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    Panic disorder symptoms


    Panic disorder is an anxiety disorder where you regularly have sudden attacks of panic or fear.

    Everyone experiences feelings of anxiety and panic at certain times. It's a natural response to stressful or dangerous situations.

    But someone with panic disorder has feelings of anxiety, stress and panic regularly and at any time, often for no apparent reason.

    During a panic attack you get a rush of intense mental and physical symptoms. It can come on very quickly and for no apparent reason.

    A panic attack can be very frightening and distressing.

    Symptoms include:

    -a racing heartbeat

    -feeling faint



    -chest pain

    -shortness of breath


    -hot flushes


    -shaky limbs

    -a choking sensation


    -numbness or pins and needles

    -dry mouth

    -a need to go to the toilet

    -ringing in your ears

    -a feeling of dread or a fear of dying

    -a churning stomach

    -a tingling in your fingers

    -feeling like you're not connected to your body

    Most panic attacks last between 5 and 20 minutes. Some have been reported to last up to an hour.

    The number of attacks you have will depend on how severe your condition is. Some people have attacks once or twice a month, while others have them several times a week.

    Although panic attacks are frightening, they're not dangerous. An attack will not cause you any physical harm, and it's unlikely you'll be admitted to hospital if you have one.

    Be aware that most of these symptoms can also be symptoms of other conditions or problems, so you may not always be experiencing a panic attack.

    For example, you may have a racing heartbeat if you have very low blood pressure.

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    I am so tired of being expected to prove why I cannot work, how sick I actually am, all of the things I have tried, why something isn’t a viable suggestion- I’m constantly confronted with people who tell me I don’t have to explain myself yet put me in situations where they are asking me all of these questions that do nothing other make me re-explain it all again and leave me feeling defensive, minimized, dismissed, and invalidated.
    It’s a constant conversation thread with each person I interact with. There is no normalcy in my life anymore.
    Because I’m homeless and reliant on others for their kindness and generosity- I really cannot stop having these conversations or set better boundaries. I have tried. I cannot force people to understand.
    Often going with my favorite line that everyone uses “you know you are safe with me.” Stop telling me that. You don’t get to define who I feel safe with.
    It’s really making my symptoms a lot worse.
    #ComplexPosttraumaticStressDisorder #CPTSD #DomesticAbuseSurvivors #ChronicVestibularMigraine #Agoraphobia #PanicAttacks

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    My problems are too much for people and I’m becoming self loathing

    Every time I interact with anyone- I hate myself for sharing things. I just wish I would sit there and stop talking. It keeps ending badly. I overshare and then become defensive. I feel too vulnerable. I never had issues like this before #ComplexPosttraumaticStressDisorder
    I just opened up about some of the trauma I’ve experienced and my friend was like “tbh idk what’s going on with you and I can’t offer that kind of support.” I immediately apologized for oversharing.
    I don’t know what to say to anyone anymore. The reality of my life is too much and they don’t want to hear it.
    I also hate how “othered” I feel. It’s often “well that wouldn’t happen to me because I would do this instead” or “I wouldn’t have gotten myself into that situation.” 🤦🏻‍♀️ it becomes about me and not what has happened. It becomes how they don’t “agree” with my presentation of symptoms. It’s not something they (or I) can agree or disagree with. I don’t know.
    #DomesticAbuseSurvivors #CPTSD #Agoraphobia #PanicAttacks

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    #ECT for #BipolarDepression

    I have been struggling with #BipolarDepression for several years now. I am seeking treatment in a psychiatric hospital and they have suggested #ECT . The doctors make it out to be a magic bullet for treating the depression but I am skeptical. I have tried it in the past but I got panic attacks and wasn’t able to get through a full course of treatment. Now they want me to do 12-18 sessions which feels like a lot.

    Is there anyone here with actual experience with #ECT ? I already know what the doctors say but I’d like to hear from people who have done it themselves.

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    Have you given Table Talk With The Mighty a listen yet? 🎧

    Each week on Table Talk, Mighty staffers dive into their experiences with mental health, rare disease, migraine, chronic illness, and more to remind you (and each other) how powerful sharing our stories can be.

    Each podcast episode is bite-sized, usually between 10-13 minutes. Here are all of our episodes so far:

    🗓 The Daily Choices We Make Because of Chronic Illness

    🎄 Health & the Holidays: Isolation, Loneliness, and FOMO

    😵‍💫 What We Do When Panic Attacks

    You can listen to all of our episodes here, which release every Tuesday:

    #DistractMe #CheckInWithMe #MentalHealth #Anxiety #Depression #ChronicIllness #ChronicPain #RareDisease #Disability

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    My therapist is looking for another job

    I don’t even want to post this because I feel selfish for being so sad and scared by this. I also cannot adequately describe how dire my situation is- and that sounds overstated.

    But we have been aware of it for at least two years and she is the only one who has been consistently helping me. She is the only person who has been fighting for me and everyone else has given up on my case because my situation hasn’t improved and has gotten almost unbearable even for other people- even other agencies. I am not safe and I haven’t been for years. There aren’t options at the moment and I’m stuck in limbo.

