anxiety attacks

By Jeanette Terry Latest Activity December 22, 2010 at 2:20 pm Views 3,145 Replies 72 Likes 49

Jeanette Terry

Anxiety attacks can vary in severity for each person. Some can be relatively small and one may be able to just work their way thorugh it, but I have a friend that gets severe anxiety attacks where no one can break through the fear that they feel. Is there something that you can do when you feel them coming on to counteract them before they take over?

What do you do calm a anxiety attack?

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  • Caringone96
    Caringone96 January 21, 2014 at 1:44 pm   

    I talk positive thoughts and go by faith I also listen to music

  • dolly84
    dolly84 December 11, 2013 at 5:46 pm   

    Hey I'm Carl I suffer from anxiety an hate it I hate the chest pains and aches

  • dolly84
    dolly84 December 11, 2013 at 5:45 pm   

    Hey I'm Carl I su

  • lexicrawford16
    lexicrawford16 November 27, 2013 at 10:07 pm   

    Take a xanax!!

  • Evania
    Evania October 20, 2013 at 10:09 am   

    Different techniques are used by different people. The only thing that helps me personally, is prayer and meditation.

  • kara plumlee
    kara plumlee October 19, 2013 at 7:48 pm   

    Wow!!! That was really helpful! Thank you so much! I will tried these and they really work

  • beth1991
    beth1991 September 11, 2013 at 6:09 am   

    Squeezing them, a panic attack is havin to much oxygen in the body. Wen i had sever panic attacks my partner wud hug me and squeez while rocking me. Calmed me down pretty fast.

  • ccbarbie
    ccbarbie June 18, 2013 at 12:45 am   

    I take a lot of deep breaths. I even call someone who calms me and talk. I will distract myself in conversation that involves nothing of my thoughts. Ill do stuff that distracts me too. Wrote. Read. Music. Dance. Find hobbies. Distractions.

  • houtx88
    houtx88 September 20, 2013 at 12:17 am   

    Are you taking medication for your anxiety ?

  • StayStrongBeautiful
    StayStrongBeautiful May 31, 2013 at 8:20 pm   

    I use Meditation, Music, Relaxation, and sometimes Yoga

  • JasmineAfraidofLife
    JasmineAfraidofLife May 16, 2013 at 2:54 am   

    I'm having some pretty bad health anxiety right now, .and.contemplating the NO-NO…can someone talk me.down pleasw

  • MikeyGalax
    MikeyGalax June 24, 2013 at 11:47 pm   

    I know how that is

  • Bekzie
    Bekzie May 13, 2013 at 3:01 am   

    I use rescue remedy and post on here, it really helps!

  • jude121
    jude121 April 24, 2013 at 9:06 pm   

    It seems like I get the most anxious when I have nothing planned and I feel useless and empty…

  • Tatyana67
    Tatyana67 March 29, 2013 at 6:14 pm   

    Hot bath is amazing to stop anxiety!!!

  • scotty 1988
    scotty 1988 October 11, 2013 at 10:34 am   

    What a funny programme that makes you distract from it , ie Big Bang theory is mine when at home but at work I just breath easy and make a nice cuppa !

  • dolllie
    dolllie February 19, 2013 at 2:14 pm   

    For my attacks I use plenty of things to be honest

    I move my muscles for starters to get my blood flowing through my body I sort of get a numb empty feeling with my anxiety so I stretch or something..

    I turn on music & just dance

    I clean up

    I take a walk

    Turn on white noise - my fav

    Take a drive - but I don't drive too risky while having an attack to drive

    In the beginning when my attacks were horrible my only safety net was going to the hospital parking lot / lobby and sitting there until my attacks were calm enough to control. And that is a phase I passed because now I have more faith in my health from just creating that hospital safety net for myself . Don't be afraid to do that I did ..

    I put myself around people to distract the attack because the first thing that goes through my mind is how I don't want anybody to see me having an attack so my attention is automatically routed to a new topic of not letting ppl see me go through this .

