Join ADHD Groups!

Click the arrows to expand each group category below

Parents of ADHD Children

ADD Adults

ADHD and Related Conditions

ADHD Professionals

ADHD Resources

Groups by Location

Anxiety and ADHD

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!!!

Replies

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

Hi Sam,

I am so sorry to hear how much you are struggling.  I know anxiety all too well.  I too suffered from panic attacks in my twenties.  The fact that your mother struggles with these same issues shows there is probably a hereditary link. 

The right medication could really help with your symptoms.  Something else that has the possibility of eliminating anxiety/panic attacks for good is Neurofeedback.

Neurofeedback works by affecting brain waves.  When we are awake, we have two prominent brain waves, alpha and beta.  Alpha are the calming waves and beta comes in medium and high.  Medium is being alert and aware of your surroundings.  High is like it is midnight and you are asleep and someone is trying to break into your home.

I found out when I started Neurofeedback that I was operating in low alpha waves and high beta waves.  I was living 24/7 like someone was trying to break into my house.  Voila my constant anxiety made total sense!

Anxiety is the most common symptom treated by Neurofeedback.  I suffered with chronic anxiety until I was 49.  I am now 51 and have been symptom free for the last 18 months since doing Neurofeedback.  With the exception (last fall) of two small incidents when my stepmother died and my beloved cat died.  I found intense grief triggered my anxiety and it was relieved both times with a 30 minute session of NF.

Take it from my me, I spent 30 solid years of trying to alleviate anxiety symptoms with therapy, acupuncture, EMDR and hypnotherapy.  They all gave me temporary relief.  Unfortunately none worked permanently like Neurofeedback.

I will put a link at the bottom for you.  Please keep us posted.

p.s. I am also putting a link to a blog post I did today.  I hope it might be helpful.

Mitzi

http://www.eeginfo.com/what-is-neurofeedback.php

http://www.thehummingbirdeffect.com/the-majority-rule/

Posted by Mitzi Maine on Jul 10, 2014 at 1:23am

Reply to this thread

You must be logged in to reply. To log in, click here.
Not a member? Join ADDConnect today. It's free and easy!

Not a member yet? Join here »


Important! User-Generated Content

The opinions expressed on ADDConnect are solely those of the user, who may or may not have medical training. These opinions do not represent the opinions of ADDConnect or ADDitude magazine. For more information, see our terms and conditions.