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Panic attack question

Mermaid8

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So this is a bit of a long story I’ll try to simplify it. Back on July fourth I was pretty sick and days before leading up to it and that day I was taking DayQuil (I’m super sensitive to cold meds) anyways I also drank with some friends. The 5th I woke up in a complete and utter panic with extreme nausea, burning sensation in head that rolled into panic. I felt like I was dying - went to the ER and they didn’t really say much. I read up on the ingredients in DayQuil and found a forum saying that two of them actually can cause panic and anxiety pretty bad.

Fast forward to now (the 23rd) I’m still getting panic attack’s daily some days are better some they come in literal waves the entire day. I’ve had panic attacks in the past but it’s not like this it’s once in a blue moon. So I really can’t cope. Has anyone heard of anything like this? It’s really bumming me out beyond words.
 

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Hi and welcome Mermaid8. It's not surprising that the combination of Dayquil and alcohol would raise your anxiety to creating a panic attack. Unfortunately, it's pretty common for quite a few folks on this forum to have rolling panic attacks for periods of time. The worrying about the next attack can produce a bad cycle of repetitive panic attacks. The main way to break that cycle is to absorb the fact that regardless of how many attacks you might have, you will survive each one and perhaps that will allow you to not worry about the next one.
 

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I guess it’s just scaring me because it’s been so long talking like three weeks almost and ya it’s not as bad but. I’ve also drank since and woke up with them pretty bad rather than randomly. So avoiding alcohol for a long time. I feel like that morning broke something in my brain and I’m scared I’m gonna feel like this everyday. :(
 

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You had something happen to you and simply fear it will happen again. As was said above, thinking like this can lead to more attacks. You should be saying ' I had that panic attack, it was bad, but it is over now '. Not always easy. But if you change how you think about this, the panic won't be there. Let us blame the medication you took. Not something you will be taken again in a hurry. So if we take that cold medication out of the picture, what reason have you got to have more panic attacks? The answer will be none at all. But the mind is just not thinking the right way. Get the mind thinking the right way and you will be fine.
 

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I guess it’s just scaring me because it’s been so long talking like three weeks almost and ya it’s not as bad but. I’ve also drank since and woke up with them pretty bad rather than randomly. So avoiding alcohol for a long time. I feel like that morning broke something in my brain and I’m scared I’m gonna feel like this everyday. :(
Years ago alcohol also became a trigger for me and I stopped drinking all together. I eventually changed my diet and exercise and got in better shape. Since I did that, I can drink alcohol again, but after all those years of not drinking I lost the taste for it and don't really enjoy it as much so I don't drink very frequently.
 
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