I think I just had a panic attack - Forums at Psych Central



advertisement
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-26-2019, 07:59 PM #1
Louella Louella is offline
Junior Member
 
Member Since: Apr 2019
Location: UK
Posts: 22
Louella Louella is offline
Junior Member
Louella has no updates.
 
Member Since: Apr 2019
Location: UK
Posts: 22

14 hugs
given
Default I think I just had a panic attack

Iím honestly at my wits end and I donít know what to do.

I have had social anxiety for around 10 years now. Itís not a nice thing to have but honestly it has been just about manageable although very hard.

At the start of the year I decided to do an online course of cbt for anxiety and although i did find some of it interesting it has not reduced my anxiety. In fact, since I started the course it has gotten notably worse to the point where Iím really struggling to cope.

Prior to starting the course I would feel anxious in the run up to social events and when speaking to people on the phone and in person. I normally take a beta blocker to help with the physical symptoms and that lets me just about manage in the social situations.

Now though what was working before isnít helping at all. I feel like Iím constantly in fight or flight mode even when Iím at home on my own where I used to be fine and have little to no anxiety. Now itís constantly there and I have waves of anxiety throughout the day, it has been relentless.

I think itís linked to booking an appointment with a psychotherapist who Iím supposed to see face to face for the first time in two weeks (Iíve so far had a phone consultation).

Since I booked the appointment stuff from my past has been really intense and tonight as a memory came to mind I got upset then couldnít control my breathing and I think had a panic attack. I couldnít breathe properly, my heart was racing, I felt really hot, I was shaking and my lips were tingling. I managed to tell myself to try and calm down and then used a relaxation app on my watch to help calm my breathing but it was horrible and only the second panic attack (if it was that) that Iíve ever had, the last being probably over 10 years ago.

I really donít know what to do. I donít know how much longer I can deal with so much intense anxiety 24/7. I keep thinking about cancelling the therapy appt as this would perhaps reduce the anxiety but then I know Iím not dealing with it and it might just come back anyway. Iím really worried about not being able to cope with talking about past trauma and spiralling out of control like I did when it first happened. Iím also struggling with
Possible trigger:
and I really think itís all the feelings being brought back up from the past.

I havenít dealt with stuff from my past in around 10 years and I was diagnosed with ptsd back then so Iím not sure if thatís linked but I could really use any words of advice if anyone has struggled in a similar way in the run up to therapy etc.

Also for anyone in the UK. It seems like my appointments could be up to a month apart as itís through my gp so I ring to book the next one after each appt and the second was 3 weeks away. Iím seriously worried about bringing stuff up then sitting on it on my own for up to a month (Iím really struggling with being okay right now). If you see someone through your gp have you been able to book regular weekly sessions or do you have to just take the next available appt?

Sorry this post is so long and thanks for reading if you got this far
Louella is offline   Reply With QuoteReply With Quote

advertisement
Old 04-27-2019, 02:11 AM #2
Crypts_Of_The_Mind's Avatar
Crypts_Of_The_Mind Crypts_Of_The_Mind is online now
Magnate
 
Member Since: Nov 2015
Location: Tennessee
Posts: 2,848
Crypts_Of_The_Mind Crypts_Of_The_Mind is online now
Magnate
Crypts_Of_The_Mind's Avatar
Crypts_Of_The_Mind has no updates.
 
Member Since: Nov 2015
Location: Tennessee
Posts: 2,848 (SuperPoster!)

3 yr Member
2,392 hugs
given
Default Re: I think I just had a panic attack

Honestly - I have PTSD and anxiety, as well as a couple other things - and yes one can trigger the other. It's referred to as a "domino effect".

I am in the same boat as you - have not had issues for several years until recently and now the things I used to use just are not. It's been so long I'm having to ask "was this an anxiety/panic attack" sometimes bc I don't always recognize the symptoms as being "definitive".

From what you describe, it sounds like you had a trigger that set off your PTSD and in turn your PTSD triggered off a panic attack. (domino effect)

As to how to prevent that particular type of thing from happening .. if you know your triggers you can avoid them, or if you know how to control your responses to them - be sure to be in tune with when you are starting to get too worked up around the thing that triggers you n remove yourself from the trigger immediately.

Once you find yourself in a PTSD episode - grounding techniques work sometimes. If you can catch yourself before you get too far into the episode sometimes you can prevent the domino effect from occurring.

If you find yourself in a panic attack - that's when you need relaxation methods or techniques.. I am not sure what you have tried so I dont know what to suggest.

For coping during the time between sessions - I would reccommend daily walks. Walking is good for many reasons. I wrote a post regarding it in the depression forum but it pertains to anxiety for the same reason.

You can read it if you like.

Some Old Advice - from the earth

Serotonin is well-known for treating depression but it is also something the body naturally produces .. and something which the body uses as an anxiety attack inhibitor, so when you read through that post - do not dismiss the information regarding serotonin, please. It will help a lot. Much love to you. ❤
__________________
Life is not measured by the amount of breaths you take, but by the moments that take your breath away
Crypts_Of_The_Mind is online now   Reply With QuoteReply With Quote
Old 05-01-2019, 02:21 PM #3
Louella Louella is offline
Junior Member
 
Member Since: Apr 2019
Location: UK
Posts: 22
Louella Louella is offline
Junior Member
Louella has no updates.
 
