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I too had panic attacks like Michelle M described.  It ruined the best years of my life.  I was finally able to conquer 98% of them.  I am now 74 yrs old, but struggled from 26 yrs old until I was in my mid 40s. I also did the Valium and numerous doctors without appreciable results.  Eventually, I made a very determined effort to conquer this awful affliction that was ruining my life.  I couldn't drive, go to grocery stores alone, go shopping on my own, etc   It was extremely difficult, but it finally worked. I have my life back now and hope you do too.

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Before using any herbal supplements one needs to check with their doctor. Many medications interact with herbal meds  and can cause problems.

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  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.  

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I had one at work, which at the time did not know what was going on.

My body literally couldn't move.  I tried moving my arms but was locked in place. My feet couldn't move, only my eyes.  I realized my brain was operating like a computer and I heard a woom  noise, it started from my head, in waves down my entire body.  It was like configuring out the problem.  I heard the sound so loud-woom,woom -down my entire body to my feet.  What the hell, I thought.  The brain is like a computer, tried to fix the problem.

I was in that position for about 2 minutes.  When, I couldn't hear the noise, I could move my arms and feet once again and vowed to change my lifestyle.  My brain was trying to tell me something in a fast way.

I started to get myself into meditation, when in a panic attack, take #6 which is a Homepathic medicine, it calms the mind so quickly, better than anything on the market.  It literally takes everything your thinking of at that very moment and shoves it in back of you, so it's not in your face and you don't think about it.  It's called Hylands-Kali  Phosphate or #6, it's one of the of the 12 cell salts.  I used to take calm forte but this one works way better.  Even, to go to sleep and your brain refuses to be quieted, what ever your thinking about will be shoved to the back of you and you can drop off into sleep.  You can buy it at - Iherb.com - which is much cheaper than any drug store.

A good way to start meditating, is think of a place, small place, like a garden, you can put whatever inside, animals, fountain, trees, flowers, birds, but start small and then each day, add something more.  Sit in your garden, feel the wind on your face, hear the birds sing, just look around and be in YOUR PLACE.

Do this everyday, can be outside, can be in your room, in your car, you only need minutes to make your brain relax.  It's training the brain, and your reptilian brain is on the back of your head,close to your neck and this brain, always says you don't have time!  And you say - Today, I do have time and jump in to your place!

Just try it and see what happens

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I suffer from almost constant anxiety - I use a combination of prayer and xanax to get some relief.

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I haven’t had that problem since I retired and no longer have to deal with corporate bs!

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For either an acute or chronic anxiety, I suggest using L-THeanine, a derivative of green tea (2 100mg caps a day on an empty stomach).  It supposedly is as good as valium.  Also recommend Calms Forte - CVS carries them with their sleep aids, but you can take this homeopathic remedy to keep calm during the day also.

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I have had Panic Attacks since I was 20 years old and I was 39 years old.  I finaly figured out that I did not have to know why.  I finaly frealized that my subconscious was generating them.  I started to talk to my subcon and told him/her to knok it off i do not need to get or feel this panic attack.

It did not stop it at first.  My continude  awareness and response finaly broke through and I feel much more in control of my peacefull life. 

 

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I used to get panic attacks in my 20s all the time. At first I found them horrendous but then I found 2 ways to defeat them. The first is almost foolproof, the second is foolproof. The first is to do something really complicated with my brain, so in my case, since I'm mathematical, I do square roots in my head. It's complicated enough that my concentration breaks the panic attack - usually - in 30 seconds or a minute, and then I keep doing square roots for a few minutes after that. The second technique always works and fast. When I feel an attack coming on, I simply tense my thigh muscles and abdominal muscles really tight for a few seconds, then release and take a deep breath, then tense again, then release, repeating as long as necessary. This sucks away the nervous energy like magic. And since these 2 techniques work so well for me, I never get panic attacks anymore since I know they can be defeated and that robs them of their threatening, spiralling energy.

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