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    Old 05-26-2006, 01:19 AM   #1
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    shopping and panic attacks

    Went to wal mart tonight to do a bit of shopping thinking hey since its so late no one will be there I will be A ok "Wrong ", my lord it was a rough experience thought I was going to faint...I hate when panic sets in!! everything seems to change around me..The lights appeared to be brighter and the noises around seem to get louder and louder..Then dizziness sets in and here comes the jello legs..I literally had to shuffle my self out as fast as I could..B/c God knows id hate to faint and fall out in the store and have a bunch of strangers starring down at me..lol
    What is it with panic attacks and grocery stores? Is it the big open spaces or the freaking lights...
    I really think they need to make a store for anxiety suffers..Like an outside shopping center so we can have a fast get away if attacks occurs or either make a grocery store that has very dim lights..

     
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    Old 05-26-2006, 05:12 AM   #2
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    Re: shopping and panic attacks

    I can so relate to you there. I never new that was anxiety, I always thought it was the lighting in the shoping malls. I hate the dizzy's.

     
    Old 05-26-2006, 08:24 AM   #3
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    Yeah the dizzy's suck..Id much rather have sweaty palms or even a tummy ache then to become dizzy..

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    Old 05-26-2006, 09:48 AM   #4
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    Re: shopping and panic attacks

    I hate this too. I have to take Xanax when I feel like this. You could try to wear tinted glasses in the store. My doctor explained to me that when you have the fight or flight response, your body produces adrenaline and your eyes dilate so you can see better. With anxiety sufferers, we have this fight or flight response happen when not needed and our bodies get overwhelmed with unneeded adrenaline. Try to remember to take deep, slow breaths. This will reduce your heart rate and in turn, relax you. Some days I can shop without any problems and others, I have days like you describe...the mall is the worst. I hate the lights in the grocery store too.

     
    Old 05-26-2006, 09:57 AM   #5
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    Re: shopping and panic attacks

    I also get really sensitive to lights. When ever it is bright outside, i dread going out there. I much prefer going out at night!

    I always used to get attacks in local nightclubs. What is this Xanax everyone talks about?

    Also do most anxiety sufferers suffer from light sensitivity.

     
    Old 05-26-2006, 10:17 AM   #6
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    Xanax is an antianxiety medication in a class of drugs called benzodiazepines, along with Ativan and Klonopin (among others) and the most famous, Valium. From what I have read though, it is difficult to get it in the UK and doctors elsewhere are very careful about giving it out because of the risk of dependency. It works great though!

     
    Old 05-26-2006, 10:26 AM   #7
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    Yeh I was thinking it must be pretty addictive if it works so well! Sounds like I need some.

    Do alot of people experience sensitivity to light? I think this is what makes me feel dizzy; when I'm just outside, especially on really sunny days. I seem to be constantly squinting all the time.

    Only eyes relax at home!

     
    Old 05-26-2006, 01:37 PM   #8
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    I hate this too. I have to take Xanax when I feel like this. You could try to wear tinted glasses in the store. My doctor explained to me that when you have the fight or flight response, your body produces adrenaline and your eyes dilate so you can see better. With anxiety sufferers, we have this fight or flight response happen when not needed and our bodies get overwhelmed with unneeded adrenaline. Try to remember to take deep, slow breaths. This will reduce your heart rate and in turn, relax you. Some days I can shop without any problems and others, I have days like you describe...the mall is the worst. I hate the lights in the grocery store too.
    I agree with you , somedays I can go out shop or drive and be just fine then somedays it hits so hard I simply refuse to even go anywhere...Wonder why somedays are good and some arent...

     
    Old 05-26-2006, 01:49 PM   #9
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    Re: shopping and panic attacks

    I can't look and focus at all the choces that are on the shelves. I get really dizzy and disorientated. Smaller stores I do better in, but when I'm checking out I get the awful urge to flee.

    One upside to this is I've lost alot of weight by not shopping a the huge supermarkets and sticking with health food stores and farmer markets.

     
    Old 05-26-2006, 01:56 PM   #10
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    Feel so much better reading these posts . You know when none of your friends get panic attacks and your family are "normal" nobody understands . When I'm shopping it comes on really suddenly its like there are 1000's of ants under my skin and I just have to get out of there, everyone's conversations get really loud and I feel like I'm not part of anything .

     
    Old 05-27-2006, 02:58 AM   #11
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    Re: shopping and panic attacks

    Yep, derealization happens alot when I'm out in public places. Such as clubs etc.

    It seems to be worse for me though when I leave the club; and my short term memory is very bad.

    Feels like the short term memory if I was drunk or something, even if I wasn't!

    Anyone get this? Also does alot of people's palms sweat when in public places? I seem to find this alot.

     
    Old 05-27-2006, 08:14 AM   #12
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    Re: shopping and panic attacks

    i just get overwhelmed and start to feel lightheaded...in walmart and supermarkets...not all the time but most of the time and i find walmart is always so hot

     
    Old 05-27-2006, 10:05 AM   #13
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    Hello everyone!!!!
    Well first thing I want to say is "your normal", and it's the other people who are "not normal"... It has been my experience that majority rules, and there are MORE people WITH anxiety then WITHOUT. Try this, and I know for most of you, you will read this and say "I could never do that".... But if you ever get the nerve to try, you will see that you have no reason to be so scared to go into the Bigger stores and malls. The next time you are in a big shopping area, and you start to get the feeling of dizzy, or "have to leave feeling", STOP... turn and face the shelf, and just hang onto and say out loud, it's just an anxiety attack, it will pass and I am going to be fine.... Breath in through your nose for the count of 2 one thousand, and out through your mouth for 4 one thousand. I'll bet... if there are people near you, at least one person who hears you will put his/ her hand on your should and say "are you ok, I know how you feel this happens to me all the time"...
    This is the key, you have to remember that at least 1/2 to 3/4 of the people in the store have the SAME problem you have. People deal with it all in a different way, but rest assured that you are not alone with this problem, and we all know how you feel. You will have good days (take FULL advantage of them) and you will have your bad days (let them pass, because they will).
    I wish you all well, and know that no matter what just remember you are not alone, God is always with you and he loves you....
    God bless and stay strong....

     
    Old 05-27-2006, 11:00 AM   #14
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    Re: shopping and panic attacks

    Thanks for the good advise want2tofeelgood..Next time Im in the store I will try and remember that one..Just sometimes its hard to control the mind..Let me tell you it seems like minds have their own little thinking plan.I know wierd sounding , but its true.. TakeCare

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    Old 05-27-2006, 12:16 PM   #15
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    Its alot better idea than getting that brown paper back out in public and breathing into it....I am sure people used to think I was sniffing glue!!

     
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