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How do you go about managing panic attacks?

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  • vikkyt

    266d

    Celexa and klonopin has helped me . Focusing on something else when I have a panic attack.

  • SophieMoon

    266d

    I second the weighted blanket! I have ASMR videos that I like to turn to if I’m alone during a panic attack, they help you focus on your breathing and keep you a bit more grounded.

  • SAMHAIN

    266d

    @Charlotte2468 - how did you go about getting that? Did your psychiatrist offer it, or give it by your request? Or did you have to get some other dx to be "eligible" for it's off-label use? This sounds like a terrific approach for me bc I wont take benzos or anti-psychotics. Does it get to work almost immediately?

  • wulfiana

    266d

    Yes. Weighted blanket (i have 2 of them so that i can stack them if i need it. A 12lb one and a 15lb one)

  • Kelz

    266d

    @charlotte2468 that’s interesting that you take that. I take it for my essential tremor but it doesn’t help my anxiety. Wish it did.

  • Drey

    266d

    I started using the breathwrk app and it had really helped when I have an anxiety attack coming on. Icing my chest and weighted blankets have also helped a lot! :$

  • Drey

    266d

    :)

  • Chandel

    266d

    EDMR treatment is also helpful for panic attacks.

  • Bay_Area_Enby

    266d

    Weighted blanket for the win. I also have someone I love/trust hold my hand. Another awesome purchase I made was an acupressure mat. It’s nice to lay or stand on it when I feel depressed or a panic attack coming on.

  • zenflower

    265d

    i typically lay down or get on the ground and lay down cause i need to feel “grounded” and cold. all while in silence. i also listen to my breathing and it somehow calms me down

  • Gnatt

    265d

    The Rootd app worked wonders for me when I was to the point of having panic attacks daily. It’s very easy to use, and there’s a big red button you can hit if you’re in the midst of an attack which gives you prompts to calm you down. It’s also very cute, so that helps. I’ve recommended it to multiple people I know who have had panic and anxiety issues come up.

  • Gubermicfatkins

    265d

    Idrk. I just realized I’ve been having silent panic attacks recently though and I’ve had issues dealing with them. I’m sorry you’re dealing with this too but I’m glad Im not alone in this.

  • PeanutBear

    265d

    I’m very much a nester. Can’t use a weighted blanket bc of my asthma, but the next best thing is a blanket burrito and a dark room (to minimize overstimulation). Breathing exercises are such a lifesaver. Also a weird individual thing, I count my heartbeats. I have no idea when or why I started doing this. Something instinctual I guess and it’s oddly comforting.

  • PeanutBear

    265d

    @Charlotte2468 So glad to hear I’m not the only one who does this!! 💕

  • Chillbo

    265d

    I started carrying really sour hard candy around with me, it’s shown to rest your minds thinking.

  • SAMHAIN

    265d

    The counting heartbeats thing makes a lotta sense. I changes the train of thought your brain is on and makes it harder to concentrate on spirals if you're doing something logical like math, bc now your brain has changed which srea is getting energy and such. It's like counting sheep to fall asleep—just stop the anxiety and overthinking.

  • rachelhoops

    264d

    deep breathing helps me a lot, breathing out longer than you breathe in. I try to focus on something else and tell myself positive things

  • rachelhoops

    264d

    I also have been doing guided meditations that i just find on youtube, they seem kinda funny at first but they really calm me down

  • SAMHAIN

    263d

    Oh, um, Lamaze breaths!! That's what they're designed to do—calm the wildest anxiety attack ever 😳

  • SAMHAIN

    263d

    Idk how i forgot about that one. One deep breath in through the nose to 75%, then a second one about 10%, then exhale through the mouth slowly but forcefully. Repeat.

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