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  1. Jill Anthong. Ontario
    October 27, 2014 @ 4:35 pm

    I especially have a hard time with the embarrassment when people see me go thru a panic attack. I know it’s not my fault but I still get more upset. I am drained physically & mentally for a day. It is equally painful physically as well as emotionally.

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  2. Jill Anthony, Ontario
    October 27, 2014 @ 4:41 pm

    My last name should read ANTHONY

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  3. Charlene
    October 27, 2014 @ 7:49 pm

    I find it hard that people do not understand it.. It’s so hard to describe… And you get judged as weak.. Or at least I do.. It’s awful. And yes, would never wish this upon anyone!

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  4. Katrina
    October 27, 2014 @ 8:40 pm

    I am get embarrassed because my friends really don’t understand what I am going thru. They try to tell me that I’ll be fine but if only they knew how I really felt during and afterwards.

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  5. Teresa
    October 27, 2014 @ 9:17 pm

    It’s the aweful feeling can’t explain it in words …like the ones that hit you all of a sudden ..

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    • William Reed
      October 29, 2014 @ 10:01 am

      I cant explain it but its the worst thing that i ever felt and i thought about killing myself and im alone so noone saw me when it happened but i feel my life is getting worse and i need to get past this operation

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  6. Erin
    October 27, 2014 @ 10:18 pm

    I struggle with people who throw the word anxiety around when they are just stressed it hurts because it’s like my own real anxiety is not valid & they just think I’m stressed

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  7. Yolanda
    October 27, 2014 @ 11:12 pm

    I hate panic attacks I’m drained for a whole day afterwards I feel out of it and no one gets it they say I just need rest but that’s not it at all

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    • robin
      October 30, 2014 @ 1:46 am

      I had one today. something triggered it and it was the worst feeling. i started crying, could not breathe and wanted to die that very moment. I try not to put myself in that situation, but you never know what and who will cause that trigger. i didnt even go back go my job, it was that bad. It normally takes almost a couple of days in the house to recharge from being so drained. 🙁

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  8. clair
    October 28, 2014 @ 12:46 am

    I have been told to pull myself together…which in turn makes the attack worse as I have no control over my anxiety recently. I am scared I do not have control over my body.

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  9. Jackie
    October 28, 2014 @ 3:01 am

    I had a few a couple of years ago when i was under a great deal of stress and j would never want anyone to go through it not even my worst enemy thank god i have never had any more but i will never ever for get it is the worst experience i have ever had

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  10. Michaela
    October 28, 2014 @ 3:01 am

    Or being told why do you panic though ??? Real winds me up !!

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  11. florence
    October 28, 2014 @ 3:02 am

    Yes I feel the same it’s hobbled hate panic attacks & anxiety I don’t know what I am doing at times feels like someone has took over your body and you want to run away I and cry

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  12. dawn coles
    October 28, 2014 @ 4:54 am

    i have had panic attacks all my life still doesnt make it any easier, no tablets that the doctor perscribes help at all and trust me ive tryed alot, i panic over most things and people tell me to stop, easer said than done, breathing into a paper bag helps to stop me from hypervenolating but nothing can stop the feeling of im dying help me, i guess ill just have to put up with them for the rest of my life !

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    • clint
      October 29, 2014 @ 12:57 pm

      Take sedoxil it helps.

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  13. Ashley
    October 28, 2014 @ 5:55 am

    I have a problem where I don’t like to admit that I have panic attacks, and my friend who also has them always tells me well you don’t understand because you don’t have to go through this. I have tried to explain to her that I DO in fact deal with having attacks but it just seems to be ignored. That always makes me feel worse because I dont talk to a lot of people about this stuff, and she is one person that should understand and be there for me like I am for her. I don’t even talk to my parents much about it and it seems as though they (my attacks) are getting worse. I have one almost every other day now and most of the time for no reason at all. I used to hardly get them so I think thats part of the reason that I never really wanted to admit it.

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  14. Shari Snow
    October 28, 2014 @ 5:58 am

    The feeling is like your crawling out of your skin.worst feeling ever.feel like your going to die

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    • Cyndi Lee
      October 28, 2014 @ 4:34 pm

      I am trying to get SSD for mine but even the Social. Security Dept. doesn’t understand what an attack can do to completely debilitate you. My worst ones were so bad that I was literally paralysed. I have 6-10 anxiety attacks a day.

