Hi. I guess I just want to know how others deal with panic attacks and anxiety?? Without medication.
I've never been medicated for it, have done mindfulness therapy. But sometimes it's so overwhelming. I get a panic attack whenever I feel sick in the tummy. Sometimes I control it well but sometimes it overwhelms me. And of course just agitates my stomach anyway!!! I'm now nearly 18 weeks pregnant and have coped really well with it so far.
But I guess I'm wondering what others do when a panic attack creeps up them? Distraction? Breathing? Walking? I would love to hear some success tips!!!!
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25-06-2012 17:39 #1
How do you deal with it?
25-06-2012 17:44 #2
Just subbing. I suffered them heaps in highschool then didn't for years, lately I have been again, was actually going to write a similar thread'
25-06-2012 17:47 #3
Melimum... Mine developed in my mid to late 20s. Therapy did not really uncover the reason why they started. But it did help, the mindfulness therapy that is.
It's frustrating isn't it??? I hate them!!
25-06-2012 18:16 #4
I've had anxiety and have been having anxiety attacks for as long as i can remember. In my teens things got so much worse. I was having panic attacks all the time. The bulk of the time they would be so bad i would end up being physically sick.
I've learnt to deal with them over the years... mainly just by breathing my way through them. Sometimes it's too much and i basically just have to sit on the floor and cry my way through them. Either way it's so draining and i always feel like sh!t afterwards.
I recently tried a couple of different anti depressants but the side effects outweighed any benefit. I'm seeing a psychologist as well. I'm not sure if that will be any help but i guess time will tell.
I think the biggest improvements i have made are on my own. I guess it's just something you have to work on. Unfortunatetly the anxiety will most likely always be there to some extent.
25-06-2012 18:29 #5
I'd love to say I have a solution, but, after getting panic and anxiety attacks since a teenager, the only thing that's helped me in the last 3 and a half years is medication.
Although if I'm out and about and I feel one coming on, I try to breathe through it - if I catch it early enough.
I am going to start working with my psychiatrist in the next few months or so to develop some non medication ways to deal with the attacks which I'm looking forward to!
25-06-2012 18:43 #6Senior Member
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Therapy. Learning and understanding my triggers. There are heaps of good books out there and courses on the Internet too. When it has gotten to a critical point I've done 2 short courses of anti-depressants. Every time I can breathe myself through one, recognize what it is and rationalize what it is, I feel stronger for it. It can be a long learning curve and I have felt despair that I would never get to where I am, but educating myself about my anxiety instead of trying to ignore it has been the best thing I've done.
Good luck - I think only people who suffer from anxiety can truly understand how horrible it can be.
25-06-2012 18:47 #7
You are all so right!!
I've felt proud that I didn't have daily panic attacks with this pregnancy and that has made me stronger. I've definitely improved over the years too. Sounds like a lot of use breathing techniques.
Can you give names of books?? I might do some reading. I've never done reading to help me. Nor medication. Medications for me can set off panic attacks!! It's a vicious cycle isn't it.
I wish it was curable.
25-06-2012 19:07 #8Senior Member
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It sounds like you're doing really well!
A few books I have:
Managing Stress by Prof Terry Looker
How to master anxiety - Joe Griffin and Ivan Tyrrell
Daily meditations for calming your anxious mind - Jeffrey Brantley & Wendy Millstine
One that I dipped into when I was pregnant (my helpful mum sent me a copy!) is Understanding your moods when you're expecting - Lucy Puryear
I also got a really helpful booklet entitled 'Panic - A self help guide' by the NHS (English health system - I was living in London until recently). If you'd like me to scan and send you a copy, let me know.
25-06-2012 19:35 #9
Great suggestions. Thank you. Tomorrows job is to look them up on my kindle. Definitely interested in the other book by NHS. (ps lived in London too! That's when my panic attacks first started would you believe!!)
25-06-2012 19:40 #10
I've had panic attacks for 30 years (since I was 7) and have found that hypno breathing every day for 5 minutes at night and any other time during the day lowers my overall anxiety levels. This means i'm less likely to have a panic attack. I've gone from 3 a week to 1 in the past 8 months. I'm also very aware of my triggers. Seeing as your pregnant you might like to try the techniques in the hypnobirthing book by Mongan. It might help in birthing and parenting too. I find hypnobreathing is a great way to calm my baby. She lays on my chest and my breathing chills her out-especially when shes gassy. She lays on me and farts like a trouper. I don't know about other mums but my panic attacks lessened once my first child arrived.
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