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  1. heather gowen
    November 29, 2015 @ 3:34 am

    I get a racing heart, light headed, seating rally bad, and I vomit. ! day I started with the racing heart felt the anxiety attack and then woke up with paramedics. I ended up in a seizure. My 1st 1 ever. But I wasnt on meds then. So dont ignore your untreated symptoms.

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  2. Erica
    February 23, 2016 @ 5:34 pm

    Physically: My heart races, my whole body shakes (mostly my hands), I get clammy, crying, chest pain, horrible nausea (I have vomited from one before), I get that nervous butterfly feeling in the pit of my stomach, skin feels tingly, light-headedness, can’t sleep or eat, sometimes I can’t breathe to the point where I almost have hyperventilated. Mentally: Loss of self worth, feel like I’m literally losing my mind and that I’m out of control, just a horrible nervous feeling takes Over.

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  3. Katrina
    April 5, 2016 @ 4:14 pm

    I start feeling like I’m in a cloud, derealization, then my heart starts racing, then it slows down but beats so hard I can see it through my chest and hear it in my ears. Then I start shaking uncontrollably. My chest starts hurting and my arms and hands get numb and tingly. Then I wanna run to the hospital asap, this lasts for a good 3 hours. It’s hell on earth, literally.

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  4. Grace
    April 17, 2016 @ 11:37 pm

    All of these sound incredibly accurate to what I’m experiencing. I’ve always had anxiety attacks but twice in the past year it’s gone to another level, much like the testimonies above. I just got in driving home on the highway- I felt like either my tongue or my throat was swelling up cause I couldn’t catch a breath or swallow property which caused racing thoughts and panic that I was having an allergic reaction while I was driving even though I knew I hadn’t ate or been touched by anything allergic. I got tunnel vision and my chest started pounding and I could feel it vibrate in my ears, then my legs and hands started shaking like how when you were a kid and you are so incredibly nervous to speak in front of a class, the shaking nerves just came all over my body and my back feels like it’s on fire, that my shirt is melting to my back. I got super light headed and dizzy and felt like I was drugged and

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    • Karl
      January 25, 2017 @ 11:59 pm

      Wow this describes everything I went through yesterday. You’re the only one from what I’ve read have a fire sensation on the back. I haven’t had these in a long time but I hope they do not happen again.

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  5. Alyson C.
    July 12, 2016 @ 1:59 pm

    My mind starts racing, I feel like I need to be on the move, hands are shaky, hard to breath, always taking deep long breaths, I get really frustrated and sometimes cry because I can’t stand the feeling I just want it to go away, and body feels tense.

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  6. Danny
    August 8, 2016 @ 7:33 pm

    I can never breath normally. My heart races and I fell the need to breath slower. I get cold. My teeth vibrate. I have a dry mouth,and my hands are pins and needles. My eyes get blurry. Moving makes it worse.

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  7. Maddy
    August 12, 2016 @ 4:52 pm

    I have terrible social anxiety, but for the first time ever, last year in film class I think I suffered an anxiety attack. I was standing there filming, and all of the sudden I began sweating. It wasn’t bad at first, so I took off my sweater and went back to filming. I realized that I began to sweat more and my hands were extremely shaky. I got really dizzy and felt like I was going to black out. I had to keep filming because I didn’t want to have to make the people I was filming, do a retake. I held onto a chair for balance, but I couldn’t catch my breath. Everything started to go dark, and one of my biggest fears was fainting at school. Thinking of this only made me get worse. My legs started shaking, and my heart was beating really fast. I started feeling sick to my stomach and I felt terrified. I’m not sure if this actually was a anxiety attack, because I can’t think of anything that would have triggered it. Earlier I had plugged the mic into the wrong input and everyone had to do a retake, so that could have been the cause, but I don’t know. Like i said, that is the first time anything like that had ever happened to me.

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    • Dixie
      October 30, 2016 @ 6:23 am

      I started experiencing attacks almost exactly like that in high school. I’ve never been officially diagnosed but after an attack during finals week in college, I told the school nurse and she said it sounded like a panic attack. Since then I’ve done a lot of internet searches (I know, bad idea) and almost every time I look something up it comes out as anxiety. I’d talk to your school nurse and maybe a doctor. I can’t afford that right now but being able to put a title on my suffering has given me peace of mind.

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  8. laurie
    September 12, 2016 @ 1:12 pm

    Laurie. I can sense it coming on. Very scared feeling. A rising in my stomach woth a fearful sense of dread and doom. I now know what it is so i wait it out a couplr minutes but knowing does not lessen the fear and horrible dread that comes with it. Usually just in my stomach. Very very scared like i’m gonna die but have to remain still and remember it will pass.