Member Since: Apr 2019
Location: UK
Posts: 22

14 hugs
given
Default Re: I think I just had a panic attack

Quote:
Originally Posted by Crypts_Of_The_Mind View Post
Honestly - I have PTSD and anxiety, as well as a couple other things - and yes one can trigger the other. It's referred to as a "domino effect".

I am in the same boat as you - have not had issues for several years until recently and now the things I used to use just are not. It's been so long I'm having to ask "was this an anxiety/panic attack" sometimes bc I don't always recognize the symptoms as being "definitive".

From what you describe, it sounds like you had a trigger that set off your PTSD and in turn your PTSD triggered off a panic attack. (domino effect)

As to how to prevent that particular type of thing from happening .. if you know your triggers you can avoid them, or if you know how to control your responses to them - be sure to be in tune with when you are starting to get too worked up around the thing that triggers you n remove yourself from the trigger immediately.

Once you find yourself in a PTSD episode - grounding techniques work sometimes. If you can catch yourself before you get too far into the episode sometimes you can prevent the domino effect from occurring.

If you find yourself in a panic attack - that's when you need relaxation methods or techniques.. I am not sure what you have tried so I dont know what to suggest.

For coping during the time between sessions - I would reccommend daily walks. Walking is good for many reasons. I wrote a post regarding it in the depression forum but it pertains to anxiety for the same reason.

You can read it if you like.

Serotonin is well-known for treating depression but it is also something the body naturally produces .. and something which the body uses as an anxiety attack inhibitor, so when you read through that post - do not dismiss the information regarding serotonin, please. It will help a lot. Much love to you. ❤
Thank you for taking the time to reply and write such a thoughtful reply. Iím sorry to see you are also struggling, I hope today has been a better day for you?

I think the trigger was that something from my past popped into my head and it kind of felt so real like I was there and it was happening right then. Thatís something I havenít experienced before. I get flashbacks/thoughts and images of what happened but never has it felt like it did then.

The stupid thing is I told my t during a phone appt that I didnít have panic attacks (which at the time I hadnt) and then suddenly here I am having one a week later.

Iím not even sure if I still have ptsd or if it can go away? When I was diagnosed around 10 years ago I went to maybe 2/3 counselling appointments which I didnít find helpful. I then moved away from the area and tried to forget about it all. My depression after the event did go away but I have had anxiety I would say probably since it happened and now I have decided to delve into the past again Iím feeling really down and depressed again so I really donít know where I stand on if I still have it or not, who knows. I guess I might find out after a few face to face sessions.

Thank you for sharing the link to your post. I have been trying to get out and walk more as itís part of my exposure therapy but I do find some days I just canít get out and about.
Louella is offline   Reply With QuoteReply With Quote
Hugs from:
Old 05-01-2019, 03:05 PM #4
Crypts_Of_The_Mind's Avatar
Crypts_Of_The_Mind Crypts_Of_The_Mind is online now
Magnate
 
Member Since: Nov 2015
Location: Tennessee
Posts: 2,848
Crypts_Of_The_Mind Crypts_Of_The_Mind is online now
Magnate
Crypts_Of_The_Mind's Avatar
Crypts_Of_The_Mind has no updates.
 
Member Since: Nov 2015
Location: Tennessee
Posts: 2,848 (SuperPoster!)

3 yr Member
2,392 hugs
given
Default Re: I think I just had a panic attack

Quote:
Originally Posted by Louella View Post
Thank you for taking the time to reply and write such a thoughtful reply. Iím sorry to see you are also struggling, I hope today has been a better day for you?

I think the trigger was that something from my past popped into my head and it kind of felt so real like I was there and it was happening right then. Thatís something I havenít experienced before. I get flashbacks/thoughts and images of what happened but never has it felt like it did then.

The stupid thing is I told my t during a phone appt that I didnít have panic attacks (which at the time I hadnt) and then suddenly here I am having one a week later.

Iím not even sure if I still have ptsd or if it can go away? When I was diagnosed around 10 years ago I went to maybe 2/3 counselling appointments which I didnít find helpful. I then moved away from the area and tried to forget about it all. My depression after the event did go away but I have had anxiety I would say probably since it happened and now I have decided to delve into the past again Iím feeling really down and depressed again so I really donít know where I stand on if I still have it or not, who knows. I guess I might find out after a few face to face sessions.

Thank you for sharing the link to your post. I have been trying to get out and walk more as itís part of my exposure therapy but I do find some days I just canít get out and about.
It can be hard to summon the will power to get out n about when you are depressed. So I understand that.

As far as PTSD it definitely sounds like that's what you experienced - as far as if it can go away, i don't know. I know mine is greatly reduced and sometimes goes years b4 something triggers it.

Depression depends upon the type you have.

So yea - it is best you speak either with your T or Pdoc.

Hope things get better for ya.❤
__________________
Life is not measured by the amount of breaths you take, but by the moments that take your breath away
Crypts_Of_The_Mind is online now   Reply With QuoteReply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:08 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® — Copyright © 2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.



 

advertisement

Psych Central Forums

Psych Central is the leading mental health website, overseen by mental health professionals since 1995.

 

Helplines and Lifelines

The material on this site is for informational purposes only, and is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment provided by a qualified health care provider. .

Always consult your doctor or mental health professional before trying anything you read here.
Please read the full disclaimer.