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PLEASE HELP ME. Panic attack not going away

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Today is Thanksgiving and I'm pretty much going to ruin it by not leaving my room. I'm trying so hard to beat this. To think positive thoughts and be strong but nothing is working. I'm sorry to burden you.
 

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1. You aren't ruining Thanksgiving. You are having a difficult Thanksgiving. You didn't choose it, and you will get through it.
2. You're not a burden. Not anymore than the rest of us. EVERYONE has their hangups - this happens to be ours. We're all sharing here, and all looking for help. Don't quit posting.

It's possible to be positive, and still anxious. Or loved, and still anxious. Or successful, and still anxious. You are having an anxiety crisis, super common on holidays - it's going to be ok!!! I have felt the same the past 2 Christmases (never before).

Get through it, and then you can process and start looking for ways to make it better.
 
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You have been so helpful today. More then you know. To know that I'm not the only one going through this now is very helpful. I just can't control anything. Everything is spiriling out of control. My body doesn't feel like my own. My mind is racing on nothing but negativity. Are you sure it will pass. I've taken 9 Xanax today and that scares me. But thank you so much
 
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You've felt like you have no control over anything? Your mind, body, thoughts, etc.. Like being in a complete and utter state of manic anxiety? Sorry if I'm repeating myself.
 

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Yes, yes, and yes!!! I am NOT a therapist, but it sounds like you are having a dissociative episode brought on by extreme anxiety. It is terrifying, but it's not dangerous. Your brain is just disconnecting from your body from overload. I promise it will pass! If you feel 'scary,' though, an emergency room might be able to help. I never do that because I hate hospitals (part of the PTSD).

I have felt many times that I just wouldn't make it through the day.

I'm going to see if I can find a couple of online resources that have helped me through crisis...what kind of support do you have at home today?
 

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By the way, Xanax can make you feel disconnected and 'out of body' - please be careful!! Can you take a hot shower and just let it beat down on your head? During dissociative feelings, it helps to do really sensory things. Chew in ice. Take a shower. Pet a dog. Anything that 'grounds' you back in reality.
 
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My body has become so immune to the Xanax that it takes so much more to do what a little used to. I'm scared I'm taking too much. You have been so special to me today in my time of need. God Bless you.
 

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God bless you too!!! I have spent so many precious days feeling this way - I wish I had found something like this forum in 2011 when I was housebound and seeing no hope.

For the record, these days one thing that helps me most is talking to others like you on holidays. This morning wasn't going too great for me. Thanks for being there, too! We're all in this together, and I'm thankful for that today. Happy Thanksgiving...
 
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Happy Thanksgiving to you too. I'm trying to get through this but it just seems impossible. I just want five minutes of a break. Or to see a silver lining. You have been my silver lining today.
 
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I hope you start to feel better soon. I've had episode like that. I would not leave the house and when I did, it was pure panic with all the symptoms to go with it. It was awful. It took my husband forcing me to just get up and do things to come out of it. It was extremely difficult. Some days I still have those feelings. I still fear going back to the days where I couldn't leave my house. This is not your fault just like having cancer or any other disease is not your fault. I've been there where I felt I couldn't survive this anymore. But I did. So far I've had a 100% survival rate for the last five years I've suffered with severe anxiety and all it's symptoms that torture my thoughts daily. S oI refer to that FACT and tell myself I've felt this before and I made it through and I will do it again and I take anxiety for the ride of my life. Just keep trying everyday. No matter how small the task may seem. Get up and shower and get dressed and go watch a movie with your family or sit with them for a meal. Do some meditation exercises to relax if that's your thing. Yoga or any exercise routine even when it feels so uncomfortable just keep doing it. Anxiety is a part of us. It doesn't just disappear. We have to learn to tolerate these feelings and the less they will affect us. Hang in there and I'll be saying some prayers for you tonight. You will overcome this just like you already have before. I hope you see a little glimmer of light in the darkness that you're in. I promise it's there!
 
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Thank you so much for your story. I will try those things. It's just so hard when you wake up, like I just did, and the panic is there full blast. What do you do? It's so incapacitating? I can't breathe, think, move, etc. It's just consuming me.
 
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Thank you so much for your story. I will try those things. It's just so hard when you wake up, like I just did, and the panic is there full blast. What do you do? It's so incapacitating? I can't breathe, think, move, etc. It's just consuming me.
You just get up and move. Try to do one thing today. That's it.
 
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Over two weeks now with no task improvement. The mornings being the absolute worst. It has tapered down at night a bit. But the mornings are dreadful.
 

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You'll still make it past this. Those two weeks must seem like forever. Been able to eat and stay hydrated?
 
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Hydrated yes. I barely eat though. I've lost 30lbs in three weeks. I pretty much just lay on bed. No energy or willpower to do anything. It's so debilitating.
 

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Bacon. No matter how anxious and tight your stomach is, you can always eat bacon. Keep plugging, lot's of support and best wishes from here. You know, if more people had a clue about what you're going through, maybe they'd treat our anxiety the same as any other chronic, sometimes serious disease.
 
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Thanks Triceps. It just feels like it's never going to go away. I'm petrified. It's with me all the time. How can someone have anxiety 24/7?
 
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#39
Can you call your doctor and get some meds at least for the time being. You're not eating and you may need some help to get through this. I get the same way. I lost twenty lbs in a month from anxiety.
 
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By the way the not eating will make you more jittery and nervous adding to the anxiety. My anxiety is always worse in the morning too
 
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