Anxious people of Reddit, how do you deal with anxiety attacks, does it work with all the different kinds of attacks?

Anxious people of Reddit, how do you deal with anxiety attacks, does it work with all the different kinds of attacks?

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  1. When I am super overwhelmed with anxiety, hyperventilating and crying and feeling like I’m going to die, I can’t really worry if it’s an anxiety attack or a panic attack or what. But what I’ve learned is that strong physical sensations can help to bring you back (which is why people often resort to hurting themselves)

    So holding an ice cube until it melts, doing jumping jacks or something really cardio intensive, or eating something super spicy or minty can help. These will all give you something very strong and physical, but not harmful, to ground you.

    Then you can start doing the more basic things like slowing your breathing, finding a comforting video or picture to look at, or calling someone you love.

  2. Luckily I haven’t had one in about a year. The trigger is usually when I’m on the road and someone cuts me off. I can tell it’s about to happen about a minute before it starts. I get a feeling of dread wash over me and then my heart starts racing and it feels like a weird hollow feeling. Then my arms went tingling and numb. I had to pull over for over a half hour at 11pm last time it happened just to catch my breath and calm down.

  3. If I’m at home, I find my cat. Suffocating myself in her fur always helps. If I’m not at home, I go somewhere quiet and cover my face until I feel okay.

  4. Breath work! I just focus on deep belly breathing and acknowledge the anxiety as a sympathetic response. My body is just trying to protect me. I don’t go into it with the mindset of trying to force it to stop or with anger towards it, just more as a gentle reassurance that I am safe and protected even if my current thoughts or environment may be making me think otherwise.

    This is most effective if you already know your triggers. And remember, they can be from the littlest childhood event that had an impact you may not consciously remember. If you’re struggling with this I really recommend the book How to Do The Work by Nicole LePera. I’ve had generalised anxiety I’ve managed unmedicated since I was 13 (at this time it even involved dissociation and the occasional panic attack) and now, at 22, reading it still gave me new tips for the mild anxious discomfort I feel at times.

    Sending love and light to anyone struggling with anxiety right now ❤️

  5. I have a lot different approaches. I have meds like Ativan and weed. I also have noise canceling earbuds and headphones depending where I am so I can focus better. I also try to use what friends I feel I can trust in that situation. It doesn’t always work, but steaming up the bathroom and getting high as he’ll always does.

  6. My wife has anxiety. The only thing I know to do when she has an attack is hold her close and tell her everything is going to be ok. I wish I could do more but she says that she couldn’t ask for anything else.

  7. 90% of the time, I just walk away from the cause, or at least what I think is the cause in that moment, before it becomes panic. Take a few deep breaths, and decide what to do, usually this resolves it. The other 10% I just walk away. The main thing is to give yourself space to think your way out of it.

  8. I am usually at home for the most part so if I am able to, I go for a short walk to help. Gives me something else to focus on and helps calm my nerves and gets me to a state where I can evaluate what is causing the anxiety and how to proceed from there.

  9. Mostly is a feeling of being suffocated or not catching enough air when I breath, then comes the heat, it doesn’t mattrr if I’m outside and it’s freezing, I suddenly need to take my jacket and leave the neck area exposed, and finally comes the feeling of hearing everything more quiet like I’m covering my ears, and the feeling that I’m gonna throw up.
    I Vape so smelling the juice helps me to slowly calm down, and I also try to convince myself that everything is in my head, the breathing issue, the nausea, etc. I’m better now but occasionally comes back and it’s really awkward when I’m outside of home

  10. I’m on antidepressants, not good for anxiety though (but helps not to spiral it out of control). I have Valium for crisis situations. I have work support and access to talk therapy when I need it. I try to do a physical activity at least once a week.

    I also do around 100-250mg of ketamine every 2-3 weeks and this is a life saver.

  11. I was diagnosed 5 years ago but have had them all my life. I don’t have any particular trigger to mine, I have gotten them at work and at home. The best way is to acknowledge its happening and try to slow your breathing. It’s also good practice to drink water.

