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What do Paniac attacks feel like?

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Old 08-14-2004, 04:41 PM   #1
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What do Paniac attacks feel like?

Hi all, I was just wondering what exactly paniac attacks feel like. Like the symptoms you get. I have constant anxiety, and am going to a phyciatrist Monday about it, along with my depression. I don't believe I have ever had a paniac attack, but I do believe that how I do feel is from anxiety. Let me tell you how I would describe how I am feeling when I am suffering from anxiety.
I feel very nervous of course, and like I am shaking on the inside of my body really bad! I feel like I want to run around or jump up and down to try to make the feeling go away! Sounds silly I know. I always want to just scream from the top of my lungs, not because I hurt, but because I just can't take this feeling inside of me. Does this sound like anxiety to any of you? I just want to be sure what I call anxiety is what others feel too, if you know what I mean.
On a couple of occasions it has gotten so bad, that I get short of breath and the feeling that I get with my anxiety gets 10 times worse. I am wondering if these occasions could have been little paniac attacks although they didn't feel little at the time. I know everyone is different, but I just wanted to see what symptoms yall have with them.
I cannot wait to go to the doctor Monday and finally talk with someone that deals with this sort of stuff. In the past I have just gone to my regular doctor, and although they know some stuff, I think the phychiatrist will know more and how to treat better.
And if anyone has taken any medicines that have actually helped with them, I would love to know about them. Thanks!

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Old 08-14-2004, 05:45 PM   #2
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Re: What do Paniac attacks feel like?

Ok, everyone is different but here is mine:

Panic Attack- BAM, dizziness, short of breath, extreme rapid heartrate, Im so paralyzed by the attack, I cant move, I feel as if Im going to pass out, my heart palpations are out of control, I feel like Im going to have a heart attack at any moment and I feel as if Im dying right then and there. I shake, I can barely talk at time. Once it is over, I become extremely tired, emotionally and physically, that I can fall asleep for two hours.

My anxiety attacks- Apprehensive, hot flashes, light headness, shaking, feel like I want to jump out of my body, I pace, these last longer than a full blown panic attack, they kinda hang on edge waxing and waning for a few hours. I do everything I can to try to calm myself down, either by distraction (mentally), to cleaning the house to rid the excess adrenaline feelings, to drinking very cold water.

Old 08-14-2004, 08:24 PM   #3
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Re: What do Paniac attacks feel like?

Thank you for replying. The episodes I have had sound like anxiety attacks then. Literally I want to jump out of my own body when they have gotten that bad. You described it perfectly! Thanks

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