Had a bad Anxiety attack.

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    Nov 05, 2011 5:08 AM GMT
    I had pretty bad anxiety attack earlier. Hard to explain but I felt a great deal of sadness and despair. I couldn't think properly and felt that reality disconnected and certain scenarios were actually happening.

    That feeling wasn't good at all. I stepped out with a friend for drinks and air. Feel a lot better now.

    I suppose its the mental stress caught up due to the fact that I shifted back and I have to regain my balance and looking for a job. I still feel uneasy as t that mind trip linger is still there...

    I just needed to say this so please don't mind. My bro couldn't understand my discomfort so I needed to unload onto here.



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    Nov 05, 2011 2:20 PM GMT
    Shifted back?

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    -Doug
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    Nov 05, 2011 2:38 PM GMT
    I am sorry to hear this. It is easy to become overwhelmed with all that life can throw at you.

    Hang in there. Don't let things get you down. Things will get better in time. I have been in similar overwhelming situations that felt hopeless. When the time is right - a door will open for you.

    Good luck!!!
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    Nov 05, 2011 2:46 PM GMT
    those attacks suck.....i used to have panic episodes every day..i became agorophobic....finally my doctor prescribed medicine.now,i rarely get anxiety attacks.i feel for you,man...been there...thought i was going to die.take care of yourself..no one should have to go through that...it's hell.
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    Nov 05, 2011 2:49 PM GMT
    Sounds like you need a friend. Hopefully, you have someone you trust in your life besides your brother. All I can say is good luck finding a job. It's hard nowadays, and I will be on the hunt myself soon.
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    Nov 05, 2011 2:53 PM GMT
    It's all about mind control and self discipline.

    Try this relaxation technique.
    Stand up.
    Feet shoulder width apart.
    Extend your right arm (or left if you're left handed) out to the side approximately parallel to the floor.
    Raise your chin.
    Close your eyes.
    Now smack yourself upside the head.
    Repeat if necessary.




    I'm told Tibetan Monks recommend it.icon_cool.gif
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    Nov 05, 2011 2:58 PM GMT
    I get a lot of anxiety attacks. I run and don't think about anything but distance and speed. That works for me. But if I can't run I try to play a game on my phone or do something to distract myself. Or think abou Mary poppins or some jolly movie
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    Nov 05, 2011 3:15 PM GMT
    i feel for you. glad that you got over it though.

    If I ever feel down or anxious I just think about the positive things going on in my life, and I like to think of my own personal mantra, everything is temporary, in relation to whichever struggles that you are going through currently, just know, soon they will be a thing of the past and you can look back and laugh on them.

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    Nov 05, 2011 3:25 PM GMT
    I've been there many times myself... sorry to hear you're having a rough time. I know exactly what you mean about feeling like reality disconnects and you just can't think straight. It's a sucky experience, and one that I don't think people can relate to unless they've been in the same situation.

    Glad you got out for some air and saw some friends -- it's easy to just curl up and stay in instead (that tends to be my MO when I'm feeling down and it's not productive at all).

    Hope today is a better day for you. Hit me up if you ever wanna chat about things.
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    Nov 05, 2011 5:36 PM GMT
    Thanks guys. @ doug: I had built a solid social circle and steady job back in Karachi. Getting back into the social/work setting here is a little difficult especially when you have few friends of your own. I'm friendly with my bro's friends but I don't want to reveal my bisexuality to them.

    I feel a lot better now though. I can really empathize with anyone with anxiety attacks.

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    Nov 05, 2011 5:40 PM GMT
    Sorry you're feeling this way. Have you had anxiety attacks before?
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    Nov 05, 2011 5:43 PM GMT
    Can I give you a hug? I'm been feeling the same way too lately....
    HUGS
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    Nov 05, 2011 5:44 PM GMT
    I've had several of them before throughout the years. Mostly they had to do with University related stuff. One was also due to a side effect of ca certain medication.

    This one came out of nowhere so it hit me hard.
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    Nov 05, 2011 5:46 PM GMT
    Really sorry to hear about your anxiety attack. I get them frequently myself, and even after most of the discomfort is over there can sometimes be this sense that the world around you doesn't feel real. I don't think people can truly relate unless they've been through the experience themselves. If ever feel the need to talk, the invitation is open.
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    Nov 05, 2011 6:01 PM GMT
    Fivealive saidI've had several of them before throughout the years. Mostly they had to do with University related stuff. One was also due to a side effect of ca certain medication.

    This one came out of nowhere so it hit me hard.


    At least you're not having them regularly. If you did, you might need to get some professional help. You might also want to cut back on any stimulates, like caffeine, until you can settle down.
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    Nov 05, 2011 6:08 PM GMT
    meninlove said Shifted back?

    intrigued,

    -Doug


    Yes, he did, he shifted back.... feeling out of whack is in order... I was depressed for a year when I first moved to Amsterdam... for me it was culture shock in combination with everything else... for you, the lack of sunshine could be a factor too....
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    Nov 05, 2011 6:09 PM GMT
    Beaux saidIt's all about mind control and self discipline.

