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cardio = panic attack

Raising my heart rate to cardio-levels has a really high chance of making my body think it is having a panic attack and I want it to stop doing that. [more inside]
posted by griphus on Jun 24, 2016 - 8 answers

How can I deal with worsening panic issues?

Extremely rare (once every 2 year) panic episodes are now happening every few days. I know that YANMD and that I need to see someone but I am looking for advice on how to discuss this with a GP and tips for management. [more inside]
posted by ftm on May 8, 2016 - 17 answers

Too worried about procastinating colleagues on shared presentation?

I work in an insular and highly specialized field. One of the most significant international conferences for my field and sector begins in fewer than 10 working days. My team (including myself, a peer, my boss and his bosses) are slated to present at this conference. No one is scheduling time to work on this presentation, I have no idea what to expect at our presentation, and I do not have the power to induce the other participants to begin working on the presentation. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 5, 2016 - 20 answers

How do I stop?

I get into these vicious cycles around this time of the year, in which I make a minor social faux pas and can't stop rehearsing it in my head and feeling weird about it. I then become hypersensitive, and try to apologize or compensate, through which I make more social mistakes. And it keeps going on. HELP ME STOP MYSELF! [more inside]
posted by atetrachordofthree on Apr 2, 2016 - 14 answers

Freaking out about moving/change - NYC to California

We're moving from NYC to California to the Tahoe/Truckee area and i'm really freaking out about it. Are we making a huge mistake? Will we fit in? Will it be multicultural/cosmopolitan enough? I need to make the panic/anxiety stop. [more inside]
posted by nightdoctress on Mar 13, 2016 - 15 answers

Advice on how to deal with failure? I lost my job due to depression.

I took a job in Mexico as an English teacher. Between dealing with culture shock and homesickness, moving away from my boyfriend, a major depressive episode, anxiety and panic, physical health issues, and experiencing an extreme trauma (was raped right before Christimas break)... well, suffice to say, it wasn't the best semester. I was just told that I will not be asked back next year. I was not planning on returning, but my self-esteem has taken a huge hit. How do I move forward after such an awful failure? [more inside]
posted by chocolatespaghetti on Mar 6, 2016 - 10 answers

Romance and uncertainty part two

I have clarified some of my feelings and done some self-work on this relationship, but I'm having trouble trusting myself and my insights. [more inside]
posted by myitkyina on Jan 18, 2016 - 10 answers

Tell me this isn't limerence

I have been pretty sure I like this girl for a while now, and now that the issue has been raised and left unresolved, I'm in crisis mode and don't know what I'm feeling. [more inside]
posted by myitkyina on Dec 13, 2015 - 12 answers

How to deal with extreme anxiety over loved ones' well-being?

I have a lifelong pattern of extreme anxiety attacks and imagining the worst when people I'm close to are not where they say they will be at the time they say they will be there and unreachable. It escalates quickly into a terror that they are dead and at worst ends in uncontrollable shaking and crying. How can I mitigate this? [more inside]
posted by Beethoven's Sith on May 11, 2015 - 5 answers

Need help with core beliefs and travel anxiety

I'm going to put the TL:DR up here. I have lots of limiting core beliefs involving my worth. Meeting new people causes me great anxiety due to these beliefs, which include not being allowed to have any needs, especially those that might inconvenience, irritate, or anger the other person. I also have panic disorder. I've met someone online that I want to meet in person but it would involve a drive of several hours. Travel = panic = debilitating and anxiety-inducing physical symptoms. Help me meet this person while remaining functional. [more inside]
posted by msbadcrumble on May 4, 2015 - 9 answers

How Do I Antidepressant? Tracking success/side effects of medication

I'm working with a psychiatrist to try antidepressants for anxiety in combination with my ongoing work with a therapist. He's started me on a low dose of Cymbalta and says I may need to try a variety of antidepressants before I find out what works. If you take medications for mood/anxiety, how do you track their effects on you to figure out if something is working or not? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 3, 2015 - 10 answers

Mania, Anxiety, and Panic, oh my!!

How do I know when what I'm feeling is simple anxiety, when it's an oncoming panic attack, or when it's becoming a manic episode, as it's coming on, rather than looking back with 20/20 hindsight and going, "Well, duh"? Blizzard inside. [more inside]
posted by The Almighty Mommy Goddess on Dec 27, 2014 - 10 answers

One last question about my crisis

I’m still having panic attacks. I’m having a hard time getting my thoughts together because I’m so stressed -- and they’re kind of circular on top of that -- so forgive me if this post is tough to understand. [more inside]
posted by myitkyina on Jul 21, 2014 - 18 answers

Sudden anxiety attack, can't focus

For no apparent reason, I am suddenly super stressed out and completely unable to concentrate on anything... [more inside]
posted by myitkyina on Jul 5, 2014 - 11 answers

Need low cost mental health care in phoenix, Arizona

I need to find a psychiatrist/therapist/someone who can prescribe and treat chronic anxiety and panic in the Phoenix area, preferably at low cost/sliding scale. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 11, 2014 - 3 answers

Anxiety and Fear-Based Decisions

Yes, another anxiety-related question from me. I'm sorry. I'm currently in the throes of a possible breakup, and I've recently realized that I'm making far too many decisions based on fear - fear of having a panic attack, fear of getting sick, fear of having needs. This has damaged my relationship. I need to stop this behavior, but I'm not sure how to do so without becoming non-functional from the resulting anxiety. [more inside]
posted by msbadcrumble on May 30, 2014 - 8 answers

I need some help with what I assume is adult separation anxiety.

