Am I having a panic attack? I feel really scared, although I'm not sure what about, I have stomach/chest pains when I breathe, I'm shivering, cold and sweaty. Please help me?


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Taylor Brookes answered

Yes, it sounds like you might be. If possible, try to figure out what it is that is making you feel like this. That way you can remove yourself from the situation. The first step to calming down is to try and start breathing normally again. Take a few deep breaths until you feel yourself calming down a bit. Sometimes there's nothing you can do. You just have to let the panic run its course. Are you at home? If not, find somewhere private- I've locked myself in the toilets before. If you have someone who you can talk to who will help you, call them. After you've calmed down, you can look back and try to figure out what it was that triggered the attack. If you can't pinpoint anything in particular, it could be down to stress. I find that when I have a lot going on in my life I am more prone to meltdowns. Good luck. I hope you feel better soon.

Megan dramaqueen Profile

Yeah it is a panic attack. Don't worry cause I get that. Your going to be fine. I myself have had experiences with anxiety, so you are not alone.

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Anonymous answered

This does sound like a panic attack, and the most important thing is to try and regulate your breathing by taking slow, deep breaths.

Using a paper bag can help with this if you have one at hand.

You also mention chest/stomach pains. While this can occur during a panic or anxiety attack, I would recommend reporting this to a doctor anyway.

Especially with chest pains, it's always best to be certain that there's no underlying cause, as complications in the chest area can turn nasty very rapidly.

As for the root cause of your panic attack, I would also recommend speaking to a medical professional. Your family doctor should be able to advise you confidentially, and refer you to a specalist who can help you with the way you are feeling.

The most important thing is to speak to someone. Bottling it up and not seeking help is the worst way of dealing with stress and anxiety.

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