAPPY with yourself. My advice is to stand strong, think positivly and take your life back. Since I have changed my outlook on life and society I have been panic free for a year and a half and I refuse to let anxiety take control of MY life! hopefully this will help to inspire everyone that has had anxiety or a panic disorder. Never give up on yourself because YOU are worth it!

March 17, 2011 - 5:11pm
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March 11, 2015 - 8:30am
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I've been nervous about driving for a long time now! Years in fact, i mean i can drive fine i just get these butterfly's everytime im about to get into the drivers seat! It's very annoying but like Diane says by telling myself that it's going to be ok, that nobody is going to crash into me or i wont crash into anyone makes me feel a bit better. I really hate it though i wish I could just rip out the anxiety in me!

January 18, 2011 - 9:38am
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What if you like someone alot and you feel like you trust them completely but you don't get the butterflies in your tummy does that mean there is something wrong?

August 30, 2010 - 11:03pm
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thank u guys soooooooo much!!!!!! i have really BAD butterflies, because of anxiety, and they just wouldnt go away. i told myself everything was fine, and breathed in and out as i said "calm", and it went away a little. oh and my cause was cause i read the twilight series. the romance and everything was killing me with butterflies!

July 27, 2010 - 12:49pm
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i have a friend who always talks about how when new boys come into her life and how she grades them on whether or not she gets butterflies around them. this annoys me, considering i have only gotten butterflies when accidentally and awkwardly almost bumping into a boy i was unfortunately attracted to in highschool. i had no desire to date him at all, and yet he would surprise me every once in a while with that weird feeling in my belly.
meanwhile, i now have a boyfriend who i love and have dated almost a year who i never once got butterflies from. i did however get every other nervous symptom when we first started dating.

July 21, 2010 - 10:19pm
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I have read the definitions of this sensation relating to falling in love. I find myself feeling this way everytime I see this guy I really like. I define it as love because I dont really know him well enough to title it that. I sometimes feel like I'm going out of my mind. How can you feel that strongly about someone you dont really know that well? However, The feeling comes over me as soon as I see him, even to the degree of me vomiting a couple of times when I saw him.

July 16, 2010 - 12:09pm

hi there! i had replied but for some reason it did not stick so will do again. i was just recenntly diagnosed with panic disorder from my dr. and he thinks too maybe ptsd but i dont know from what. i've been on some blood pressure meds and celexa and we were wondering since anxiety is also a side effect of both that maybe instead of helping it was making it worse. i'm now on new blood pressure med and a lower dose and am now trying zoloft instead to see if anything changes. i was also taking a low dose of valium, 2 mgs, and i think that was adding to it too because it can cause rebound anxiety and as long as i took it i felt better but when it wore off i was worse again...so am tapering off of that too now. today once again i had this morning anxiety...i checked my blood pressure and it was ok so new med is helping that. i ate right away too cause dr. and i wondered if that might help too. i am calming down slowly....i've tinnitus for 9 years and in last few months it has gotten worse so that is also a constant irritation and stressor...i hope something helps real soon...

June 24, 2010 - 5:07am
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i've been having horrible unbelieveable anxiety/panic attacks and was diagnosed with with panic disorder. i constantly get butterflies when i get ready to go to bed because the anxiety is worse in the a.m. so when i go to bed it is gawd awful just anticipating what is going to come! i've tried to break this cycle but just cant do it. any help?

June 23, 2010 - 3:25pm
Pat Elliott HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Anon - Were you diagnosed with panic disorder by a medical professional? This isn't something you should attempt to deal with on your own. Is there any reason why you can't see a medical professional who can review your physical and medical history and help determine the right treatment plan for you? The sooner you get help the sooner you will feel better.

June 23, 2010 - 5:41pm
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