    I take a hot hot hot bubble bath very relaxing , & play jazz music

    I will also get up and go stand in front of a mirror and give myself a strong pep talk, it's funny when you see yourself going through an attack you think totally different. Try it look in a mirror

    I will video chat with friends it's a huge distraction for my anxiety

    Drink water

    Whatever your passion is use the power of your anxiety as a boost. For example for me I love fashion I'm a photoshoot stylist and I enjoy creating themes for photo shoots, when ever I am having an attack I immediately grab my phone and start googling fashion pictures and videos. For some reason when I'm having an attack I come up with the best themes ( lol hopefully it works for you as well)

    I have a scripture I say every night b4 bed I totally recommend this. If you have a scripture that says something to you personally repeat it every day . Praying is my biggest and key way to soothe my attacks . I refer to my attacks as if they are a hater or a bully so I completely stop using the words anxiety/ attack/ panic/ all those words have diff terms in my head which also allows me a mental strength. I feel like anxiety is a mental game so think of chess when ever it makes a move and you get the "feelings" …KING ME BABY!! Your next move better be your best move.. You win at all cost!!

  • lei134771
    lei134771 July 12, 2013 at 10:36 pm   

    I like these tips I do some of these as well whenever im anxious. The physical symptoms are the scariest for me. Makes me feel lyk im seriously ill.

  • dolllie
    dolllie July 12, 2013 at 10:48 pm   

    I know exactly how you feel you have to keep telling yourself that your not at all times

  • MikeyGalax
    MikeyGalax June 24, 2013 at 11:49 pm   

    Those are great tips, I do a couple of those as well

  • Letgo530
    Letgo530 February 23, 2013 at 1:37 pm   

    Thanks for the tips!!!

  • dolllie
    dolllie February 23, 2013 at 2:14 pm   

    No prob :)

  • locl
    locl February 19, 2013 at 7:32 am   

    I get severe panic attacks but I just try to talk to people about a different thing to get my mind off the attack, I don't try to fight it but instead work with it without allowing it to take over me completely. I try not to hyperventilate instead breath deeply and slowly. Hopefully this will work as I am going out in a crowded place today and am already feeling very scared. I hate that it's so hard for non sufferers to understand

  • bonny123
    bonny123 February 16, 2013 at 3:05 pm   

    I try everything then anixety kicks in all the time pain my start it off I think alsorts if things in my head thinking there is always some more wrong with me why is this my mind work over time

  • breanne29
    breanne29 January 3, 2013 at 6:51 pm   

    I get the most horrific panic attacks and anxiety all the time. And to be honest as a by stander all you can do is take her out of the stressful situation and be there and just wait it out.

  • Djcat10
    Djcat10 December 18, 2012 at 6:46 pm   

    I never go through a day without anxiety!!!:(

  • MikeyGalax
    MikeyGalax June 24, 2013 at 11:50 pm   

    Me neither

  • AnnaleaJane
    AnnaleaJane December 9, 2012 at 4:28 pm   

    My tip is to sip water, try to take ur mind off it by playin on ur phone etc and think to ur self "whats the worst thats guna happen?", also when i went to a meetin group they tought me to breath in for 7 and out for 11, this helps to calm me down and get my breathin back to normal! X

  • rachelgurl
    rachelgurl November 15, 2012 at 4:25 am   

    im a new member to this site,but i totally agree and understand the paralyzing feeling of being trapped in fear,its going on five yrs of me dealing with it,but im learning how to do positive self tlk.,take my medicine,and still try to b in public settings,but ultimately have a close relationship with God is not the author of confusion the devil is. So God is truth and alot of times anxiety/fear stems from anger and the best way to overcome fear is with LOVE.

  • kate1989
    kate1989 November 26, 2012 at 6:44 am   

    I agree, stay close to god and know that he will help you through

  • rick06
    rick06 November 6, 2012 at 2:19 pm   

    Only leaving the situation does the relief come.

  • andreacapozzi
    andreacapozzi October 15, 2012 at 2:06 pm   

    Drinking a large glass of cold water helps me, as well as getting in a comfy position, and listening to a subliminal audio mp3, from my phone helps for when u r out!!!

