What do to for this? Are these anxiety attacks?!

Question: What do to for this.? Are these anxiety attacks.?
I have started having health problems,which are getting sorted out.. hopefully its not cancer but we dont know yet.

Anyway,ever since this crap has all started I have been having these anxiety attack type things, they come from me being reminded of the time I started to get sick and from there its hell they last anywhere from 15 minutes to 48 hours.

I will be in a total panic mode.I cannot function at all, all I do is worry that I am going to die. The only thing that makes me not worry is to sleep so Its just sit in bed, worry worry worry and then try to sleep.

I can feel one coming on right now, and I dont know how to stop it, the worry has slowly been getting worse over the past 45mins or so.

How can I stop this from coming, I know its all in my head, because some days I will be positive about things, other days I will be sure I am going to die within the week.
Help.?Health Question & Answer

First realize that you would be abnormal to be in this situation and not having panic attacks. Anyone who is under the pressure of a unknown future has every right to be in panic mode.

However the panic can make things worse then better. The second thing is to know that you have the power to control these. It is not easy at all and it takes pratice but you can do it. For the short term here are a couple suggestions.

My guess is you had this checked out by your doctor. If that is true. Then the biggest thing you have to do is during a panic attack is to tell yourself this uncomfertable feeling will pass.You will survive it. Stop what ever you are doing and turn your thoughts inward.

When my panic attacks were at my worse I would stop what I would be doing and say to myself. "Ok I know what this is. I know what it's out come is going to be. I am going to be ok. This is going to pass and I am going to be ok.

Next if you can humm, count out loud, or say these things to yourself out loud if you are alone. I know this sound crazy but what it does is force oxgen into your body at a time when taking a deep breath seems impossiable. I used to hate it when people would say to me "just take a deep breath and everything will be ok." The truth is at that moment your brain is telling you that if you do not run, or freeze you are going to die.

Share what is going on with someone you trust. I never understood this until I started working with other people who suffer from anxiety attacks. While I am sure I am going to die and my whole body is ramping up and down crazily it may not be apparent to others how severe the reaction feels. Often because we usually freeze, walk away, or just stand there. If you have someone you spend a lot of time with who understands at least as much as they can you will not feel so pressured to perform while your body goes crazy.

There are lots of tricks that can get you through this tough time. Here are some links to get you started. I wish you the best!Health Question & Answer

This is natural, given what you are going through - but you need to get help to deal with the anxiety that you are feeling.
You need to learn the techniques to manage this anxiety/fear. It sounds really difficult, but there are some really simple things you can do to get through this.
Hope this site helps and I wish you all the best of luck.
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Definitely panic attacks, or a phobia about being sick. Just calm down and if possible stay away from negative thoughts/people to not mention anything.Health Question & Answer

I'm sorry to hear hear about your health problems.I hope you have saw a doctor and all,did they put you on anything for the anxiety.? It sounds like panic attacks to me, but I'm not a doctor.I have the same thing as you when I am stressed,worried,or unhappy.It isn't only in you head,it could be depression or some kind of imbalance. I think I have mine from drinking maybe and having been through lots of emotional stress.Being positive makes it stay away for sure.When you do that is is like fighting yourself and not letting yourself be taken over by it.Good luck,we can beat it.Health Question & Answer

See anxiety treatments, at ezy build (below) in section 6. Set yourself a specific time period for worrying about anything, (say; around three quarters of an hour, possibly when you get home, or after your evening meal, but not too close to bedtime) after which, resolve firmly to refuse to even entertain the thought of worrying again on that day: realise and accept that to do otherwise would be counterproductive to your mental health, and enjoyment of life.

You will have had your "worry time" for the day, and can just write down any more thoughts that come to mind, and say to yourself: "Well, I'll just have to worry about that tomorrow, won't I.?". It is important to deal with a negative internal monologue (self talk), or mental process, such as disturbing thoughts, or images, by the process of (a): recognising it, and (b): challenging it immediately.

When you notice something negative, such as: "I'm never going to get over this!" or: "Why am I always so pathetic/useless/such a loser.?" or even: "I can't do this/will never get over this!", or a disturbing image, recognise that this is part of the mindset which will hold you back from progress. Having identified and labelled it, visualise a large red "STOP!" sign, and/or possibly a stern faced person wagging an index finger at you in a negative manner, then say to yourself as forcefully as you can, even aloud in a big voice, if alone: "I know this tactic: GO AWAY FOR A WHILE !!!"

You may want to use either: "ruse", "ploy", "game", or "trick", instead of "tactic". In the case of an image, visualise a large "STOP" sign, or your preferred version. Some people go so far as to keep a wide rubber band in their pocket, then put it around their wrist, when they catch themselves backsliding, stretch and release it, as a method of reprogramming their mind sooner, but I don't regard it as being strictly necessary. Remember to remove it, afterwards, if you use this method.

Practice one of the relaxation methods in sections 2, 11, 2c, or 2i, daily, and when needed. Alternatively, give the EFT a good tryout, to see if it helps you. There is also a version for use in public places, (if you like, you can claim to have a headache, as you massage/lightly tap your temples, but you would then be restricted to subvocalising: saying it to yourself in your mind). Section 53, and pages 2, 2.q and 2.o at http://www.ezy-build.net.nz/~shaneris also refer: "Even though I sometimes suffer from anxiety, I deeply and completely accept myself." Neurofeedback treatment for anxiety is increasingly becoming available. Herbal remedies, such as valerian, (which is not recommended for use if depression is also present) passionflower, or St.John's wort, are often effective, but the idea is (as with anxiolytic medication) to use them like water wings, or training wheels on a bicycle, providing initial support, and giving time for other treatments, such as therapy, and relaxation techniques, to take effect.

A variant of EMDR: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy, which has been used successfully for those people suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, insomnia, and anxiety, is shown in section 42, on page i, at http://www.ezy-build.net.nz/~shaneris and panic attacks in section 8. I have found that the 2 - 3 minutes spent using the EMDR markedly reduces distractions to the relaxation process, and is repaid many times over.
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Negative emotions (like sadness, stress, anger, etc.) causes your Serotonin production to be low; when your Serotonin level is low, you are more prone to getting Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Depression, etc.

Medication like Antidepressants (SSRI - Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor) helps to boost Serotonin level.
But there are natural ways to do it without medication. There's this strange herb called "St John's Wort" - it is said to be more effective than Prozac. No, it is not for mild depression only and ignore those sayings. In fact, it does help anxiety and panic-attacks as St John's Wort works like prozac. Other natural ways will be exercise, diet, more exposure to light, etc.

The problem is that, even if your Serotonin is balanced... you have that "learned behavior" in your mind. You need to break that initial cycle to destroy that learned behavior - Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) does this. A technique that you can use without CBT will be Distraction... There are several other techniques to help cope them!
Ok, to use Distraction: Firstly, try to....

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