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severe anxiety attacks. elle* mummy of 3!! 3 kids; Australia 248 posts
11th Aug '13

Ok so over the past few weeks my anxiety and depression has been getting worse to the point where i was admitted to hospital last week with severe chest pains and was being monitored for a heart attack, lung clot etc. Well all the tests came back clear and have been told to follow up with my doctor and i went to her today and i just froze. I couldnt explain what was wrong and it ended up with me having to just make an appointment to come back. But what i want to know is WHAT causes anxiety and HOW do i stop it! I cant go on like this :-(

Complete with 2! 2 kids; Maryland 1486 posts
11th Aug '13

Talk to your doctor about meds.
I've suffered with anxiety for pretty much my whole life. The only thing that helps me is Ativan.



In the meanwhile, I would suggest trying to concentrate on your breathing when you feel one coming on and maybe try to pinpoint what you're worrying about. Take a walk. Coloring or doodling helps me.

whatguy Japan 1 posts
25th Oct

It seems that panic attacks may be a symptom of the strains
of modern life: the prevalence of depression in society is sadly an accepted medical condition. It seems that depression is
ever-present, attacking us at work and school.. To a large extent, it is
impossible to escape depression.
The good news is that there are cures and help available from a wide range of sources. The difficulty is finding the remedy or course of action best for you.

Do you ever feel as though you’re on the verge of a complete
nervous breakdown? As though, if one more thing goes wrong with your day that
you don’t know what you’ll do?

I felt exactly the same way just a few short months ago. I
was really burning my candle at both ends between work and college and family
and I didn’t think I could hold on much longer. I was snappy and short with
everyone and then I noticed that my depression was taking a toll on my health.



I found the resources at http://stressmanagementinfo.net



very useful - maybe
worth a look for you also

JessicaLs 1 child; Victoria, BC, Canada 35 posts
28th Oct

Quoting elle* mummy of 3!!:
Ok so over the past few weeks my anxiety and depression has been getting worse to the point where i was admitted to hospital last week with severe chest pains and was being monitored for a heart attack, lung clot etc. Well all the tests came back clear and have been told to follow up with my doctor and i went to her today and i just froze. I couldnt explain what was wrong and it ended up with me having to just make an appointment to come back. But what i want to know is WHAT causes anxiety and HOW do i stop it! I cant go on like this :-(



Anxiety/panic attacks are the nervous systems response to what it feels is a threat. It was of course useful back in the caveman days but now unfortunately sometimes our bodies register a threat as something not threatening but we still go into the panic response which is also sometimes referred to as fight or flight. The brain registers something as a threat and sends this signal to the adrenal glands which pump out cortisol and adrenalin which then affect a lot of your bodies systems. It increases your heart rate to pump more blood to the muscles to get ready to RUN in response to a threat. It dilates your pupils in order to give you the best chance at perceiving the threat and running/protecting yourself. You breath faster sometimes so to get more oxygen into your blood and then into the cells/muscles that need it. A lot of other things can happen in the body as this happens too, like a racing mind, feeling like you're going to die, feeling like you're going to have a heart attack. I've learned somewhat about how this happens in the body but I've also unfortunately learned about it first hand too. I've had anxiety/panic disorder for about 10 years. I take medication now but there are various ones to help like ativan and clonazepam although those aren't always recommended because they are usually habit forming. Sometimes doctors will prescribe antidepressants to help curb anxiety symptoms because sometimes depression/anxiety are linked but for some reason the depression meds can help with it, not exactly sure why.

Meditation helps or exercise (like running). Make sure you're getting enough sleep and staying healthy in other ways like eating enough and staying hydrated with water. Yoga can help as well. Also, if you feel overwhelmed with anxiety try box breathing.

Breath in for 4 counts, hold for 4 counts, breathe out for 4 counts, hold for 4 counts.