    I only briefly acknowledged how much this is going to suck. We both know she is the only consistent and safe person I have to confide in. (It’s something I have actively been working on for years) She is the first person to tell me she believed me. The extremes of my situation and the lack of options for me make it hard to even move on a good day. Now I feel even more unprotected, vulnerable, and on my own than I ever have. I feel irrevocably broken. Everything feels heavy. When I was trying to drive back after our session - I had to keep stopping my car because I couldn’t drive.

    She isn’t leaving yet and when she does, she is going to help me with that and the transition to whatever the next thing is. But it just doesn’t feel worth it anymore. It hasn’t for years but I keep feeling my future closing in.

    I know other people have probably been here before. This post doesn’t feel like it comes close to how devastating this is.
    #CheckInWithMe #ComplexPosttraumaticStressDisorder #Agoraphobia #PanicAttacks

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    The warning signs I didn’t miss

    I recently left a relationship that felt unsafe despite the fact that it left me with less housing stability when I have almost none

    I keep writing these out. There are so many.
    Here are a few

    *His behavior entirely changed when he was angry- he was indignant and irrational. He angered easily. We was irritable and blamed his angry outbursts and irrationality on insomnia.

    *My days were entirely consumed by attending to his needs- his laundry and helping him sleep and talking to him about his needs. He required all of my attention.
    He self sabotaged by drinking excessive and unhealthy amounts of caffeine (for instance double shot espresso and a bang [energy drink] in just a few hours)
    My health rapidly and severely declined- I was only able to eat about 500 calories a day and could only sleep about four hours. I was catatonic most of the time. I dissociated a lot more, I felt paranoid, I could not make sense of anything, my executive functioning significantly declined. I had no working memory. I felt lost all the time. I felt extremely hopeless
    I started hitting myself and left bruises on my legs- I couldn’t control my body

    *When I tried to talk to him about something that upset me, he made it about how I said it

    *I stopped being able to process anything in therapy- the one place I do feel safe

    *I felt like he was doing things specifically to get a response or reaction from me
    *He “didn’t know” the most basic of life skills and would not do anything to “learn”
    *I was not the only one who struggled to reason with him
    *he demanded a lot of energy and attention from everyone in his life

    I was only able to eat about 500 calories a day and could only sleep about four hours. I was catatonic most of the time. I dissociated a lot more, I felt paranoid, I could not make sense of anything, my executive functioning significantly declined. I had no working memory. I felt lost all the time. I felt extremely hopeless
    I couldn’t talk to my therapist
    I started hitting myself and left bruises on my legs- I couldn’t control my body
    When we talked about moving in together- we spent an entire night talking about why I would not just “give him my entire disability check” and then he would “give me back the money I needed when i needed it.” He ended up asking his friend and his friend told him he was wrong- then he continued to argue with me about it

    He would talk in circles in what felt like an attempt to keep my attention on him
    Nothing made sense
    He twisted what I said
    There were periods after fighting when everything was so good again but it never stayed that way
    I knew if we had plans together- it was likely he would start an argument with me and I would be too sick to do the activity. And then he would fight with me about that, oftentimes with me sitting catatonic. Sometimes he would demand “why aren’t you saying anything!?”
    We agreed to disengaging when things were becoming too bad and I was dissociating. I was the only one to try to do that, despite me reminding him many times
    He always had the last word
    The one that clarified everything for me was when we were going to an event for a project to help me share my story he started an argument with me and I almost was too sick to go. On the way there, he drove erratically. I knew he would deny it. But I was like “this is INTENTIONAL. And this is intimidation as a means of control. This is coercive control.”
    I realized as long as he was around, I was going to have to give up the things I wanted or needed to do because he would make it nearly impossible. Even things he wanted to do too.

    I have been through dating violence and domestic violence before. I know the process of re-remembering all the things that in hindsight are so clear and obvious. I’ll probably post more as I work through this.
    #ComplexPosttraumaticStressDisorder #Agoraphobia #PanicAttacks #DomesticAbuseSurvivors

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    BPD + Confidence / Panic Attacks

    How confident are you about going to your car in a parking garage at night that looks like the picture on this post? Me personally I don't really feel all that confident without someone with me like a friend or family member and we are both going to the same car to drive away. How do you feel

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    Are you afraid of heights

    I am very much afraid of heights, just panic attacks 100 for me. What about you?

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    What’s the most effective way you’ve found to relieve stress?

    How was everyone’s weekend? For me, the weekend was really stressful. I learned a valuable lesson about myself and what’s best for me, but it came with loads of stress and anxiety on my mind and body. What helped me the most was to take a self-care day. I went on a walk, sat by the water, wrote on my blog about my lesson, purchased a plushie and a new book to read, and finished my day with some yummy dinner. Although all of the stress wasn’t relieved, I did feel a lot better than when the day started.

    What helps you the most when you feel extra stressed?

    #Anxiety #ObsessiveCompulsiveDisorder #Agoraphobia #SocialAnxiety #PanicDisorder #PanicAttacks #PTSD #ComplexPosttraumaticStressDisorder #GeneralizedAnxietyDisorder #MentalHealth #BipolarDisorder #Depression #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder #CheckInWithMe

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