Panic Attack?

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Registered: 12-19-2001
Panic Attack?
Mon, 11-18-2013 - 8:01pm

The strangest thing happened to me while driving yesterday.  Not sure why but I started thinking and couldn't stop.  Basically I was psychoanalyzing myself.  I mean, really deap thoughts about my ex and how I loved him so much but all he ever did was treat me like crap. He was all I ever wanted for years but I never really "had" him.  Nothing ever made him happy.  Then I started thinking about MB from work and how I've let him toy with me for almost a year now. He makes me happy and supposedly I make him happy but still, I'll never have him either because of the age thing. And in my mind I want more for him than me anyway but in my heart, that's another story.  Seems like I always fall for the guys I can't have. And a lot of other bad things went through my mind still birth, my miscarriage, my brother dying.  Next thing I knew my heart was pounding in my chest and silent huge tears flooded my face uncontrollably.  My hands were clammy and yet I was freezing.  Nothing like that ever happened to me before. That went on for about 10 minutes and then my heart slowed and all was okay again. What the heck? Has anything like that ever happened to anyone of you?  If so what do you do about it?  Scared me and I don't want it to ever happen again.  Wow, my heart beat so hard I thought for a minute I was going to die.

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Registered: 01-02-2008
Tue, 11-19-2013 - 1:50pm

wow sorry you had that panic attack and yes I know what they are and have had them..

Well for now I would look into just living in the moment and stop reliving your past.. Yes I know how challenging that is but when your mind starts wandering to negative t houghts just start right away thinking of something else.. I actually do EFT for this and  you can go to utube and check videos on panic attacks. It truly works.. Now if you are in your car you can tap on your fingers and the utube videos will show you how to do this when you are out and about.... No its not crazy and it works.

The other thing I would check is your vitamin and magnesium levels.. Magnesium which is called a calm drink at healthfood store should be taken by all ...... Magnesium will calm your and calm the heart..

The other thing that will calm you down is lemon balm and rescue remedy.. So go to health food store and see what herbs and things you can take for calming down..

Exercise also helps with panic and eating right and making sure you have no food allergies..... I also use a tablespoon of organic apple cidar vinegar in a glass of water.. Oh; and sea salt might also have a calming effect.. Just check out different thi ngs for you. Not every person is the same..

What you want to do is calm the mind and change the behavior.. When you start thinking bad and racing thoughts change the channel if you can in your brain.. Start looking at a tree and grass and the road and start thinking more positive.. Like oh; what a lovely tree and start he positive momentums..

If all else fails you might want to l ook into counseling or a support group.. You might have unresolved issues and PTSD FROM THE past and that all has to be addressed..

hope this helps.. I am not a doctor but these things have helped me alot..

take care

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Registered: 12-03-2006
Tue, 11-19-2013 - 6:51pm

sounds like it. I hope you will not get a recurrence. Get a book on how to treat yourself. It's just too long for me to describe here. But if that doesn't help and you keep getting symptoms then visit a doctor.  You may need meds for a while but it would go away with treatment.