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  15. Sherry
    October 28, 2014 @ 6:05 am

    If Panic Attacks & Depression where called something else. Something more clinical. These words in my opinion are why the disabilities have no voice. The words are misconstrued with every day life words.
    Panick
    Attack
    Depression
    All have two different meanings. So for me that’s where the problem lies with people not understanding how we feel. To this day my mother says , “but I get sad too, and when im sad…..” She’s talking about being sad when I’m depressed Two very different things. A movie is sad, depression is debilitating. Etc.
    Change the names .

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    • theanxietywhisperer
      October 29, 2014 @ 2:02 pm

      you are more right then you think

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    • robin
      October 30, 2014 @ 6:59 am

      I concur Sherry 100%

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  16. Marianne
    October 28, 2014 @ 6:17 am

    PTSD, anxiety/panic attacks, severe depression, and several physical conditions that cause pain. I’ve had people try to talk me out of an anxiety attack by saying, “just take a deep breath!” Ya think? If all I had to do was take a deep breath, do you think I would be taking all these meds? Some people really need to listen to anyone who suffers from any or all these conditions so they understand that taking a deep breath isn’t gonna cut it.

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  17. ashley
    October 28, 2014 @ 6:57 am

    I’ve been told to calm down, relax, etc….doesn’t help. In fact, it makes it worse! I hate being seen as weak and I know that it’s not my fault. But it doesn’t help at all if I’m in excruciating pain and an idiot tries to tell me to calm down. I wouldn’t wish this on anyone else.

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  18. Jennifer Christiansen Sneed
    October 28, 2014 @ 8:06 am

    I had one right in front of a customer one time. All I could do was drop to the ground and cry until she left, then I took off for the bathroom. In there, some lady thought I was being chased by someone, and I couldn’t even answer her. Panic attacks are horrible. For me, they usually start with pressure behind my eyes and a feeling of unease or dread. If something doesn’t happen to stop it (like a distraction that clicks it off), it continues to build until I can’t stop it any more. For me, it’s crying and hyperventilating with the overpowering feeling of doom and hopelessness. Sad to say that I can’t enjoy sweets and caffeine like I used to, as both of these will trigger anxiety.

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  19. Jan G
    October 28, 2014 @ 8:09 am

    I know how all feel as I’ve been there, I don’t have so many attack this year, but when I do it takes over my life. I love the relaxation CDs with people talking u thru an attack, doesn’t take it away but definitely help ease it a little. God love all u sufferers X

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  20. Denise Buice
    October 28, 2014 @ 8:52 am

    Yes indeed!! My panic attacks mimic a heart attack crossed with stroke symptoms!! Scary!! I too am wiped out after and no one gets it. I don’t even know what is making me anxious but symptoms come on hard. You feel like you are gonna die. Lately my anxiety is interfering with my job as a nurse and now social isolation when I use to be so outgoing and full of energy!! No one will understand, unless they have to endure it!!:((

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  21. Paula Osborne
    October 28, 2014 @ 9:53 am

    I used to be able to shrug them off when I was younger. Now I seem to have no control. And it is scary! You really think you are going to die! No joke. I wish I would of got help when I was in my 20’s. I have made decisions in my life that have more or less ruined my life because of panic and anxiety. And when your own family doesn’t understand, that just makes it worse. I used to think that I will get better and never did, just got worse!

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  22. JEANETTE
    October 28, 2014 @ 10:28 am

    I am medications. Unfortunately they’ve put alot of weight on me. It’s taken so long to work. Whenever my daughter would leave and I’d hear the police and fire engines I thought it was hard her. Thanks to her she’d answer the phone and say Mom it’s not me. The only way I could describe to my husband was like Clastophobia.

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  23. lauralee
    October 28, 2014 @ 11:46 am

    i really don,t have friends anymore since my panic attacks came back ful force after me keeping them at bay for few years they say why do u have them i say if i knew i wouldnt have tem now would i i would be able to stop them if i knew why they happend sometimes my fears bring attack on and sometimes they come on for no reason at all now i have horrible white coat syndrome nerves go to heck when i go to doctors its horriblehaving anxiety disoder wrecks having on family and i fee my kids lose out on things because of my anxiety

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  24. Sherri
    October 28, 2014 @ 12:46 pm

    I have been dealing with panic disorder for 27 years now.I have been on an antidepressant and anti-anxiety agent the entire time so life is a lot better for me now.I also have clinical depression.it is very upsetting when people just don’t understand it, but it is also very difficult to explain to someone.everybody gets anxious just pans if it is clinical or not.I am able to fly in an airplane by myself but I am not able to sit at a concert.I have given up trying to figure things like that out.

