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When I've felt emotionally out of control, I take one tyrosine tablet(amino acid supplement). Within 10 mins. I feel calm. It also helps to quit smoking and drinking if you have these addictions.

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Yes I have experienced a few panic attacks.  I am a hypotist for many years and find that using my skills helps me.  I have awakened during the night having a panic attack.  Deep breathing and using my positive suggestions to myself always helps.  I use hypnosis to help others who may have panic attacks as well.  It is one of the best ways to help oneself without drugs.

 

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Meditation

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Similar, but slightly different. 

 

I read that cancer patients were told to visualize cancer and than punch it or attack it. It lit a lightbulb in my head and figured it might work for panic attacks.

 

When I would feel one coming on, I got angry and picked up an imaginary broom or hockey stick and visualized whacking away. I could actually feel a physical change in my muscles. To my amazement it actually worked. 

 

The success may be due to the fact that you can't hold two thoughts at the same time. The imagery and anger replaced the anxiety that had taken hold of my brain.

 

Hope thiis helps. Good luck, all. 

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Yes: I  get panic attacks & when I have one I will do a  breathing exercises Slow deep breathes in & out to calm myself down &  I usually have a  Panic Attack when driving when I get stuck in traffic or get blocked in when someone 's  car is to close. So what I do is tell myself that I will be okay & breathe in & out slowly. 

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@MicheleM210618 wrote:

  If you suffer from anxiety or panic attacks that interfere with your daily routine, work, or your enjoyment of life (i.e. frequent and not just from major life stressors), then my best advice as a Registered Nurse AND someone who sufferred for years is to stop using bandaids to deal with them.  Over the counter meds and supplements/natural remedies should only be used for mild anxiety.  Family doctors are also NOT the best choice for this type of anxiety.  They give bandaids like Xanax or Valium which do not address the underlying issues and/or chemical imbalances that are leading to them AND are extremely addictive.  The absolute best thing you can do for yourself is to see a mental health specialist for appropriate diagnosis and treatment.  They can help you determine the underlying triggers for your anxiety/panic attacks and help you develop non-pharmaceutical ways to deal with them.  They will also do labwork to determine if an underlying chemical imbalance is a factor.  In addition, new DNA based labwork can identify what medications will or will NOT work for you, eliminating months of trial and error with medications.  And they will use medications that are significantly less habit forming than Xanax or Valium.

  For the majority of my life, I sufferred with severe anxiety and panic attacks.  I tried every herbal remedy and supplement available. I tried all kinds of relaxation techniques and took advice from everyone. I went from one medical doctor to another.  I was on Valium for years, which didn't do anything about the anxiety or panic attacks except make me forget about them and zone out on life. I developed severe depression and agoraphobia.  Finally I got fed up and checked myself into a mental health facility.  There I got the appropriate diagnosis and treatment.  That was almost 4 years ago and the difference it made in my life is astronomical.  I'm not going to pretend it was easy.  It wasn't just a matter of checking myself in and I was cured.  It has been 4 years of determination and hard work.  Fixing your mental health isn't something someone else can do for you.  But they can give you the tools you need to do the work.  


Bravo, MicheleM, for speaking out about your struggles with panic attacks over the years.  You're now on the right track and I wish you continued success in conquering them.  

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I had them from when I was five years old until I was about 19.  Every night in bed I would shake and sweat and hyperventilate and get nauseous. My mom didn't want to deal with it but my dad was so helpful, always stayed with me until it passed. I grew out of them with the help of therapists and with sports. It was terrible! I still have lots of anxiety but accept it.

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As a psychotherapist I treat many people with anxiety and panic attacks. Two suggestions I give them is 1) Take a deep breath, hold it for a moment and then let it out very slowly. 2) find 5 things you can see, 4 things you can hear, 3 things you can touch, 2 things you can smell and 1 thing you can taste. Both of these exercises gets the person out of their head and into the hear and now (becoming mindful in todays parlance).  

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Paper bags work: panic attack => hyperventilation,=> high levels of oxygen in the blood and body  yes oxygen too much oxygen makes you dizzy. 

Breathing in and out of a paper bag help elevate the carbon dioxide level in your blood (balancing the oxygen level). 

Without a paper bag we're not dead,  Deep breaths through your nose, and out through pursed lips, long slow breathing does much, or more, as a paper bag and it's easier to carry any where you might go. Also you can use it anytime you might want to practice being calm. If you have a "higher power"; keep that in mind while you practice long slow "anti panic attack breathing" now you're meditating. I won't tell anyone if you don't.

-gbp-      

 

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