reply to post by Erich94
Ive had a similar situation. I got my first panic attack about 7 years ago (Im 25 years old at the moment).
It was the first day of school. Ive been going to this same school the past few years. Before this, Ive never had any anxiety/panic attacks. It was
literally just right out of the blue. Less than an hour into the first day, I began getting the shakes, a mix of hot, then cold, then hot again,
sweating, unable to focus my vision, dry mouth ect....
I thought I was getting hit very heavily with something like the flu and then some. I brushed this day off as 1 in a million. I went back to school
the next day.....and the same thing happened. And the day after, and the day after. And day after day after day.
I eventually got perscribed Prozac. Did it work? Well....yes, as in, it eliminated my anxiety and panic attacks. But...I was not myself anymore. Im
not sure how to say it, but it was as if I was in less control of my own thinking/mental process. It caused me to have "blocks" in my normal
behavior. I knew I was not myself anymore and didnt want this anymore.
I eventually decided to make a choice. Not be myself on drugs like Prozac, or fight and deal with this anxiety crap by myself. I chose to give up
It's been years since Ive taken that stuff. I feel like I actually am myself, not something all drugged up on psychotropic drugs anymore. I have my
Yes I still have anxiety and panic attacks, but I dont use drugs to stop them. I deal with these without chemicals cooked up in a lab. I guess after
dealing with these for so long, Ive become accustomed to them. They're not as bad as they used to be, but they're still there. There really isnt
"100% perfect" advice I could give someone in how to deal with these attacks/anxiety, everyone's deals with this different. My friends with anxiety
have their own ways of dealing with it, and I have my own.
(These are really general suggestions, but it's a start). All I can really suggest is keep telling yourself it will pass. If it's the first day of
school, odds are, there's other people around you dealing with the same situation. Dont focus on the pass, or the future, Just deal with what is
currently going on. (I mean, taking the first day of school for example, dont start looking around at the other students and wonder what they are
thinking of you. Just focus on what the teacher is saying. Then, dont start flipping out over X assignment 3 months down the road. Just tell youself,
"This is a new environment. My body is a bit in shock, but from now on, I will get used to this environment."). Im not sure if that all made much
sense, but I can try and explain better later.