Welcome to the Healthy Families forums!

This is a space to ask questions, share experiences and support each other. Find a relevant thread or start your own!

Before you can post or reply in these forums, please join our online community and have a read of the community rules. Forum membership is open to anyone residing in Australia.

  • share on Facebook
  • share on Twitter
  • Print page

Topic: Cant stop panicking

14 posts, 0 answered
  1. Jarred28
    Jarred28 avatar
    14 posts
    17 February 2021

    As of the past few weeks i've been unable to control the constant fear and panicking. Constantly getting chest tightness and have trouble breathing. I've had multiple tests done on my heart and lungs but they all came back with nothing unusual. I've also been on/tried about 10 different antidepressants over a few years and they all seem to stop doing anything after a while. Going to see my shrink in a few weeks hopefully. I'm just not sure what they're gonna do and if anyone has some suggestions or ideas as ive tried everything I can think of and nothing works, i wish i was the person i was in my late teens that had no worries and could sleep great.

    Thanks

  2. missep123
    Community Champion
    • Outstanding members who have volunteered their time to support others here on the forums
    missep123 avatar
    825 posts
    17 February 2021 in reply to Jarred28

    Hi Jarred28,

    I'm so sorry to hear that you have been going through that. Being in constant fear and panicking sounds so hard. Can you think of the time that this started or if there was a specific trigger? For myself when something unusual happens to my body, I think 'oh that's weird' and then I will hyper focus on it which then makes me more anxious about it. For myself if I magnify my thoughts on something I can become more stressed about it.

    I'm really glad to hear that you are going to see your psychologist soon. They may teach you some coping mechanisms or techniques to practice and may try to find out the root cause of these feelings.

    I'm definitely here for you! You are not alone!

    1 person found this helpful
  3. Jarred28
    Jarred28 avatar
    14 posts
    17 February 2021 in reply to missep123
    That's exactly what i feel like!. As soon as I feel dizzy, have trouble breathing or just feeling sick or something of that nature I immediately start panicking which makes some other things worse and it's a crazy cycle. Hopefully I can work something out with my psychiatrist.
  4. Amanda2000
    Amanda2000 avatar
    135 posts
    18 February 2021 in reply to Jarred28

    Hi Jarred28,

    I'm struggling with the same thing myself. I can relate to the dizziness as you've described. This week has been bad for me. Sleep has not been restful.

    Sorry to hear that your treatment/antidepressants have not been working. I'm having a hard time finding some suitable treatment for myself too.

  5. Jarred28
    Jarred28 avatar
    14 posts
    18 February 2021 in reply to Amanda2000

    Hi Amanda

    I hope you can find some good treatment to help you.

  6. blondguy
    Life Member
    • Awarded by beyondblue for providing outstanding peer support to the online community over a period of 3+ years.
    • A member of beyondblue's blueVoices community
    blondguy avatar
    11214 posts
    18 February 2021 in reply to Jarred28

    Hi Jarred28

    Great to have you as part of the Beyond Blue family. I understand your symptoms and yes they can be horrible to experience. Ive been on SSRI's for a while yet meds are never a fix all...They do make an excellent foundation on which we can heal using frequent counselling....

    Anyhow....I hope you can have a look at this huge Beyond Blue thread written by Annabay and members/posters about their own physical symptoms...my symptoms are there too

    www.beyondblue.org.au/get-support/online-forums/anxiety/what-physical-feelings-of-anxiety-do-you-get

    Just from my own experience Jarred28...If our symptoms begin to have a negative effect on our ability to function on daily basis....the sooner we have frequent counselling, the quicker we will have some peace of mind and recovery from these awful symptoms

    any questions are always welcome Jarred28

    Paul

    2 people found this helpful
  7. missep123
    Community Champion
    • Outstanding members who have volunteered their time to support others here on the forums
    missep123 avatar
    825 posts
    21 February 2021 in reply to Jarred28

    Hi Jarred28!

    I completely know how you feel. It can be a very difficult cycle to be in!

    I hope that your psychiatrist can help you as well, do you know when your next appointment with them will be?

    Here for you!

    1 person found this helpful
  8. JonA
    blueVoices member
    • A member of beyondblue's blueVoices community
    JonA avatar
    5 posts
    27 February 2021 in reply to Jarred28
    Hi Jared,

    I think we all know it all too well. I spent a week in the cardiac unit and all the tests...

    I've found ACT (acceptance and commitment therapy) was very helpful as a start, if you want to do you own reading/ research, or talk to your therapist about this approach. Starting CBT therapy now that I'm on board that ACT approach.

    Hope your doing ok mate, my experience is it does get better, and less frequent.

    Jon
    1 person found this helpful
  9. missep123
    Community Champion
    • Outstanding members who have volunteered their time to support others here on the forums
    missep123 avatar
    825 posts
    27 February 2021 in reply to JonA

    Hi JonA,

    I completely agree. I think that ACT (acceptance and commitment therapy) is a great therapy. Some of the techniques like 'leaves on a stream' and 'sushi train' are very relaxing and can help me 'let go' of stressful thoughts. The great thing is that there are a lot of great youtube videos on it too!

    I hope you are feeling better Jarred28, please reach out to us whenever you would like to!

    1 person found this helpful
  10. JonA
    blueVoices member
    • A member of beyondblue's blueVoices community
    JonA avatar
    5 posts
    1 April 2021

    Hi Jared, just checking in how your doing man?

  11. EveC
    EveC avatar
    5 posts
    1 April 2021 in reply to Jarred28

    Hi Jarred,

    I bought one of those blood pressure monitors you can use at home. That thing helps calm me down a bit because numbers don't lie.

    When you're in panic mode the rational part of your brain stops working properly. Your mind and body are in a more primitive state - survival. So having a simple set of numbers in front of you can be a comfort.

    -Eve x

  12. missep123
    Community Champion
    • Outstanding members who have volunteered their time to support others here on the forums
    missep123 avatar
    825 posts
    4 April 2021 in reply to Jarred28
    Hi Jarred28, I wanted to check in too and see how you were doing recently!
  13. Floppsy
    Floppsy avatar
    1 posts
    5 April 2021 in reply to Jarred28

    Hi Jarred,

    I was taken by ambulance to hospital a year ago with all your symptoms - chest pain, dizziness, difficulty breathing. All tests plus follow up lung and heart checks were normal. I began to experience panic attacks on a regular basis and became increasingly terrified. By chance I heard a talk on the ABC re panic attacks which said to calmly focus on the attack and try to experience fully what was going on. I was afraid but found it very helpful to the point they stopped altogether within a couple of weeks. More to the point, I was no longer afraid of them.

    Hope this helps.

  14. missep123
    Community Champion
    • Outstanding members who have volunteered their time to support others here on the forums
    missep123 avatar
    825 posts
    10 April 2021 in reply to Floppsy

    Hi Jarred,

    How have you been lately?

    Floppsy - thank you for being brave and sharing your experience, I am so glad that you are no longer afraid of panic attacks. That takes a lot of strength!

Stay in touch with us

Sign up below for regular emails filled with information, advice and support for you or your loved ones.


Sign me up