For reasons that I'm have not yet unraveled, I have developed an anxiety trigger around being away from home (away from Mom?) and getting sick. This is a complex issue, interwoven with other issues. I'll try to be succinct. [more inside]
posted by msbadcrumble on May 16, 2014 - 12 answers

How do you calm down and focus? Strategies for coping with anxiety.

Do you suffer from anxiety or severe depression? What are some coping strategies you have developed that help you overcome and push forward? When medicine and therapy alone aren't enough, how have you stiffened up the sinews, summoned up the blood and conquered? [more inside]
posted by Driven on Apr 24, 2014 - 19 answers

Silence!! I kill you!

Mefis, please help me quiet the terrorist in my head. I have panic disorder and I'm afraid of everything, it seems. [more inside]
posted by msbadcrumble on Feb 5, 2014 - 13 answers

How to stay calm at 4 a.m.

There's a lot of advice out there on how to achieve calm when you are awake and focusing. By day I apply this and have become decent at getting a grip and putting things in perspective once I'm awake and out of bed. But what about the hours when you are half-awake in bed and your guard is down? By 8 a.m. I feel like I have been in an all-night punching match with worries that have run loose while the watchmen are passed out. What do you do to avoid sleep-time anxiety? Is the answer just to be even calmer before you go to sleep? Or can you recommend some other middle-of-the-night strategy?
posted by anonymous on Jan 26, 2014 - 39 answers

Declaring a mental disability on a job application in healthcare

Should I declare a mental illness on a job application within the NHS (UK) or not? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 31, 2013 - 12 answers

When do I move on to the next stage to eliminate the panic?

I've been on 20mg of citalopram (Celexa) for about 10 days and I actually feel worse. At what point should I start CBT OR at what point should I complain to my GP? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 10, 2013 - 13 answers

seek and ye shall find

How do I ask my new doctor for tranquilizers without seeming like a crazy drug addict? [more inside]
posted by mittens on Oct 30, 2013 - 25 answers

How to combat anxiety?

My anti-depressant (Wellbutrin XL) is generally working, but one of the side-effects is a great deal of generalized anxiety. I'm stuck with the anti-depressant for now, so I'm looking for practices, foods, or medications you've been prescribed that helped you combat anxiety. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 18, 2013 - 26 answers

Worried about night time palpatations. Advice?

Been having pretty constant heart palpatations. I have had them before, but they have been generally isolated. The ones I'm having during the day are minor, but they are persistent. I went to the hospital, and the doctor said to get a heart monitor. I went to my general practitioner and he said I had already had a heart monitor, so there was no need for one. Anyway, the palps get pretty bad at night to the point where my chest starts to ache. In the past I have also had panic attacks and anxiety problems, some of which during palpatations were present. What do you guys think is going on? What should I do? Any advice is welcome
posted by Thanquol180 on Jun 16, 2013 - 26 answers

Can you two just please introduce yourselves because I have no idea!

I've had this silly and embarrassing little problem for years and I'm noticing that it's getting worse. Sometimes, when I run into somebody I know or if I'm introducing somebody I know to somebody they don't know, I truly blank out on the name of the person I know. [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on May 18, 2013 - 25 answers

Thom York anxiety machine.

Thom Yorke's new band recently released their album so I went and found the video of the "single" from it. The visuals are a simple repeating/changing pattern of rectangles. It's so simple yet it brings me almost immediately to the edge of a panic attack. [more inside]
posted by aloiv2 on Mar 1, 2013 - 25 answers

Can't see a doctor until Monday. Could this be a panic attack?

Having classic "panic attack" symptoms; don't know if it's a panic attack, or due to a reaction from medication I'm taking? [more inside]
posted by raintree on Feb 23, 2013 - 11 answers

Looking for a therapist in Los Angeles.

Can anyone suggest a therapist specializing in anxiety disorders in Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 13, 2013 - 2 answers

Just say yes?

Has anyone used marijuana and experienced its more pleasant effects after many years of staying away from the stuff due to the more unpleasant stuff? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 29, 2012 - 19 answers

Panic on the streets of London, Panic on the streets of Birmingham...

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! [more inside]
posted by like_a_friend on Nov 1, 2012 - 15 answers

How to Quit a teaching gig in Japan a little ovet a week before starting?

Teaching job for a dispatch company in Japan starting in two weeks. Had a panic attack and decided I want to quit, with no time for 30 days notice - how to do so with as few problems as possible? [more inside]
posted by Kamelot123 on Aug 23, 2012 - 9 answers

Why do I crave chocolate every day?

