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Old 11-16-08, 06:31 PM   #11
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I've never had a seizure but I've came close if I don't have my xanax handy I'm really prone to it from the withdrawals + anxiety attack combined
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Old 11-18-08, 04:03 AM   #12
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Yeah, its a frightening feeling alright. Prior to the seizure, I really think I might die. Having one isn't the problem, since I'm out of it by then. I just hate the lead up.
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Delta40, I know this might not be of much help but online I've seen some free 'courses' on how to deal with panic attacks. They probably teach you things you already know, but I noticed one thing you wrote that really stuck out for me.
You said "train = panic attack".
I know it feels that way and I know you know that if you keep thinking this way it's only going to get worse.

If you can, organise a friend/family member to go on a train ride with you at a not so busy time when you don't have to be somewhere. Just get used it little bit by little bit. First time a short train ride, second time another short one, third one a bit longer with a few more people etc.
If you don't want to do this, then I guess you could always try hypnotherapy and then try the train thing. I've never had hypnotherapy myself but have heard people having great results from it when treating anxiety/panic disorders.
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Old 12-05-08, 03:40 AM   #14
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Thanks MM that is really helpful information! I will keep it under my hat. Weekend travel on the train is always more pleasant and less stressful so I could do it then if the need arises. Thank you.
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Old 12-08-08, 02:09 AM   #15
 
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Yeah, its a frightening feeling alright. Prior to the seizure, I really think I might die. Having one isn't the problem, since I'm out of it by then. I just hate the lead up.
Panic attacks suck thats for sure. I started getting them about 6 years ago, and had them bad until about a year ago. I am an extremely high strung, high energy person and the anxiety is overwhelming when if starts to flood. I have learned to essentially stop an anxiety attack though, and my methods might not help you, but it may be worth a go.

when I feel an anxiety attack coming on I first try to talk myself out of it..not reason with myself, or plead. I simply tell myself that its all in your mind, youre fucking fine calm down..and then i focus very hard on something else....whether im reading a book..driving....anything for that matter, i try to focus all of my attention on that...if that isnt working I immediately stop what im doing and do something physical....jog around the block, do sets of pushups...something that will distract my mind and my body. at this point the takacardia (sp?) that the panic attack created isnt freaky, because i just ran a half mile or did 100 pushups.....what this also does for me is that it seems to break the physical rhythm of my panic attack, and for me it seems that anxiety attacks are very rhythmic. the exertion of energy raises my blood pressure and pulse...and releases adrenaline, which are all smptoms of a panic attack, but they are natural under the circumstances of athletics...i notice that after i do something pysical my body takes the natural course of cooling down..and the panic attack is gone...

the first time i tried this it was a little scary, but i was having a bad anxiety attack and was sick of it..so i threw on some running shoes and said to myself "fuck you, if im going to die from a heart attack its not going to be sitting on the couch" i headed out the door and ran for about an hour, with a vengeance...then i realized thats what works for me.

what works for you might be different, but i suggest when having an anxiety attack trying to do something, and at least keep grinding, focusing on the physical reaction to the anxiety will only freak you out more and make it worse...

I hope to have helped in any way, and good luck
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Thanks 9bennett9. I do have an urge to get up an move around because I hate the thought of trying to keep still under those conditions. Not so easy on a train without looking conspicuous. I have tried listening to music and just lose myself in the lyrics and vision myself wherever the music takes me, even if it is a negative memory, it actually still distracts from the anxiety and I focus on playing out visual scenarios in my head. Sometimes it just defeats me - well it doesn't entirely because I still get to the station in one peace but I feel awful.
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Thanks 9bennett9. I do have an urge to get up an move around because I hate the thought of trying to keep still under those conditions. Not so easy on a train without looking conspicuous. I have tried listening to music and just lose myself in the lyrics and vision myself wherever the music takes me, even if it is a negative memory, it actually still distracts from the anxiety and I focus on playing out visual scenarios in my head. Sometimes it just defeats me - well it doesn't entirely because I still get to the station in one peace but I feel awful.
yeah, it would be tough on a train, not to mention the fact that with anxiety generally comes claustrophobia. one thing that a cardiologist told me was to remeber that its all in your mind and although it affects your body it wont kill you, you will hyperventilate and pass out before it gets dangerous, those words put it into some perspective to me, but passing out on the train wouldnt be much fun either..good luck with it..let me know if you find a remedy to stop them.
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lol. I want to avoid passing out as much as possible. Thanks
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I've had so many panic attacks it's ridiculous. Literally, all of a sudden i get a palpatation, i start shaking uncontrollably, my whole left side of my body went numb and i was practically drooling, my heartrate and blood pressure went through the roof.Mind you, i'm in my young 30's. WHat's happening is called a vagal response. "Fight or flight". Of course you are not going to die but isn't it crazy how you have this overwhelming fear that you are going to die. I needed meds for this b/c no amount of breathing would help these bad boys. And of course it's always in public just to make matters worse. The mind over body connection is a fascinating thing.
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I got one today, when I was on the phone at work. I had to ask specific questions and I went into a panic. I couldn't process the information they were giving me and I lied and said I was having system problems and transferred them to somebody else. then I realised I was have system problems anyway and didn't know if my panic attack was epilepsy or not but it all got out of control and I had to leave work.
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