• I have been having panick attacks feel like i am falling apart is this normal?

    Asked by ILDenlou on Thursday, May 10, 2012

    I have been having panick attacks feel like i am falling apart is this normal?

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    • nancyjac's Avatar

      It's common, but that doesn't make it normal. Talk to your doctor. He/she may be able to help either with meds or by providing info on support groups or other resources for psychological support.

      over 8 years ago
    • caissg's Avatar

      Definitely get a professional opinion. Do not try to self-medicate. take a look at this self-stress test


      This is to help you prepare to what to expect or to get you convinced you need to go see a professional. Support groups, resources are great but first you need a professional opinion.

      wish you all the best and meditate.

      over 8 years ago
    • MichaelV's Avatar

      I hesitated to answer your question. Why? Because I really know where the feeling of panic comes from. When you live "on your skin" you are find until something happens which goes past the skin right into your soul. Many of us are able to manage our lives without going very far into our souls (there are many words for souls but I'm referring to "self"). When we are forced to look further inside than we are either used to or comfortable with, you get a panic attack much the same as someone pushed off a cliff. In a way, you have been pushed off "the cliff" by receiving the diagnosis of Papillary Carcinoma. Just the name alone is kind of scary and unless you are a medical student or doctor you are not used to that kind of chatter. You have just been told you have something that you did not order or ask for. This is upsetting no matter who you are. All of a sudden your life plan has been altered without your permission.
      One of the best things you can do is as old as time, talk to another human being who can help you stabilize and stop the free fall off the cliff. All the medications from pot to heavy drugs do nothing more than null the anxiety that you experienced when you were told, "Nope, can't go down the road you want, you have to go down this XXXX road". You have just had your freedom of choice removed from your life plan. Talking to another person, best with a professionally trained person, can relieve some of the anxiety and start you on a road to accept yourself for the change in life path. Once you stabilize yourself and your outlook on life you will see your panic attacks dissolve into clouds which will be blown away by the strength of your soul. I know that men do not, in general, wish to share their feelings with others, especially if the feeling is perceived as a weakness in one’s self. I personally was put into a psychiatrist's office at the age of 8 as I was a walking mess when it came to communicating with the world around me. It saved my life and all I did was to go every week to “talk” with a guy who was a lot older than me but who was willing to listen to my fears, my skewed view of my soul, etc. All we did was talk and talk and talk. One of my many afflictions was that I stammered so bad I could not talk. Five years later, NO DRUGS ONLY TALK, I had the lead role in the 8th grade play/operetta “The Captain of HMS Pinafore”. I only got there by trusting another human being to help me out of the cage I was locked in by many circumstances most of which I had no control.
      It is very hard to do this yourself cuz you have just been blindsided by a 2x4. Humans need each other. Since the industrial revolution there has been a slow pulling away from one another. We do not have to have the whole family working together to grown food, we can just go to the store all by ourselves and purchase what we need and in doing so we are slowly isolating ourselves from that social contact we, as humans, need. With TV, smart (really think they should be called dumb phones) phones, computers and Internet it is possible to avoid contact with humans altogether. I do not know your life style or your level and ability to communicate with others, but I do know you are human and you need contact with others especially when your foundation is shaken to the bone.
      Like an earlier comment, “do not self-medicate” you will drift deeper in to those awful panic attacks. Reclaim yourself and your soul and take command of the future you have been given.
      I will not get down off my soap box and wish you the very best and know there are many people like myself who care about their fellow man, use us to alleviate the fear you are experiencing. You will be just fine.

      Michael V Metzger

      over 8 years ago
    • rob58's Avatar

      american cancer society will provide you with free counseling. my self i find if i stay busy it is a great help.i go to the gym 3 times a week .this helps me in that i feel im fighting back against this fing disease as well as improving my health,this is just a sugestion for you if you can.i also find time each day to meditate and relax my mind and clear my head of negative thoughts.try to live day to day,if your feeling good today focus on t his and not try to guess the future as you cannot.who knows with todays tecqnology you may live to be a hunded. rob

      over 8 years ago

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