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Sofi
When I have a panic attack by vision seems to mirror (so looking back on my memories everything that should be left is right and vice versa). I don't have difficulty breathing but the same amount of air doesn't do the job it normally does. I also used to bolt away from wherever I was. Often results in a shutdown which I get within 24 hours. It's not too common anymore though, fortunately.

 

I have been known to bolt away as well, usually in the time when I can feel the panic feeling creeping up on me and it's like you don't know at what point you have to accept it's a panic attack, you don't know how strong it's going to get etc. I used to just take off running on my own, which is so unsafe for me when I am feeling like that. Then, I would also go to my bed for a long time, up to 2-3 days, similar to what you mean by a shutdown. The fear of having a panic attack is horrible. 

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I also hyperventilate do u know the cause of the trigger. If I'm outside and it's caused by crowds/ claustrophobia I concentrate on my music if its a flashback I try and focus one something to keep me real and not dissociate

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Sofi
I also hyperventilate do u know the cause of the trigger. If I'm outside and it's caused by crowds/ claustrophobia I concentrate on my music if its a flashback I try and focus one something to keep me real and not dissociate

 

You are very right, trying to focus on something to keep you in the present where you are right now, if it a flashback type of thing.

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Heather

I think I've been fairly lucky in this sense because I haven't had a full blown panic attack really.. at least not for awhile and not that I'm aware of.  I just get really bad anxiety.  I think I'm more likely to get a meltdown than a panic attack.  I'm fine if people just left me be usually because then I'll tend to just keep all the anxiety in my head and avoid things that make it worse.  But then when I get pushed I'm just more likely to cry if I try to express myself.  I think I do get panic attack symptoms sometimes but they tend to be milder and I don't recognize them at the time.. like having trouble breathing or worrying that I am or getting really warm and having to take off a sweater or change into a cooler top or just get really warm and sweaty.  I realized that when I've gone through security at the airport, I always am really sweaty and shaky after as I'm trying to message people to let them know I made it through security safely.. I can hardly type on my phone.  But I think it's all just really bad anxiety symptoms.  I never really had a full blown panic attack I don't think.

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Fireandshadows
I get like this when I have a panic attack - ie, the shaking and my movements seeming to be painful/difficult. The not knowing when you are is something I've had a few times, but not years out, just days or hours. And only when I was severely depressed/anxious at the time. So, when I was being bullied and was at home refusing to go to school etc. I think I almost 'blacked out' on a couple of occasions whilst having a panic attack, for maybe half an hour, or sometimes fell asleep for a few hours - which left me very confused. The worst one, which only happened once, was several months into a nervous breakdown - I'd been at home for a few months and barely left my house, let alone my bedroom - and in the middle of a panic attack in the early hours of the morning, I didn't know who or where I was, just for a couple of seconds. That was really, really scary. I didn't recognise my Mum, just for those few seconds.

It's good to know it's not just me, I do tend to get a little bit paranoid that there's something wrong with me XD That sounds like it was really scary for you!

 

I also hyperventilate do u know the cause of the trigger. If I'm outside and it's caused by crowds/ claustrophobia I concentrate on my music if its a flashback I try and focus one something to keep me real and not dissociate

I'm not sure what the trigger was for this one, though it might have been all the stress of my uni work. Music is always a life-saver with panic. I try to focus on things during flashbacks, but I find it really difficult because I feel sensation in dreams too, so it doesn't help figure out if I'm real.

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Sofi
I think I've been fairly lucky in this sense because I haven't had a full blown panic attack really.. at least not for awhile and not that I'm aware of.  I just get really bad anxiety.  I think I'm more likely to get a meltdown than a panic attack.  I'm fine if people just left me be usually because then I'll tend to just keep all the anxiety in my head and avoid things that make it worse.  But then when I get pushed I'm just more likely to cry if I try to express myself.  I think I do get panic attack symptoms sometimes but they tend to be milder and I don't recognize them at the time.. like having trouble breathing or worrying that I am or getting really warm and having to take off a sweater or change into a cooler top or just get really warm and sweaty.  I realized that when I've gone through security at the airport, I always am really sweaty and shaky after as I'm trying to message people to let them know I made it through security safely.. I can hardly type on my phone.  But I think it's all just really bad anxiety symptoms.  I never really had a full blown panic attack I don't think.

 

I also get the thing you say about getting really warm. Whenever I start to get anxious or something suddenly worries me, I feel as if my whole body bursts into flames, REALLY hot! This happens regularly and not just related to panic attacks for me. I could just randomly burn up temporarily and my palms sweat. I feel I tend to have temperature problems - I am either really cold or get in strange sweats or in a cold sweat. 

All I can say is you are lucky you haven't quite experienced a full panic attack but I completely understand how awful anxiety symptoms are too. I find the physical symptoms that come from anxiety are debilitating - painful chest, sore stomach/digestive problems. 

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Heather
I also get the thing you say about getting really warm. Whenever I start to get anxious or something suddenly worries me, I feel as if my whole body bursts into flames, REALLY hot! This happens regularly and not just related to panic attacks for me. I could just randomly burn up temporarily and my palms sweat. I feel I tend to have temperature problems - I am either really cold or get in strange sweats or in a cold sweat. 

All I can say is you are lucky you haven't quite experienced a full panic attack but I completely understand how awful anxiety symptoms are too. I find the physical symptoms that come from anxiety are debilitating - painful chest, sore stomach/digestive problems. 

It's good to know it's not just me that gets really warm when I'm anxious or stressed out or overwhelmed or worried about something suddenly.  I do okay with temperatures a lot of the time though but not at those times!!  I know I'm very lucky too that I haven't really experienced a full panic attack.  I think it's kinda strange I haven't because I have so much trouble with anxiety but I won't complain! :)  It was weird because I remember this lady who used to work with me on my anxiety asked me about it and said she experienced them before, but I couldn't think of ever having experienced one... at least not significantly!  So I definitely won't complain!  But anxiety is horrible either way...

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Sofi
It's good to know it's not just me that gets really warm when I'm anxious or stressed out or overwhelmed or worried about something suddenly.  I do okay with temperatures a lot of the time though but not at those times!!  I know I'm very lucky too that I haven't really experienced a full panic attack.  I think it's kinda strange I haven't because I have so much trouble with anxiety but I won't complain! :)  It was weird because I remember this lady who used to work with me on my anxiety asked me about it and said she experienced them before, but I couldn't think of ever having experienced one... at least not significantly!  So I definitely won't complain!  But anxiety is horrible either way...

 

I hope you continue not to experience one. My first one I didn't know it was a panic attack until the school nurse said "I think you've had a major panic attack"....she was checking my blood pressure and still asked my mum to take me to the doctor to check I had no heart problems because of my very high accelerated heart rate and blood pressure. But, her gut feeling was a panic attack as she knew I had anxiety problems anyway. She often let me sit in her room reading if I didn't feel like being in class, sometimes I was just in the nurse's room talking with her :P 

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Toran
You sleeping in my room only had to do with the fact that I got really afraid of my room when I though it was haunted :(

In truth your rarely in any danger from ghosts only poltergeists cause real trouble. Obviously I take it you were only young did you ever see anything that frightened you or was it just a feeling?

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In truth your rarely in any danger from ghosts only poltergeists cause real trouble. Obviously I take it you were only young did you ever see anything that frightened you or was it just a feeling?

 

Well things moved and my light flashed and what not but it was mostly a feeling.

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