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  9. chuck
    September 13, 2016 @ 8:36 pm

    In the last few months I have had the feeling like I am going to pass out. I was at work the other night and felt like I just wanted to quit my job go home and lie in my bed and be alone. After a little while I felt better. I called my Dr the next day and had an appointment set up. I am hoping to get through all of this. I don’t enjoy the feeling amd I do not like the way I know I make others feel. Here’s fingers crossed to getting well.

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  10. Miriam
    October 3, 2016 @ 12:23 am

    Chest pains, trouble taking in a deep breath, nasuea, poor eye sight (blurry), feel like crying at any given moment, abnormally low energy, shaking hands, light-head, stomach/vomit…

    Feels physically impossible to think clearly/focus, black & white thinking, sense of confusion, dissociation, sadness, helplessness, sometimes anger, but overall numbness (hard to feel any type of emotion, floating in space, senses escaped from body), losing memory of past, only flashbacks of points to childhood or random times once felt emotion/had thoughts in head- now, try to remember what those thoughts were like, but don’t understand it anymore… no feeling of being in present time or feeling at peace/alone… uncomfortable, sad, and aloof in terms of social interaction… highly sensitive ears- music, even sound of cars, art, and life (beautiful views) make me sick… not clear what I am looking at. Just gross and scary and sickening

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    • Miriam
      October 3, 2016 @ 12:28 am

      don’t know how to be funny, and don’t have any thoughts in head (zero), and therefore, I can’t speak to people… confusion on what is normal behavior… never leave a space and go to another, short-term & long-term memory loss

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  11. jewel
    October 5, 2016 @ 8:36 pm

    Reading these helped me feel not alone… my first panic attack, after consuming too much alcohol the night before from New Year’s Eve.Went into work, and drank two espresso shots along with a medium hot coffee. 25 minutes later, I began to shake, breathing became harder, and the store I was currently working in began to spin. I was speaking to a customer and kept having to swallow and tap my fingers on the table to keep me from dazing out of reality. Then the worst of it all is the numbness, my hands go numb, then my face, then my legs. I cannot move, I am paralyzed with fear. My hands began to sweat and I pulled my boss to the side and said, “Im having a panic attack.” she simply asks me, “Well what are you so anxious about? Why are you worried?” What the world does not understand is that anxiety isnt something that comes because you are just nervous, the slightest things can trigger an anxiety attack. It’s a feeling you can’t explain. All I could think of was calling 911. Being escorted to the hospital in an ambulance, and being told I could possibly die. It is the most uneasy and terrifying experience anyone can encounter. I wish it upon no one. But no I have became so much stronger from this, I learned to “ground” myself aka place myself back to reality. Telling myself… I am okay, I am breathing, I am living, I can make it through.

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  12. Kate
    October 12, 2016 @ 11:41 am

    I get a tightness in my breathing and pain in my chest and a all over feeling like im going to faint and and need to have compression around my body especially when there are multiple people around like if my mom makes me go out with her and we are walkingg to slow it can start to happen or if the “hallway” is very crowed even though its a wide space

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  13. Allie Miller
    October 16, 2016 @ 2:02 pm

    Today I was doing homework and I was crying because I was slightly frustrated and normally that doesn’t happen.
    About 10 minutes later I was getting really sensitive to sound and I felt like crying and was crying. I felt like laying on the ground and doing nothing. I was getting really shaky while I was laying there.
    After a bit I got up and I’m still shaky but other than that I’m fine now.
    If anyone knows if that was a panic attack or something else please let me know.

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  14. miriah easterling
    October 21, 2016 @ 7:38 pm

    I have never had an actual anxiety attack bit withing the past couple of months I get this feeling first everything seems to get really loud all of a sudden then i start feeling claustrophobic amd the only thing I can think is oh my gosh I need to get out of here I need to get away and I literally have to talk myself through it. My heart starts beating faster I get hot flashes… does anyone else experience this?

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  15. Dixie
    October 30, 2016 @ 6:14 am

    I don’t have panic attacks regularly, but I get a few ever year. Usually I feel dizzy, like there is a band of pressure around my head, and it causes me to lose focus. I can’t think straight and I can’t focus my eyes on things. Then my hands start shaking or trembling uncontrollably and my legs start shaking as well, they feel like jello. My heart starts racing and I feel like there is a string around my neck choking me. Then I get a mix of hot and cold flashes. The entire time I feel like I am going to pass out and I am extremely nervous that someone will see me, or judge me, or I’ll fail something, and sometimes I think I’m dying.
    Then there are times where I’m so afraid I just have to leave the situation right away or I’ll start bawling. That happened at church last week so my husband and I snuck out the back and went home.

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  16. Puja
    November 19, 2016 @ 10:44 am

    I too feel the same but not that strong feeling as others have mentioned.
    My mind understands when it comes …I find myself unable to hear any voices for few minutes. I feel scared…n nervous too.
    Running thoughts come in my mind…
    Sometimes I want to cry out loud…but most probably I control myself..
    Main problem is my dephness and numbness for that short time period…

    Pls suggest some way to get out of this.

