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I'm at a loss with what to do. I had a panic attack at my doctor's appointment 2x this week. I went in with anxiety but was able to keep myself at bay by reminding myself to take deep breaths. I still lost it. She kept asking what she could do to help. I dont normally have an answer. I can't physically get myself to speak during these "episodes." However, today I knew what I needed and could not communicate it. It was a mixture of shame and anxiety to say anything. I couldn't. So this resulted in a longer than normal panac attack. I needed embrace like a tight hug, but I thought it was inappropriate. so even though she asked, the shame and anxiety was to much. I can't seem to stop the panic or communicate my needs

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    • SandyMoss

      356d

      When a hug is inappropriate or unavailable, you could try mimicking the sensory input by wrapping a wide, flat resistance band around your body and/or upper arms. (And, like the 'Alike Wisdom' says, a cool pack on the neck, temples, or wrists might help regulate you enough to make speech available again.)

    • SandyMoss

      356d

      When a hug is inappropriate or unavailable, you could try mimicking the sensory input by wrapping a wide, flat resistance band around your body and/or upper arms. (And, like the 'Alike Wisdom' says, a cool pack on the neck, temples, or wrists might help regulate you enough to make speech available again.)

    • Kandipop

      357d

      Hi! Just curious about this idea, but I have a friend who suffers from anxiety with doctors and they use communication cards to talk to their doctors during anxiety attacks, they even have whiteboard ones made for writing custom things! Just a possible idea for helping to communicate during episodes?

      • Alyss

        357d

        @Kandipop Can you type? yeah I used yo have an app on my phone that when I went into selective mutism, I was able to type out what happened to my friends. It was called emergency chat. I've also found that temperature changes help me during my panic attacks and flashbacks cause they keep me routed in the present moment. I carry around instant ice packs just in case.

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Some people find it helpful to have something cold to put on their neck, as it can help snap them out of the panic attack and slow their breathing. Others suggest having someone talk softly about anything to calm them down or make them laugh. Fanning can also be beneficial, whether it's with a paper fan or turning on the AC. Pressure points can also help, but you may need to look some up. It might be useful to communicate these needs to your doctor in advance or write them down so you can show her during an attack.

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