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Panic Attacks and Work

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Hi, new here.

I have a question on how people cope with panic attacks and working. I work as a waitress and constantly deal with customers. Iv been working with people ffor a good 3 years now, but on rare occasions my heart will start blasting out of my chest and i can feel it in my throat. my body gets hot and I just want to run away before i faint in front of them.
Thankfully, Iv been able to cut my presentations short and just walk away and go to the bathroom to cry. I come out and there is this weird aura. I feel dizzy and continue to work. Im quiet and it effects my tips and quality of work. Is there anyway I can stop this from happening to me again?
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replied December 18th, 2011
sounds more like anxiety attack than a panic disorder. do you have these attacks only at work or also while you are at home or by yourself? if not, it is just a mild form of anxiety from the crowds. you could ask your doctor for a mild benzodizepine such as xanax or lorazepam. you only have to use it when you are having an attack.
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replied January 16th, 2012
Hi Solitary23, I was just diagnosed with panic disorder (meaning today!) and I have the same problem as you. I am a teacher and I experience the sweaty palms, heat wave feel, and loss of balance every once in a while. I am still working with a cardiologist and the general doctor to find some solutions. However, usually just laying down for 2-3 minutes helps relieve my symptoms. Also, I read on a blog somewhere that counting backwards from 100 can take your mind off the fact that you are panicking. I have not tried this but will try it next time. Please let me know if anything else works for you and we can compare results Smile
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