I'm not sure what's wrong with me. If I don't have an entire bar of dark chocolate each day, I have what I guess is called a panic attack. Details within. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 1, 2012 - 29 answers

How can I feel more confident in situations that make me feel unsafe?

What can I do to make myself feel more capable in situations where I feel unsafe? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Jul 20, 2012 - 24 answers

I'm falling apart when tired

When I get very tired my normally well under control anxiety goes through the roof. Can you help me understand what is going on and what I can do about it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 13, 2012 - 10 answers

This job is killing me.

Panic attacks are killing my self employment. What (work) should I do? [more inside]
posted by b33j on Jun 11, 2012 - 13 answers

What are the possible negative repercussions of seeing a psychiatrist about panic attacks?

I have been having anxiety/panic attacks for the past 2 years. I am considering seeing a psychiatrist. What are the possible negative repercussions, professionally, insurance-wise, and other, of doing this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 16, 2012 - 17 answers

Can't we just... lock on and teleport it out instead?

I have glass in my foot. Every time I try to get it out, I panic. Help? [more inside]
posted by functionequalsform on Apr 16, 2012 - 21 answers

More like Xavi, less like Scholesy.

I need help staying calm and relaxed on the soccer pitch, but still play assertive. How do I reach that balanced zen? [more inside]
posted by kendrak on Mar 20, 2012 - 7 answers

Anxiety or something worse?

Wife has shortness of breath- should we be worried? My wife is 29 and physically healthy (eats relatively well and exercises), but recently has shortness of breath on and off. It doesn't seem like a panic attack, as she has no other panic attack symptoms. However, she starts to get scared when its happening which makes it worse. It happens throughout the day on and off for a few weeks and then stops for months at a time. Could this just be stress, or something more serious?
posted by Equiprimordial on Jan 3, 2012 - 22 answers

How can I prevent or reduce acute anxiety?

After about one day visiting my family, I get very emotional and remain on the verge of tears for the rest of my visit. Once I've reached this point, talking about anything, even the most mundane, makes me cry. I have never experienced this except with my family. It can last for days. What causes this? What can I do to prevent it? What can I do to recover from it? Can you explain what is happening to me? [more inside]
posted by valeries on Nov 8, 2011 - 18 answers

200mg of caffeine and me.

Help me understand the role caffeine might play in moderate to severe anxiety, intrusive thoughts (that I'm in danger) and occasional panic attacks. I'm perplexed by elimination of what I consider to be relatively low caffeine intake. Interested in others' experiences. [more inside]
posted by punkfloyd on Oct 23, 2011 - 16 answers

The scoop on SSRIs minus the depression

Looking for experiences with SSRIs prescribed for occasional intense panic attacks and anxiety (some social anxiety too) WITHOUT any pre-existing depression, suicidal, or bipolar symptoms. Xanax hasn't worked well (lowers anxiety but seems to increase irritability). My friend has seen a therapist, who recommended this after several months of sessions, and is going to talk with a doctor about options. He's concerned with doctors' tendency to overprescribe SSRIs and monkeying around with something that's probably not intended for this.
posted by crapmatic on Sep 28, 2011 - 13 answers

Very need help.

What's the deal with this kind of panic attack? [more inside]
posted by superiorchicken on Aug 15, 2011 - 12 answers

Please help me survive a flight without panic

Please help me survive a flight without panic [more inside]
posted by soft and hardcore taters on Aug 6, 2011 - 24 answers

Should I trade my chemical happiness for a hard-on?

Should I choose sex over Celexa? [more inside]
posted by sureshot on Jul 25, 2011 - 12 answers

My writer's block is about to get me fired.

I'm worried my writer's block is about to get me fired. [more inside]
posted by sureshot on Jul 5, 2011 - 40 answers

I Once Was Lost But Now Am Found...?

Simple, calm question for folks who have had severe panic attacks. Nothing stressful within. Simply: is it possible to feel like you felt before they ever happened? [more inside]
posted by carlh on Jun 18, 2011 - 11 answers

Yoga, what is it good for?

How much do yoga and meditation help for anxiety? Is it time for more serious help or is this worth a shot? [more inside]
posted by katillathehun on May 22, 2011 - 29 answers

Tips on Fighting Irrational Anxious Thoughts?

I struggle greatly with anxiety and am on a crazy amount of meds simply to sleep and relax. I am doing things to get through such as exercise, yoga and breath/meditating. One of the things that I read and have been implementing is answering 'cognitive distortions' with reality-based answers. Basically, I think I'm helpless (it spirals from an event to "I'm going to lose my job" all the way to "I'm not going to make it"). I've read the books like Feeling Good and do techniques on paper but am not sure how to think realistically and come up with any responses that I believe. This has been going on for some time. Any others who struggle and have tips on how you have tackled cognitive distortions (aka Bullshit Thoughts)? I am not in a hurry and am willing to put in solid effort. I am asking for help but am willing to try to believe I'm not helpless in the long haul. (BTW, I haven't been able to afford a counselor....yet.)
posted by anonymous on Apr 25, 2011 - 19 answers

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