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Old 01-20-09, 12:50 AM   #1
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I feel like I'm on edge all the time, would like to know some methods to face it and possibly why its happening, I can't even tell what it's a reaction to since it happens all the time and seems like it's just the normal me when really its torture....
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Old 01-20-09, 02:46 PM   #2
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One of the things that seems to help a lot of people is deep breathing. Slow breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth. I try focusing on something else. Try something that uses a different part of your brain...like math problems...count backwards from 1000 by 7's. Also reading if you can concentrate can be calming. Hope these help a little. I know that it can be hard dealing with anxiety. Also have you talked to a terapist about it?
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Old 01-21-09, 12:14 AM   #3
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yea I've talked to therapist, got meds etc... focusing on breathing really help me feel better in panic attacks. I get anxious from reading actually, otherwise I would say that's good suggestion lol. It's just frustrating to me not knowing why I am this way, I am constantly trying to find reasoning..
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Anxiety is caused by the lack of happiness chemical in your brain.
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i get anxious all the time whether its just popping down to my local shop or going to the cinema, I know theres nothing to be scared of but i just cant help it
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hey eternity,

when I can't "make" myself calm down (ie breathing doesnt work etc), sometimes I have really really hot showers.

if its really bad, sometimes I just start running, or punching (a bag that is)... sometimes the exercise is tiring, and that helps me to feel less anxious afterwards

if its in the moment, and I can't go and do any of those things, sometimes I sing (out loud or in my head) favourite songs, or silly songs, or songs from when I was growing up etc (eg. imagine me and you, I do, I think about you day and night, it's only right to think about the one you love...)

If I can spend time with people, I hang around with them for a bit- even if its just someone else to go to the shops with, or maybe they are watching tv, and I just sit in the same room with them, and its kind of vicarious distraction
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Old 02-19-09, 09:32 AM   #7
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I recently broke up with my boyfriend and its been the trigger to most of my panic attacks, if I come across anything that reminds me of him I feel that initial wave of panic before I go into full hyperventilation mode.
It is getting better with time but only slightly, I'm scared of facing it head on at the moment by trying to desensitise the things triggering them so I was wondering if anyone had any better ways of doing this?

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engima, totally understand how you feel. this is my life all the time also. deep breathing helps ALOT. try focusing on just the breathing out, and not breathing in. do that a certain number of times, like 6 or 8. then on the last one feel the calm setting it. it works well for me. but breathing is only good when you are on your own in a private place. but when it is happening on the spot...

that is something i would really love to know also. lol.

and as to the causes...well thats really up to you to figure out, it could be a number of things. i still have no idea what triggers my panic attacks. it has gotten to the point where just the very thought of having a panic attack GIVES me a panic attack. it really is a self perpetuated and insanely difficult thing to deal with, and i know first hand. on egde 24/7 even around family and friends. and true panic setting in when im in public.

do you have any idea what could be causing your anxiety?. like even a slight idea?
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Anxiety is caused by the lack of happiness chemical in your brain.
It feels more like mania. Like the presence of some chemical, rather than the absence of one.
When I'm having severe anxiety, I can't sit still. I'm like a little wind-up toy, pacing back and forth, back and forth, rubbing my hands together, chewing on my fingernails or the insides of my cheeks, sometimes jabbering a mile a minute about nothing in particular, sometimes picking at my skin. The amount of energy I have during panic attacks is quite incredible.
But it's a compulsive, non-productive, unfocused kind of energy.
It feels, quite frankly, like meth or some sort of speed.
It's a pretty terrible feeling, at least to me.
Hard to believe that the lack of a happiness chemical can make a person so wound up.
It feels more like bad chemicals are being dumped into the bloodstream, triggering a "fight-or-flight" reaction.
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Like the presence of some chemical, rather than the absence of one.
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very much so. and YES the energy comment. i wish i could convert all the energy i have during a panic attack into productive, self confidence and just roll with it. instead it is exactly what you said...mania.

it doesnt feel like something is missing, it feels like a hyperinjection of a million different chemicals all at once into your mind
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