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Long post ahead: Last night I think I had a panic attack. I’m not sure what triggered it, though I was trying to sleep after getting pretty badly sunburned on my back. It wasn’t working— I was constantly shifting around a lot and because I was in a hotel room, my mom yelled across the room to “Stop moving around/fidgeting and go to bed.” After that I’m not sure if it was because of pain or my forgetfulness to take my Lexapro, but I just started “crying”. I say crying in quotes because tears were falling and I was trying to cry but it wouldn’t make sound. I would gasp for breath and then shove my head into a pillow to prevent myself from making sound because I would often get yelled at by my dad for crying (and I didn’t want to annoy them even more than I did). It got so bad that my head felt light, I was dizzy, I couldn’t breathe, everything was horrible. Eventually after my parents realized I was upset and genuinely crying (my dad had told me to “quit the act”), my mom stepped in and grounded me by holding me and giving me water. I was able to calm down enough to sleep and the next day I was fine. These “panic attacks” happen occasionally where some small occurrence puts me on edge and then if pushed to far I will break— sometimes it’s after I get upset and yell or sometimes it’s after being yelled at, or to hide my crying noises I will repress them (since I had been yelled at when I cried or told “stop being so sensitive” as a child) so much that one small thing “tips the bucket” and everything goes to hell after that. I’m not sure what to call this nor am I sure on how to manage it. Anything helps at this point, I don’t know what to do. I don’t even know if this post makes sense so I apologize for that.

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    • tekoi

      800d

      This is a textbook panic attack, stressor, trigger and reaction. As with every condition, you'll have to work with yourself and the people around you to reduce how often you get attacks and how to make them gentler when they happen

    • tekoi

      800d

      This is a textbook panic attack, stressor, trigger and reaction. As with every condition, you'll have to work with yourself and the people around you to reduce how often you get attacks and how to make them gentler when they happen

    • Picklelover21

      800d

      I’m so glad your mom was able to ground you and help you out like that! My mom is definitely still learning but she’s getting better at it. As for your dad I think he really needs parenting lessons or something! That made the most sense to me and I completely understand what your going through. Idk if there’s a word for it but Ik I also get that way sometimes. Honestly I think it has to do with childhood trauma but don’t quote me on that one. I forgot what else I was going to say so if I remember I’ll put it in a different comment or message you directly 😬😂🤷🏽‍♀️

    • bhudson_2343

      800d

      you don’t have to apologize for anything! i’ve been dealing with anxiety my whole life but just recently got put on medication. I’m not sure how to explain what you’re going through but i’ll say what i’ve been through. So i’m pretty sure i have a fear of throwing up, and when i feel dizzy or even get a small feeling of throwing up my whole body goes into panic mode and i have a full on panic attack and eventually end up throwing up. How i deal with it now is that i try to keep my breathing calm and focus on something else then the current situation. I call a friend or try reading. It’s gotten a lot better cause i’ve been to therapy and i’m on medication. If that situation ever happens again, try to go to the bathroom and splash water on your face and if that doesn’t work then tell your parents, or even a friend, your having a panic attack and hopefully they will comfort you.

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