  12. Something else to focus on. Quick, stop what you are doing and give me 10 foods that start with W. Give me 7 common things that start with Y. Give me the name of the characters from…You get the point. It’s actually of form of CBT Stop Therapy. It doesn’t always work for me, but man, when I do it for others they all tell me it works.

  13. I’ve found what really helps me is to really be aware of my surroundings. I often will tell myself to name off 5 things I see around me, 5 things I can hear etc. it helps bring me back

  14. I try to get away from the attack. That’s why I’m not going to school, i can’t start doing push ups in the middle of the class.

    Basically i do that butterfly trick to stop my heart, and then i go distract myself with something

  15. When I feel it coming, I try to get into my bedroom, close the door and let it explode (because of I somehow try to stop it it will come back later and wouldnt be able to stop it again).

    Solution when there is a panic attack? I take 1 of the pills the doctor sent me specifically for this, its a tranquilizer which I can strictly use only in a panic attack.

    Outside from panic attacks, those are clear signs something is not ok in your life, so I’d recommend seeking professional help and doing excercise very very often.

    I started working out and now I just keep going and going not for bulking, but for the fantastic and calm feeling I get once I end the training session.

  16. I started having destabilizing anxiety attacks the first time 2 years ago, when my boyfriend of 9 years was leaving for the week-end for an event. The second the sun started to go down, I had a massive anxiety attack. On Monday, I called a psychiatrist, had 2 sessions, then COVID hit.

    Then it happened again a few weeks ago when my BF was going to another city for the weekend. As it was the second time my BF was leaving for a week-end, I though I could handle it. The first time took me by surprise, but the second time I was ready.

    Or so I thought.

    I wasn’t ready. It still hit me like a truck. I had all my tools to help me close (music, candles, tea, a drawing book, soduku book, etc.). It didn’t help. My BF coudn’t come back home like the first timr, so I ended up going to a good friend’s house. It helped a lot.

    I have a pretty stressful job and my BF thinks it might be related. But I don’t know.

    Obviously, my trigger is when I’m alone and it’s getting dark. I have no idea how to deal with that. I just want to stop having anxiety attacks. I just don’t want this to ever happen again, but that’s not how it works.

    Anyway – I guess I’m open to tips if anyone have any!

  17. Anxiety attacks or panic attacks? They’re actually different things, at least to some peoples’ experiences. Panic attacks are a medically recognized term, anxiety attacks are not, though. Panic attacks are the very punctuated ones that thankfully only last for maybe an hour or so, with the extreme symptoms, and panic attacks are a bit more dull but are more prolonged. Either way, whichever affects you, I’m sorry to hear it.

    I wish I had a silver bullet approach, but I find that in general just trying to distract myself with *anything* is the best way to try to get calm. The problem is that every single time it happens, it feels like it’s a heart attack and that sense of impending doom never feels fake. I think the first step should be at least acknowledging you’re in it, and just trying to convince yourself that it’s an attack and that you’ll get through it. Distract yourself with a relaxing video game or something.

  18. You either can or can’t deal with it. I personally just have to shut off and hide away.

    If I’m in public or working I have to do my best to try to manage my breathing and just try my best to focus on a specific thing. Can be anything seeing me off and anything helping me out.

    Sometimes though just hyperventilating, something to hold and a space away from people just does the trick

  19. To be honest, usually diazepam.

    It’s not a drug you should faff about with as it’s highly addictive. Only use it when you REALLY need it.

    I usually drop 2mg (the smallest dose tablet there is), then if I still feel panicky, I’ll take a 5mg on top. That’s usually enough. If it’s a REAL shitshow and it won’t let up, then I’ll take another 5mg tablet after an hour or so.

    I’ve never needed to go above 12mg.

    Shame is, doctors are usually really reluctant to prescribe it since it’s addictive, but my mum used to work for a doctor and he would give me a small stash of them occasionally (all above board and properly prescribed, logged in my medical records etc.), but getting my current doctor to prescribe me a few is just an uphill battle 🙁

  20. This works for me. Stop whatever you’re doing because it might be what’s giving you the attack. Go outside and walk quickly, looking at and observing to yourself interesting things you see (like a funny garden gnome). You should settle down after a bit.

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