im 25yr old female,with two small children and in a stable relationship!
I have been suffering on and off with anxiety/panic for some years now but they seemed to get much worse shortly after the birth of my first son.
After a whole year of suffering I managed to make some major changes in my life and they almost went away and I managed to become me again!!!
Well soon after I gave birth to my second summer last year,i have felt very much the same as I did last time,im constantly feeling dizzy,out of breath and tired.
I get the odd palpitation which are awful to say the least.I really think im going to die when I get them they are that intense!
Hence I have been to gps on numerous occassions and everything seems fine,just having to take propranol once a day to control panics etc.
When I get a panic attack,they always occur out of the blue,for no reason at all,at first I get the tight feeling in my throat,like someone is chocking me then my heart strats racing soo fast I think im having a heart attck.
I cant sit,i pace, my hands go all clamy and tense.
Its just awful,i have ended up in a&e with them and do feel a plonker when it calms down!!!
I have constantly got the fear of it at the back of my mind,im scared to stay alone,just incase.
It does control your life,i would just love to get the old me back again for good this time!!!!
I feel the same way. I have 2 kids,im 29 and it started for me about a year ago. My anxiety comes and goes. I thought it was gone, the last month or so I had no symptoms. We decided to put our house for sale and move, so now its back..I get dizzy, hear palps, chest tightness, and a headache that I swear has been non stop for a week. I cant wait for this to end. Im looking into taking zoloft for the anxiety....
Try not to dwell on it and stop thinking that something is going to happen. It will get better with time. Your mind can make you physically sick. I used to worry about everything, had ptsd, panic attacks, depression. Having a baby is traumatic on the baby and the chemical balance or imbalance in your brain. Keep taking the meds that your doctor gives you and take a little therapy. It doesn't hurt. I was in therapy for one year and on medication. I don't need it anymore even thought I have ms now. Take things one day at a time. Just think of the two little ones that are in your care. Good luck.
Maybe an obvious suggestion, but have you tried going to yoga? Once you gain many breathing tecniques, there's a chance you can talk yourself out of one or stabalise the panic till you calm down. Once you stop the breathing and the panic comes back, you can carry on doing it till it stops, or someone else talks or distracts you enough to snap out of it
I appreciate sudden ones are a lot harder. I was reading a paper at work once and the sudden sensation was staggering
I just learnt to realise I can cope with everyday situations but my sometimes my head can't (like a dream I suppose, something else in or trying to take control)
One that worked for me, was to breath out for the count of 6 and breath in for the count of 6. It's hard to maintain, but the breathing and the concentration on counting takes you out of the panic situation and onto the breathing exercise. Stop and the panic may come back. Do it for 10+ minutes and you may train your mind to snap out of playing nasty tricks on you
Cbt is great for panic anxiety and depression but you have to do the exercises everyday so it does take a lot of work and self discipline. I still do the tea form exercise that I learned in the book by sam obitz daily and the thought processes that eliminate panic and anxiety do become ingrained over time.
Tea forms are great but you do need to do them everyday if you want them to become your new way of thinking and get the most out of them. Human nature makes many stop doing them when they are feeling better and that risks the anxiety and panic catching back up to them later. The brain is like a muscle that needs to be exercised to continue to work well.
I wanted to say that my husband once had panic attacks, and I know how terrible they can be. He hasn't had one in a long time, though.
Just recently I learned about the importance of magnesium in helping many of our ills. I can't speak for everyone, but for my husband and I, it's helped us so much in just a matter of a week's time. I didn't realize how many things magnesium deficiency can cause, but it controls the function of 325 or more chemical processes in your body. For example, calcium won't work correctly without it. Potassium won't work without it, and most people are deficient, or most in the US or deficient anyway. I'm sure there's some that aren't. Unfortunately a simple blood test won't help you much even if it shows magnesium in your blood because the most important part of it has to be in your cells.
I've just ordered a book entitled "The Magnesium Factor," by Dr. Mildred Seelig. If you'll go to Amazon and read the customer reviews, you'll see what I'm talking about. Also go to mgwater.com
That place has a ton of information about it, including medical articles and such. But there's plently of information about the importance of it. You'll be surprised because you don't hear much about our deficiency in it.
We hear stuff all the time about calcium, and many people have too high calcium, which can cause sudden heart attacks. Calcium needs the natural calcium channel blocker magnesium to work properly after it's done what it's supposed to do. Otherwise, it turns into a crystalized form, which is bad news.
Hey John I was thinking about you last night when I awoke in the middle of the night and was ruminating on everything I had to do today and could not get back to sleep. After about a half hour of tossing and turning I remembered when you told me that you countered the thoughts that kept you awake in a tea form and then were able to get back to sleep. So I got up spent about ten minutes on my tea forms and fell back to sleep after a couple of minutes. Thanks for giving me a new use for them and I'm glad you are receiving your notifications again
Always nice to be thought of and I really like hearing about when my advice was useful to someone Hopefully your sleeping problem was a one night thing and not a recurring problem but keep doing the tea forms on the thoughts that are keeping you awake and you will get through them and back to more restful sleep.