    Try this relaxation technique.
    Stand up.
    Feet shoulder width apart.
    Extend your right arm (or left if you're left handed) out to the side approximately parallel to the floor.
    Raise your chin.
    Close your eyes.
    Now smack yourself upside the head.
    Repeat if necessary.




    I'm told Tibetan Monks recommend it.icon_cool.gif


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    Nov 05, 2011 6:19 PM GMT
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    Nov 05, 2011 6:39 PM GMT
    Hang in there... I had my first a few months back due to a stressful ... errr... emotional situation. Was out having dinner with friends - WAVE of panic/negativity/darkness and it was so bad/overwhelming that I passed out... right into my dinner plate.

    NEVER had anything like that happened before. Thank god I wasn't waiting for a subway train(!) and was with friends. They took me to the ER and stayed with me for 5 hours while I calmed down. Unreal.

    Please be well and be mindful of where you are. Try to connect yourself to 'now' and not the unknown future. But if you can... see a therapist or counselor. Don't ignore these feelings... work through them as you can. BEST and HUGS!
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    Nov 05, 2011 6:46 PM GMT
    Anxiety attacks can leave you feeling hopeless and frightened. I think you were wise to go out for a bit with a friend, and you said you felt better afterward. I think that is a good idea. Either go out with a friend for some change of scenery or if nobody is around, go for a run or to get some air in a beautiful setting - just breathe and remember that this is only temporary. I've only had a few anxiety attacks in my whole life: One at about 14 after being caught by my grandmother having frottage with a guy; and another time stressing over the purchase of my first house (worrying if the deal would ever come together or crash and burn). Both situations passed and what I learned was to try to take things easier as they come up.

    Good luck in the future. It is trite to say, "Just take things easier" but I truly hope things will be calmer for you.

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    Nov 05, 2011 7:51 PM GMT
    Not to make fun but laughter really can help relieve anxiety. A lot of anxiety is your thoughts outpacing reality, coming to conclusions before all the facts are in...

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    Nov 05, 2011 8:26 PM GMT
    Fivealive saidI had pretty bad anxiety attack earlier. Hard to explain but I felt a great deal of sadness and despair. I couldn't think properly and felt that reality disconnected and certain scenarios were actually happening.

    That feeling wasn't good at all. I stepped out with a friend for drinks and air. Feel a lot better now.

    I suppose its the mental stress caught up due to the fact that I shifted back and I have to regain my balance and looking for a job. I still feel uneasy as t that mind trip linger is still there...

    I just needed to say this so please don't mind. My bro couldn't understand my discomfort so I needed to unload onto here.





    You want to make sure your blood sugar is not too low. Low blood sugar paranoia is often confused with some level of anxiety attack. If your blood sugar gets down in the 80's, or lower, you can experience EXTREME anxiety. It's very important to make sure you eat, especially if you are upset.

    Viewpoint is everything. A dear friend recommended a book to me: SOS Help For Emotions by Lynn Clark. It will help you develop what the author calls "straight thinking." I wish I had read it years before I did.

    http://www.amazon.com/SOS-Help-Emotions-Managing-Depression/dp/0935111522/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1320525675&sr=1-1

    As someone who burns a lot of calories just sitting around (from all the muscle), I have experienced low blood sugar a number of times. It can be VERY SCARY, and, if you do not understand, you can think it is an anxiety attack. If you eat a few pieces of candy, and you feel better, you are going hypoglycemic. If you break out in a sweat when the stuff goes on, you likely are going hypo.

    Blood sugar STRONGLY influences how we feel. Don't forget to eat.

    Daily exercise can markedly improve mood and has a long list of health benefits.

    If you are having real anxiety issues, that are crippling, you can do self help methods like deep breathing and exercise. For extreme cases, you might want to look into SSRIs, SNRI's, or other meds, that influence mood. There are other things, too, like SADD (Seasonal Affected Depression Disorder / Lack of light).

    Just about everyone deals with this at some point. We affect our emotions from our internal viewpoints. The take away point: I don't like this. I do not like how this feels. I can stand it. It is not death. It is not permanent. It WILL change.
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    Nov 05, 2011 9:02 PM GMT
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    meninlove said Shifted back?

    intrigued,

    -Doug


    Yes, he did, he shifted back.... feeling out of whack is in order... I was depressed for a year when I first moved to Amsterdam... for me it was culture shock in combination with everything else... for you, the lack of sunshine could be a factor too....



    I'd never heard the expression before. icon_wink.gif

    So it means moving back (in his case) to Toronto!
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    Nov 05, 2011 11:25 PM GMT
    Sorry that happened, my friend. But don't worry, all will be OK. Anxiety attacks are common, so I think most of us have been there at one time or another. The advice on this thread sounds good. Just hang in there, it'll get better. Hugs to you.
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    Nov 06, 2011 6:17 AM GMT
    Thank you all for the support icon_smile.gif

    Really I feel better now, and I'll keep things said here in mind.