Re: how many panic attacks have you had....??
My history of panic attacks is sporadic. My very first panic attack was in 1990 and I had another one a few days later where I got up in the night and called 911. Then 4 or 5 years went by and I didn't have any. It seems that my body is highly sensitive to chemicals(Aspertame), foods like caffeine, but especially drugs. A half tablet of Effexor XR gave me an attack for 4 hrs before it wore off! So, I do not believe that it is a stress-related disorder, because I have had plenty of stress, without any panic attacks. It may be a biochemical disorder. The past 20 years I have been diagnosed with various autoimmune diseases--Fibromyalgia, Sjogren's Syndrome & just last March Lupus. Just recently I have learned a deep breathing exercise that I find will prevent my panic attacks almost every time. I pray that everyone can find relief from panic because it is the worst kind of suffering. One never knows when one will be attacked. Please keep fighting to find what works for you!