Travis88
Hey everyone. Still struggling big time. Not accepting. Don’t reallY know how or if I’m doing it right. I have anxiety all day and it leads to what I think is a panic attack. It’s just a flood of bad thoughts that build up then calm down. Then I’m stuck with this anxious feeling. I don’t have any physical symptoms during these mind attacks. Don’t know what panic attacks really are or if I have them. I don’t know. I just miss my old self. Feel like a different person. I know I come on here and say the same thing all the time but it helps me to vent and get advice. I just feel like I’m mentally dying.
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Alice26
Hello, sorry to hear you’re having a bad time. I would say you’re experiencing severe anxiety attacks? I have felt like that before but more short-lived. Horrible to feel like you’re losing yourself. Be kind to yourself. Practice deep breathing and muscle relaxation. I use an app called oticon tinnitus sound (because I have tinnitus). It takes practice to relax. When I can’t calm down by myself I use the app because a voice is telling me what to do. It took me 4 hours to do anything this morning because of feeling anxious with racing negative thoughts. I had to will myself to get dressed and do something productive. I feel like you need to take a breath - you are in control.
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Travis88
How to deal with an anxiety attack when it’s all mental?
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Alice26
Have you been to the doctors? Perhaps call a mental health charity? It is good to educate yourself about what anxiety actually is. when you have a clearer understanding it can be easier to deal with. Have you heard the phrase ‘you are not your thoughts’? - well it’s true.

If you haven’t already, I suggest you go to the GP.

I had an anxiety attack once lasting about 5 hours and I wandered about town being weird and couldn’t calm down. I suggest you do something with the adrenaline like exercise, or do the opposite and concentrate on doing something calming and focused like sketching. As I said, if you are in a constant state of anxiety you should go to the docs. You also need to be kind to yourself and give yourself a break.
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Travis88
Thanks Alice. Yeah I have been to the psychiatrist but I don’t like taking medicine. I see a therapist, but not really getting anywhere. The thing is I just want it gone and since I’m doing this it seems to get worse.
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Alice26
You sound like you are fighting it? What about acceptance? Fighting is draining and stressful in itself. Acceptance isn’t giving up, it’s realising you have a problem and you’re going to practice techniques to help that problem. I am no expert, these are just things I tell myself too, so my wording might be off. This morning I found this video on YouTube, maybe this channel will be useful in learning approaches to overcome how you’re feeling? Channel name Nick Cascone :

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