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Why is Anxiety so hard to control?
« on: 14/07/2004 23:20:27 »
The last few years I have for some reason had the misfortune to suffer the odd anxiety attack. I have mentioned it once before on this site as a response to someone else, but... I have to admit, they scare the living sh_its out of me !!..I just had one !!..I felt light headed and it was as if I was going to pass out and my heart was going to jump out of my chest !!..I used to get them only at nights as I lay awake, one minute I'd be fine, the next I'd be sitting in front of the fan taking deep breaths. They come unannounced but mostly when I'm alone......it totally makes me miserable....they only last for about a minute but when they start I have to get up and move, splash my face with cold water and breathe in air...that's why sitting in front of a fan ususally helps......my question is...Why is anxiety so very hard to control ?...and are there any deep rooted reasons why 'panic' attacks happen ?

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Re: Why is Anxiety so hard to control?
« Reply #1 on: 15/07/2004 02:00:13 »
I feel your pain, Neil.  I'm just recently getting mine under control.  Resolving any stressful situations in your life is pretty important in dealing with panic attacks, as is medicating yourself if necessary.  They seem to be very self-perpetuating.  If you feel one coming on and you've had one before, the very thought of knowing what's coming seems to just make it worse.  

Here's what worked for me:  Low doses of Klonopin.  (it's a benzodiazepene, like Xanax but milder)  A vacation.  Finishing my last semester of physical chemistry.  

I'm thinking there are biological reasons for having them too.  I had severely impacted wisdom teeth and I haven't had a single attack since I've had them out.  I think being in constant pain can trigger them.  Was it you that was mentioning your back problems recently?  

Basically, once my wisdom teeth came out, I cut my Klonopin dose to 1/4 of what it was originally within 2 weeks.  I forget to take it half the time, too, and I'm still ok.  However, there are other factors (like getting a decent score on the MCAT, getting into a good summer research program, and keeping my GPA up after a hard year of classes) that came into play around the same time.  It's hard to say, other than it's probably not permanent.  Don't be afraid to go see a psychiatrist.  They can evaluate you more in depth.

How often are you getting them?  Are you under any serious stress or in any pain?  Do you have a history of them?



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Re: Why is Anxiety so hard to control?
« Reply #2 on: 16/07/2004 23:22:01 »
Jay, thank you so much for your kind response.....it's very interesting you mention the self perpetuation of them because you're so right there......I ususally just worry myself into a state when the anxiety manifests itself as an attack !....To be honest, I don't get them that often  enough that I would feel it's worth a doctors consultation, but the fact that you mention stress , I am sure has a lot to do with it.....I am fully aware how self destructive stress can be but I feel it's part of my nature and probably contributes to my difficulty in getting to sleep.

With reference to your comment about a psychiatrist, I am in fact due to have an appointment with a psychiatrist to assist me with my sleep pattern and will undergo some Cognitive Behaivoural Therapy.......I will most certainly be mentioning my anxiety attacks to him as i cant but help  think that they must be related to my lack of sleep....and yes, I could do with some stress free environment too !!  That is fantastic that yours seem to have gone and that gives me hope.

I am a worrywart and find it incredibly diffiicult to relax and 'turn off' from work, as I usually bring it home with me......it's my business so I have no choice but I hope the therapy will help me to cope with the stress and put a stop to these awful attacks.

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Re: Why is Anxiety so hard to control?
« Reply #3 on: 17/07/2004 00:18:23 »
Glad to offer some words of advice, I know all to well how overwhelming and serious a true anxiety attack can be.  Good luck with the shrink appointment.  Try and weasel a few Xanax out of him at the very least, they're probably the best thing for sparse, episodic anxiety.  Just take a half-a-one if you start freaking out.  It really helps.  



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Re: Why is Anxiety so hard to control?
« Reply #4 on: 17/07/2004 22:27:05 »
If an anxiety attack were easy to control, then it wouldn't be anxiety, huh?  Sorry to hear about that problem but there are new medications that are very effective in blocking the panic response.  The shrink should be able to help on that one.
 

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Re: Why is Anxiety so hard to control?
« Reply #5 on: 17/07/2004 23:23:03 »
I suppose you're right there Nancy, what if I put it this way then ?...what can I do to stop myself thinking that I'm about to keel over and die when I am having a panic attack ?.....mostly, the attack happens on the fly....I may not even be stressed or worried about something though ,as mentioned above, I'm sure a lot of my attacks are caused by emotional stress, but there have been times when I would consider that I was well and fine and still the attack comes....and then it spirals to become panic..........Still....I hope the shrink will help me out........I already take Nitrazepam  (for my sleep) do you think that would cause a complication with the panic attack drugs ?

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Re: Why is Anxiety so hard to control?
« Reply #6 on: 18/07/2004 10:41:25 »
dont know about the drugs question but as to what you can do to stop panicking in a panick attack here is a suggestion (thuogh it might sound silly). i had a friend who was a doctor who started getting panick attacks at work, not a good thing. he suffered for years and could not find a way to control them. in the end he found a solution but it was not what he was expecting. when he feels one coming on he directs all of his panick to an image of a bowling ball hovering just above his head, he knows that if he does not concentrate on that bowling ball and panick about that, it will come crashing down on his head. this seems to work and after a few minutes of stopping and sitting and thinking (concentrating) on this, the panick starts to back off. he thinks that maybe it works because it makes you focus all of your thoughts and energies on one thing. even though it is imaginary and there is no bowling ball floating inches above his head and about to come crashing down, he believes in this and so when his thougths focus his breathing calms etc. he said that it took him a few times before he could concentrate enough for it to work quickly. a bit like training a response.

hope it helps?

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Re: Why is Anxiety so hard to control?
« Reply #7 on: 18/07/2004 12:03:45 »
Jai,....thank you very much....I'll try and try it when the next one happens......and' I'll let you know.

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Re: Why is Anxiety so hard to control?
« Reply #8 on: 08/09/2004 20:45:40 »
I have been having panic attacks for about two years now and I am still struggling to control them. If anything they have got worse. I have now reached the stage of panicking about having a panic attack. My worst situation is when I want to go out in the evening say to the pub. I dont like being in busy places and I find i start to clam up and feel like i am going to be physically sick. I constantly look for my nearest exit so never truely relax. I feel like it is ruling my life and all i want to do is be normal and have fun and meet a partner for myself. I feel my attacks have stemmed from the rejection of the love of my life 2 years ago but in my head i am past this but meeting someone else could be the new found problem and cause of my attacks....does anyone have any advice on how I could control these?
 

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Re: Why is Anxiety so hard to control?
« Reply #9 on: 08/09/2004 23:07:36 »
Betsie, I wish I had the answer for you...I just want to wish you well....the only thing I would suggest is that because the panic attacks appear to be ruling your life then you should visit your doctor who hopefully can refer you to a specialist or deal with your condition directly. There may even be a local group or association or support group etc with people in the same/similar condition.....good luck

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Re: Why is Anxiety so hard to control?
« Reply #10 on: 09/09/2004 19:58:30 »
Thanks neil. I did go to the doctor before my final exams for uni and she wanted to put me on drugs which i was very reluctant to do. The only other option was therapy but apparently the wait for that is as long as your arm! Hence I struggle on. Thanks for the advice though. I am trying Health Kinesiology in case anyone reads this with a similar issue.Its a form of re-aligning the body. Shall hope it works. Thanks again
 

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Re: Why is Anxiety so hard to control?
« Reply #11 on: 15/09/2004 13:44:22 »
Last I read they were using propanolol for panic attacks with good results.
 

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