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    Panic Attacks vs Anxiety

    Is there a difference?

    A few yrs ago, I had an episode while out with my sister in NYC, and we just got on a bus. I had this feeling like I was going to die that moment and needed to get off the bus right away. I told my sister something was wrong, as I was sweating and my heart was pounding. She said I was having a panic attack (she felt the same when she had one) and calmed me down. I was able to stay on the bus, and when I got off, I was sweating and shaking and just didnt feel right. I felt better by the time I got home..

    Now I am experiencing a sense of doom, my hands going numb, nausea, and weakness... Someone told me this is anxiety. I had to cancel plans out to eat friday night with some friends because of it.
    I am doing ok right now. Should I see a Dr?

    Any and all opinions are welcome!
    Thank you!

    p.s. Since June of 2000, my life has been very stressful!!!! Still is.

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    Re: Panic Attacks vs Anxiety

    In my opinion, when you're feeling so badly that it begins to impact your life in a negative way, it's time to see a professional. You had plans to go out and have a good time, but had to cancel those plans because you felt so badly you couldn't go. I'd say you could probably benefit from seeing someone, hon. There are medications that can help with things like that, as well as therapy, if the doctor decides you could benefit from it.

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    Re: Panic Attacks vs Anxiety

    I am and have been in therapy. Lately its been on the phone instead of face to face, and that could be adding to it. I am not liking that my therapist is in town about 5 days a month.

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    Re: Panic Attacks vs Anxiety

    I wonder if, perhaps, your therapist could suggest someone for you to talk to when he/she is away. That might be helpful to you. If that's not possible, perhaps your family doctor could be of help.

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    Re: Panic Attacks vs Anxiety

    Thank you thatlady...

    I dont really want to see anyone else but him. Yep, I am dependant on him and its him I want to discuss things with. It is exhausting to even think about talking to another therapist who dosent know me, and having to start at the beginning...

    I will probably see a MD for some tranquilzers or something to get me over the worst of it.

    But, is there a difference between anxiety and panic attacks? If so, what is the difference. I am confused about that. If there is a Dr out there, maybe they can answer this part.

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    Re: Panic Attacks vs Anxiety

    Here you go, hon. Here's a site that explains the different types of anxiety disorders. Panic disorder is one of them.

    http://www.epigee.org/mental_health/anxiety.html

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    Re: Panic Attacks vs Anxiety

    Thanks Thatlady.. That site was very informative and at least I know that was a panic attack I had in NYC that time..
    From what I understand from reading the article is, panic attack and anxiety are pretty much the same, only panic attack is the extreme form of it. Sure felt that way to me at the time, and the way they described it, fit me that day.
    I appreciate you taking the time to post that for me!!

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    Re: Panic Attacks vs Anxiety

    No problem, sweetie. I'm always glad if I can find something that helps.

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    Re: Panic Attacks vs Anxiety

    Hello there.
    I have recently came back to the fold after being a way for a while. I'm a uk registered stress therapist and life coach and was saddened to read your post and the affects that your recent "crisis" has had on you. I hope my ramblings below will go someway to helping alleviate some of them. I'm was also pleased that there are some helpful people who are able to give common sense advice on this site and i hope that will continue.....

    Further to the comments already made and the web site suggested. I suspect that your present anxieties maybe due to your stress at work (sorry if i am stating the obvious but please bear with me). These issues that you are now experiencing can be due to a feeling of a lack of control or of feeling overwhelmed and i would view your anxieties and Pa's as a sympton of that.

    I can only base that insight on what you have already volunteered if you think it would help (and i do) please provide more information about what is causing you the stress at work, assuming it is at work?

    I hope that we can be of more help to you and others and please feel free to contact me direct if you wish

    Regards
    Seamus Madden M.A.S.C.

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    Re: Panic Attacks vs Anxiety

    Hi Dr Madden and thank you for writing. I just replied to you and lost the whole darn thing so here I go again.

    There are many things in my life that are stressful, but let me start with the many losses I have had since June of 2000, when I lost my favorite aunt. I was devastated and still miss her like crazy. 10 months later my father died. I was not close to him and this didnt effect me like my aunts death did. Then I lost another aunt and uncle, 2 friends from the 9/11 attacks, had a total hysterectomy (I have no kids and wanted them badly!), and lost my job of 18 yrs, while home recouping from my surgery!. My co-workers were a very close knit group and were like family and many of us were devasted by this and are still hurting 2 yrs later.
    I was attached to my boss ( a father figure to me) and it hurts like hell, even now at 2 yrs later, that he is not in my life. I have abandonment issues and am in therapy, although I am fearing my therapist, (whom I am also attached too) is not going to be around. He is only in the state 5 days a month and if I am lucky, I get to see him twice a month, and talk on the phone the other 2 weeks. I hate that. His wife moved to florida (dont like cold weather) and he travels back and forth because he likes his work. He assured me he isnt leaving me and not to worry. But, when he went from being here all the time, then here 2 weeks out of the month, and now 5 days a month, what am I supposed to think?
    I am in a low paying job now and have been looking for a better job all along, but times are tough! I want to get some new skills (mine are outsourced now) but am afraid I wont be smart enough to pass, and even if I do, no guarantee to find a job. Then I am in debt and in the same boat... Dont know what to do and therefore I procrastinate.

    There are other things also, but I have gone on long enough on here.

    I probably gave you way more infor than you wanted... Anyway, thanks for listening. Am I alone in what I feel?


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