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Panic attacks

lisathomas50lisathomas50 Posts: 4,324 Disability Gamechanger
edited March 31 in Disabled people
Hi sorry to bother you all  since I have had corona virus and started going out I have started haveing panic attacks again i fo go out and try not to show to people around me that I am haveing one 

I have seen my dr and she has confirmed they are panic attacks I need a different way to try and cope with them has anyone got any ideas if I can control it when it first starts but if I can't I go into a full blown attack which I had  the other day which was awful 

Thank you in advance 


  • janer1967janer1967 Member Posts: 11,120 Disability Gamechanger
    @lisathomas50 sorry to hear about your attacks 

    Is is going out generally or to certain places . Are you ok if you go with someone 

    I haven't ever had a panic attack so dont really have any advice 
  • chiariedschiarieds Community Co-Production Group Posts: 9,114 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi Lisa, I've suffered from these in the past. What helped me was concentrating on my breathing; try to get that under control, & breathe slowly but deeply. Practice the following to get the hang of this whilst you're at home: https://www.guysandstthomas.nhs.uk/resources/patient-information/therapies/abdominal-breathing.pdf
    Hope this helps.
  • Sandy_123Sandy_123 Member Posts: 1,536 Pioneering
    I don't get panic attacks but I get anxious I always do distraction for anxiety, not sure for for panick attacks, 
  • lisathomas50lisathomas50 Posts: 4,324 Disability Gamechanger
    @chiarieds thank you I need to get on top of it before it gets out of control @Sandy_123 thank you I fi distraction now but doesn't always work 
  • woodbinewoodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 4,428 Disability Gamechanger
    Sorry to hear this @lisathomas50 senior management had some shocking panic attacks when she was going through the change, once she new there was something causing them they seemed to ease off.
    "Putting a child into care, isn't caring for a child" (T.Rhattigan)
  • lisathomas50lisathomas50 Posts: 4,324 Disability Gamechanger
    @woodbine thank you I thought I was dying I couldn't breath I was going dizzy and I couldn't stand up  the dr said  its because of the pandemic and fear of getting it again so I need to cope with it better 
  • lisathomas50lisathomas50 Posts: 4,324 Disability Gamechanger
    @janer1967 it happens any time I go out where there are people  as long as I stay away from people I can control them and if I am with someone I know they still happen but try not to show it to the other person which makes it last longer 

    They start as soon as I go out the door I was only haveing one a day but they have increased to between 4 and six  if I don't go out I don't have them 

    Dr is worried that I will soon become to scared to go outside which I don't want to happen 
  • Tori_ScopeTori_Scope Posts: 4,989

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    Panic attacks are really unpleasant, so I'm sorry you've been having them @lisathomas50.

    Have you tried any grounding techniques? A lot of people find the 5-4-3-2-1 method helpful. I can explain it if you haven't heard of it before.

    There's also no shame in trying out medication if that would help.

    Often it's a case of trying out different things and finding out what works for you. If I'm at home I like to jump in the shower, but that's not possible when out and about :D 
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