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  25. BV
    October 28, 2014 @ 5:21 pm

    I’ve had panic disorder for almost ten years. Agoraphobia also was a big part of it. I know what you are all going through and my heart goes out to you.it’s very easy for someone Who has never experienced what we all have and question why we have these attacks and why we let them get the best of us. Those people unfortunately have never felt they couldn’t escape their own body or mind when a panic attack occurs. It took almost 10 years of suffering but with the right treatment you can overcome it. Maybe not 100% but you can have a good life and learn how to accept the anxiety and ride it out rather than letting it claimed you. I still get panicky to this day after being “free” for 11 years. I have good days answer bad days but am able to deal better now with the feelings. Good luck to all Who suffer…there is hope..I’m proof of that. Don’t give up

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  26. Debbie L
    October 29, 2014 @ 11:05 am

    I really feel for all of you who are posting on this board. I am right there with you. I am 52 years old and live with the diagnosis of GAD, Panic Attacks, with secondary Depression. I have suffered since I was about 20 years old. Back then, my own doctor who I loved, was baffled by my symptoms. It was so frustrating for me. He was my doctor! Why couldn’t he understand? My family just thought I was not handling my stress well. No one understood. There was no internet to find others like me. I was very much alone in this. When I was around 31, my doctor told me about a small dose of Prozac, a senior dose, as he put it, had been shown to reduce panic attacks. He explained that they have learned that is a true chemical imbalance in the brain. Serotonin is a the big chemical/hormone that is out of balance. Since Prozac is in the family of SSRIs, (Selective Serotonin, Reuptake Inhibitors), it seems to help many people. I fought him for 6 months taking other drugs. By now I had seen at least three different psychiatrists. They were crazy about Xanax and my brain and body went on a crazy roller coaster ride on that drug. Then one of my doctors gave me a 5 day sample of Paxil. By the 5th day, I had tachycardia and was admitted to the hospital in the Coronary Care Unit for observation for three days! I was sure I would NEVER try Prozac since Paxil did this to me in just a matter of days. No Paxil was given to me while hospitalized, and in just three days, my heartbeat was perfectly normal again. Finally after trying meditation, massage, deep breathing, and yoga and none of them were helping, I went back to my family doc and agreed to try the 10 mg Prozac. Along with the Prozac, I began, using a small dose of Klonopin or Clonazepam morning and evening for general anxiety. After a few months I was panic attack free for the first time in my life. The only problem I now that I noticed was trouble sleeping well. My psychiatrist introduced me to a small dose of Trazadone at bedtime. Traz is an antidepressant with some effect on Serotonin as well. After a few months, I started feeling like “my old self’ again, minimal anxiety, no panic attacks, and sleeping well through the night. Fast forward to today. I am still on roughly the same dose of all three meds. I have also continued things like walking, being outside in nature, and surrounding myself with upbeat positive people who do not bring me down. I also take Vitamin D as I was found to have very low, almost non-existent levels in my blood. I now live in the northwest and we have extremely shorter days in winter, and rainy falls, and springs. The Vitamin D deficiency has finally been alleviated. My message is to find what you can to help yourself to keep in your own personal “toolbox”. Love yourself, don’t judge yourself, and look to yourself to pull you up, your faith, your spirituality, whatever you believe in, to help you. No one else can do it for you. I have been fortunate to find the right combination of meds, lifestyle, exercise, and nutrition that works for me. At 32 I got married to a wonderful man who is my best friend to this day. We are getting ready for our 20th anniversary. I still get overly anxious sometimes about things, I have a bit of social anxiety still. But once I get going, and put myself out there, I find I actually do enjoy myself. Find as much time for yourself to do what makes YOU happy, and to bring you some peace. God bless you all. Please feel free to respond with your questions or comments. I shared my story in hopes that I might help someone out there. Remember you are not alone!!
    PEACE!!

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    October 29, 2014 @ 11:15 am

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