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November 1, 2012 7:09 AM Subscribe
Every morning for the past five days, I wake up and then immediately begin having a panic/anxiety attack. Please help me figure out what I am doing wrong!
posted by like_a_friend to Health & Fitness (15 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I've had periodic, infrequent panic attacks since my dad became ill/died three years ago. (The first one was shortly after his hospitalization). Since then they generally have accompanied a huge immediate shock/change/stress: a job change, a breakup, travel, etc. I've mostly managed them without meds, though I have xanax on hand for emergencies.
Now all of a sudden I am having them every day. What happens is, my alarm clock goes off. I wake up. A second later my chest begins to ache, heart races, my palms start sweating, and before I know it I'm trapped in bed with a full-fledged panic attack.
I can't think of what is triggering these. If anything, I'm getting MORE sleep than I used to. My life is fairly awful and stressful and depressing, but that's not really anything different from how it typically is (that is, there are no NEW stresses; "my job sucks and I'm broke" could describe the past ten years of my life). I had a bad breakup about a month ago but we've since reconciled. I get more or less frequent exercise. I haven't changed my diet.
Is there something I might be missing that would cause these symptoms on such a "regularly scheduled" program?