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  17. helena
    November 21, 2016 @ 11:32 pm

    I cry and i have trouble breathing,my chest hurts,my heart races, and i feel like my blood is rushing through my hands feels like a bunch of ants crawling.

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  18. Joline Harris
    December 5, 2016 @ 12:11 pm

    I feel as if my heart is racing, like I am running in a race but in reality I am just sitting still. My body is shaking and I feel like I am about to cry. I feel as if I am going to faint and I feel as if I can’t breathe. I breathe deep, and long breaths, but I still can’t get enough air. It is as if my chest is closing and my lungs are shriveling away. I don’t like these feelings at all, for they occur out of nowhere.

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  19. Sandy Summers
    December 14, 2016 @ 6:51 pm

    My son has chest tightness clamy short of breath hyperventilating feels like he wants to get up and run crying uncontrollably fear of dying gets very shaky make yourself throw up runs around the house screaming pulling his hair and telling me to call 911 he’s been to the hospital 24 times in a five-month period and nobody will do anything about it all they do is say he’s on a waiting list and this is been going on for over a year it was a year November 9th when my father passed away his grandpa

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  20. Philomena
    December 19, 2016 @ 3:15 am

    I have jump in a cab came out of town bear in mind I did.ent wanted get in to cab my heart was racing and I was dripping in sweat hands Shakin like like I was going die and my mind it goin one place to the next I hate that fear feeling I have started getting themy the last 3 years at age of 27 I was so out goin and had no fears and this just changed ur whole life…anxieties stucks

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  21. Adrianne
    December 23, 2016 @ 12:03 am

    Usually when I lay back before sleep or at night in general they happen. It starts with a weird heart sensation (either heaviness or a feeling of it beating too fast or too slow, or a feeling of my heart filling up.) Then slight chest pain, I seem to not be able to breathe in enough to satisfy my lungs, sometimes I hyperventilate, I get shaky, and I may feel I might faint or I get a quick rush in my head that doesn’t feel right. I sometimes also become pale, there is always extreme worry of she type of heart failure because I tend to become extremely aware of my heart, and I may cry. Sitting up and talking to a visible person and knowing someone is there if anything does happen helps me.

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  22. vic
    December 26, 2016 @ 8:54 pm

    I been having panic attack since 99 in 2005 I had really bad ones that I was taking meds lexapro 20mg for panic attacks I had all the symptoms u could name , feel like dying, short of breath, sweatty hands, blurry vision, pounding heart beats, trembling, fainting, having trouble being myself , fear of dying in public, dry mouth, chest pain like needle pain on my left side , but its 2016 now and when I get a panic attack I dont get that pounding heart beats or symptoms nomore I just feel like im dying and its scared me cause I feel like my panic attack wosen thru the years its been like a month that I stop taking my med to see if I still need them at this moment im doing ok I still get once in a while a panic attack

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  23. Nick
    December 28, 2016 @ 8:24 am

    This is a panic attack? Jesus christ I’ve had hundreds of panic attacks then. This happens to me at least a half a dozen times a year. Never once thought anything of it other than it sucks ass when it happens but I usually lay down, come real close to passing out and just wait it out. It goes away and everything is fine.

    It just blows my mind that so many people demand we make up names like “panic attack” to make people feel like this is a thing that’s particular to them. If this is a panic attack then everybody gets them and they’re no big deal at all. If you feel like it’s worse for you than others or feel the need to give it a name then you’re probably just less tolerable of misery. Grow a pair of balls and enjoy the fact that this is no big deal and everybody gets them. You’re not special and nobody needs to feel sorry for you. Sorry 🙁

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  24. Janette
    December 28, 2016 @ 9:33 am

    I experience tingling and shaky hands and feet, nearly numb, as well as numbing sensations on my face, darkening tunnel vision, and hearing like I am in a tunnel (echo like, muffled), sometimes tinnitus like ringing in my ears, heart racing like it’s going to jump out of my chest, breathing so hard because I feel like I’m suffocating to death, clammy hands, hair standing sensation on the back of my neck, and fear that I’m dying. There are only 3 things that I ABSOLUTELY CAN NOT HANDLE when I’m having an episode and makes it worse in my opinion.
    1) Someone saying, “Calm down”. Most people haven’t a clue how scary and ashamed I already am.
    2) People touching me in an attempt to soothe me. It makes my skin crawl, I want to scream, and it makes it worse.
    3) People staring at me or asking me a question when I’m trying to stop the attack before it gets worse.
    What often works for me is counting upwards skipping numbers and reciting the numbers over and over until the tingling (commonly my first symptom) starts to subside.
    None of you are alone =)

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  25. Desiree'
    February 1, 2017 @ 10:22 am

    My hands are shaking, my eyes hurt, I’m dizzy, I feel like I can’t stand up because my legs are so weak,I’m sweating real bad, I have a splintering headache. This is the first time this has happened to me, what is wrong??

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