Delayed Panic

Discussion in 'Panic Disorder' started by Panic57, Oct 22, 2016.

  1. Panic57

    Panic57 Junior Member

    I personally can't seem to do it.  But in high school, I had a friend who could delay her panic attacks for almost a couple minutes until she could get to a safe place away from her trigger.  She could never explain how she could do it so I've never been able to replicated it.  There have been times where  three or five minutes to get somewhere safe or pull off on the side of the road would have been safer for me and the people I'm with.  Can you delay your panic attack or are you helpless when it comes?
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  3. hades_leae

    hades_leae Junior Member

    I think that she over time has realized when an attack was about to come on and now she has maintained control over it until she could get some where safe. I also believe that she could control it enough in the future to never have them again. That's good for her. I didn't used to delay mines I'd just walk out of class when I knew it was happening. I saw a woman in a video try to explain something, and she immediately said that she was about to have a panic attack, she felt it coming on.
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  4. AngelaMc

    AngelaMc Member

    Usually when I feel as though I'm going to have a panic attack, I try to go outside until it passes, the fresh air helps control my breathing, and it seems my symptoms go away. I guess this is a way of me delaying it or controlling it.
  5. janemariesayed

    janemariesayed Junior Member

    A feeling of helplessness does overcome me when I feel a panic attack coming on. As soon as this happens I start to do breathing exercises and I find that I can calm down. It isn't always easy, though. At times my panic attacks get the better of me and it seems that there is nothing that I can do other than to go with it.

    Maybe by experience, your friend has learned to know when they are coming on and she is able to deal with it in advance.
  6. Decentlady

    Decentlady Member

    It is good that she could control or delay the attacks. That is a conscious effort that you too may be able to do with practice and time. May be the fear of others seeing her in that state is greater than the reason of panicking itself.
  7. Jane OD

    Jane OD New Member

    Yes, only breath control helps. But it is difficult. It's easier when you do breathing exercises as a workout.
  8. Rinka

    Rinka Moderator Staff Member

    Panic attacks have specific symptoms. At first, when you start getting them and it's all very new for you, you will get overwhelmed with the feeling.
    When I had my first panic attack I thought I had to die and called the emergency services.
    That was about 15 years ago, I think is was 14 or 15 back then. Anyway I was a teenager.
    With time you are able to identify your triggers and identify the symptoms of a coming attack.
    This helps to delay but also to stop the attack. As @Decentlady mentioned it is a conscious effort and process.
    It takes time to identify what is happening to you, but with time you will gain more and more control over it, if you work on it.
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  9. Jane OD

    Jane OD New Member

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  10. janemariesayed

    janemariesayed Junior Member

    My first panic attacks came when I was a child. I remember my ex-wicked-stepmother used to slap my face hard to try to bring me back to breathing properly. She didn't realise that the hard slap on my tender cheeks was making it worse. Why couldn't she of just given me a cuddle? That would have calmed me down and relaxed me.

    Now I am in more control of my panic attacks. I can recognise when they are coming and prepare. I make a cup of strong chamomile tea and keep sipping it. I also do breathing exercises, taking in slow deep breaths. Then I hold my breath in for the count of four and let it out through my mouth slowly. It brings air to your brain and blood vessels which is what you are lacking. When you have a panic attack you have been breathing shallowly for too long. Breathing shallowly can be a symptom of depression or something on one's mind.

    So this means that you are not taking in enough air. Our hearts start to beat faster to pump air around the body. We are in a sense suffocating ourselves by shallow breathing. This is why taking in slow deep breaths through the nose helps. You need to fill up your lungs with as much air as possible and hold it there. Make sure you let it out slowly though.

    This procedure then makes you feel a little lightheaded. But it makes you feel happy lightheaded if you do it for about 45 minutes. Even just doing it for half a minute when you are having a panic attack helps.

    It shouldn't really be called a panic attack, it is brought on by panic, but not everyone who has this, has it brought on by a panic attack. Some people naturally breathe shallow and don't realise it. They will have the same symptoms and wonder what is wrong with them.

    Try the breathing exercise and you may find it helps.

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