June 13, 2014
Thought my anxiety was becoming a bit better but, it’s just changing. I was reading about panic disorder and i just realized that I’ve been having panic attacks and didn’t know it. In my mind I didn’t think I was in a panic mode, but my thoughts have been triggering symptoms. My thoughts of fear and worry. This whole time I’ve been telling myself it’s my high blood pressure or fibromyalgia. I’ve been panicking; even as I sleep sometimes. I’m feeling so out of it today; along with headaches dizziness and feeling like I’m suffocating. I really do feel like no matter what I will be suffering the rest of my life. All I want is to be happy, how can I be happy if the people I love are not or I feel they’re disappointed in me. They expect more from me and I give all I can; I do my best. That’s why we all need help. That is why we are meant to be with someone; where you may be weak they are strong.
Symptoms of a panic attack, which often last about 10 minutes, include:
Pounding heart or chest pain.
Intense feeling of dread.
Sensation of choking or smothering.
Dizziness or feeling faint.
Trembling or shaking.
Nausea or stomachache.
Tingling or numbness in the fingers and toes.
Chills or hot flashes.
A fear that you are losing control or are about to die.
Complications of untreated panic disorder include:
Avoidance. A person may discontinue any activities that seem to trigger a panic attack. This can make a normal work and home life nearly impossible.
Anticipatory anxiety. This refers to anxiety that is triggered merely by thinking about the possibility of having an anxiety attack.
Agoraphobia. This is the fear of being in places or situations in which an attack may occur, or from which escape would be difficult or highly embarrassing. This fear can drive people to avoid public places and crowds, and may even progress to the point that the person will not leave his or her home. About one-third of people with panic disorder develop agoraphobia.
Claustrophobia. The person fears enclosed spaces.