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Anexity turning into Panic

Hey guys, I’m Samantha *but i prefer Sam* I am 17 years old and i have been noticing that my Anexity attacks have been turning into Panic Attacks very fast or i just start having a Panic Attack. I know all the warning signs of a panic attack because my mom has gotten them my whole life. I keep asking my doctor what i should do but she just keeps saying try to “de-stress” and things along that line. One major problem. I’m on of those people who are always tense and on edge and is always over thinking EVERYTHING!!! Plus i struggle with body-dismorphia. I just wish i had someone who understands and wont judge me because all ^ that is just the very tippity top of my iceberg. Therapist make me feel like I’m actually crazy and ugh i just cant stand them anymore. I say a few when i was younger to help deal with my brothers death. Anyway, anything helps like honestly!! Thank you bunches!!!

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Hi samanthawhitney!

I’m so sorry to hear that you are struggling with anxiety and panic attacks. I don’t have ADHD, but I do have some pretty wicked anxiety, so I truly get it. No amount of rationalizing will stop your physical response to fear and stress. The right therapist will understand that—so look for a new one to visit.

Medication can help a great deal too.

ADHD and anxiety are often present together. Here’s an article with some strategies to handle both: http://www.additudemag.com/adhd/article/1987.html. I hope you find some useful tips in it.

Penny
ADDconnect Moderator, Author & Mom to Tween Boy with ADHD and LDs

Posted by adhdmomma on Jul 09, 2014 at 2:39pm

my son has ADHD and Anxiety, we are trying to treat the ADHD with Adderall and the anxiety with therapy and meditation. I suffer from anxiety and a few years back I was going through some very stressful time and I started getting panic attacks. I did go on medication and started taking yoga and learn to meditate and have some mantra’s to repeat to myself to calm myself down. It sounds like you have had some very traumatic experiences and I think you need a therapist to be able to hear you and be supportive of where you are at this point and work with you to find solutions.

You writing about it is a good idea, you can see what triggers a panic attack and you can write what you will do to calm yourself if it comes or what you will think about (happy place, idea) to bring you back or prevent you from getting to that point.
Good luck to you and keep writing, remember you know yourself and if some situations are more stressful and you feel you can’t handle them right now, stay away from them until you feel ready to deal with them.  I know anxiety is an ongoing battle, I have to talk to my son every day on ways to deal with new situations that come up in school and with friends, but I know that you and he can learn tools to be able to manage it.

Posted by Ladyelizabeth on Jul 09, 2014 at 5:23pm

bless your heart.  are u agoraphobic?  eating disorder?  if the later then you want a therapist who specializes in eating disorders.  a good therapist can teach you techniques that will help with panic attacks.  in viva is where you imagine having a panic attack in the office then the therapist helps you to self comfort.  to avoid agoraphobia when you are out and have a panic attack you can tell yourself that you are not going to die, its just a panic attack that it will end and you can continue doing whatever you were doing.  this is very difficult but after a while you will realize that it is distorted think to think that the only safe place is at home.  again find a therapist skilled w/dealing with panic attacks…

peace,
Mark

Posted by mark4francis on Sep 15, 2014 at 3:29pm

Welcome to the club, have anxiety as well and am always tense and overthinking everything.

Music has helped a great deal for me, it provides a distraction away from, well anything I don’t like, different types of music for different moods and stress levels, Personally I like “Anna Nalick - Breathe” when stressed and starting to thinking negatively.

Or songs from the bands “Skillet”, “Breaking Benjamin” or “Three Days Grace” when angry and need to move to just get away from frustrating thoughts.

If that’s some thing you would be interested in I can recommend a few other songs or bands. When I am able to I follow along just dance songs, sounds silly but combines music with exercise and you end up feeling better at the end because of the silly moves you followed along with.

I don’t have body-dismorphia, so can’t say anything about that. But I do have a very nice leather jacket and very cool hat I like to wear when feeling bad about the day or just want to feel better about myself/my body. So pick out any piece of clothes that you know you look awesome in and wear it when you start to doubt it grin Also helps when others think you look good in it as well.

Posted by Erised on Dec 18, 2014 at 6:54am

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