So I'm 16 and for as long as I can remember I've had panic attacks. And I couldn't ever figure out why I had them and little things can set it off. Sometimes it's when there's a change in the scenery around me or the feel of something different even loud noises causes it and I get them really bad, I start crying and hypervenilating so bad i feel like fainting and I feel this need to just keep my arms and fingers moving constantly or I feel like crying again. Ive tried to calm myself down or think about something else to keep them from coming back but it usually doesn't work and the feeling stays with me for a couple hours and it leads me to be depressed shortly after and lasts for awhile. Ive thought it could just be anxiety thing but I'm not sure, I'm worried it could me something more. Could it be anything else or just a high level of anxiety? It freaks me out, please help.
I feel for you, i really do. I know exactly what your going through ! Im 25 now and I've suffered with anxiety & panic attacks for 4 years but im at last starting to learn my self how to control it. I know it is so very hard to overcome. The things you say you do to calm your self down like keep moving around, moving arms and legs ect, will only make more difficult to get rid of that horrid feeling, that tingling vibrating feeling all over or that were about to collapse or faint or worse !! When we have a panic attack, we start to breathe rapidly which is a natural reaction to panic but this is what causes that tingling feeling, the light headedness and dizziness. Because we start to breathe quickly, were not getting enough oxygen in our bodys, thus the body will start to react to lack of oxygen, thats the tingling & light headed feeling you get during an attack !! The key is to try and take slow & deep breaths and and tell yourself that this is just another attack which you have got YOURSELF over plenty of times. Dont keep moving around because this will just make your body need more oxygen due to muscles contracting, which you will not be getting due to breathing rapidly & will only make you feel a whole lot worse & make you panic more ! I know its easier said than done, as i've said this to my doctor numerous of times but i now know that slow and deep breaths do actually work wonders when having a panic attack. No, im not a proffessional on panic attacks but im speaking from personal experience. I hope this can help you in some way