  • Shelby84
    Shelby84 October 12, 2012 at 1:49 am   

    Hey my name is Shelley been suffering from anxiety for a long time i can have a good week of without being anxious and nerves then out of no where i start to have anxiety which doesn't go away till it wants too meaning all the time I've had anxiety i just let it run its course and not do anything to help myself feel better i just sit and watch tv and suck on cough lollies cos makes my throat feel better which my main nerves are in my throat which makes me feel sick just in the throat tho. Not working at the moment all i do is i think the worse of things not try and keep busy what so ever feel like i will never get out of this zone of anxiety what so ever doesn't help when i also have multiple sclerosis as well which has made me feel worse and lost. Having trouble dealing with my awful anxiety just can't control mine what so ever i get so scared doesn't help when i have a phobia of vomiting so when my anxiety starts in my throat feeling just sick in throat i just freak out and start to breathe really heavily, shake etc cos i think I'm going to vomit which i don't but i think i am just can't get out of this zone wish i could just don't deserve this all the time it's making my life hell.

  • Carla90
    Carla90 October 15, 2012 at 1:17 am   


  • gonzalezr.91
    gonzalezr.91 September 22, 2012 at 3:48 am   

    I usually tell myself that its going to be okay, its not going to kill Me and I breathe calmly and focus my attention on what I'm doing to help

  • Trinbean
    Trinbean September 13, 2012 at 12:11 am   

    I constantly fear dying of a heart attack. Reading and praying help me alot.

  • Letgo530
    Letgo530 February 23, 2013 at 1:36 pm   

    I do too!

  • Scarjen
    Scarjen July 19, 2013 at 5:37 am   

    I find I feel anxious and when I think about stressful situations. I calm myself down by not looking at certain things from scarjen

  • vvkumar
    vvkumar August 8, 2012 at 4:49 pm   

    Iam also suffering with social anxiety ,the main medicine is change the thinking when the atttack comes and try to concentrate in deep breathing this ways are mostly effective and iam using this way

  • IdoHair?
    IdoHair? May 27, 2013 at 11:22 pm   

    I have zoloft I take daily and ativan when needed.Everytime I go anywhere I have anxiety iv went thro 10 jobs this past 3 months.everyday its a struggle but one day at a time we will overcome sucks but nobodys perfect after we have overcome this the strength we will/do have is impressive just keep at ot loves!.I usually lay down with a fan n play candy crush (:

  • 06
    06 July 18, 2012 at 8:57 am   

    I do nothing. Yes, its scary and super hard to handle. But it works for me cause anxiety goes away faster if you just let it be and accept it. Even if it means you cant do anything you wanted to do. Or that you're gonna faint in public. Nothing else has ever helped me. Breathing in a paper bag, slow breathing, trying to relax- none of these things can help me.

  • limo201
    limo201 July 8, 2012 at 11:58 am   

    I get this scared feeling that I'm dying and I freak I tend to lay down. N. It helps

  • sarahjadec
    sarahjadec May 15, 2012 at 4:02 am   

    If I'm panicking and I'm around people … It's usually worse. But some people have it reversed, they feel unsafe when they're alone cos no one can help them. But I feel unsafe around people cos I feel they will do something - other than family and very close friends.
    Laying down is best for me cos then I don't feel dizzy or weak and can't fall down or anything. I breathe deeply and I always write in a diary, it gets all my irrational thoughts out of my head. I tend to rethink the same thing so many times through attacks.
    Space is best for the person with an attack because you do get short of breath, which is very normal, but you don't want to make the person feel more claustrophobic.
    My ex was very very supportive. If I need time alone, he would sleep on the couch, no questions asked. You just need to find supportive people who won't pressure you into going out when you're uncomfortable or making you feel like you're going crazy.

    Your friend is very lucky to have you!!!

    God bless x

  • bookqueen
    bookqueen April 21, 2012 at 7:19 pm   

    Deep breathing

  • KNPbrave
    KNPbrave April 13, 2012 at 8:29 pm   

    Do best you can and leave rest to god

    but never afraid of anything
    Anxiety and fear is nothing more than an emotions
    You are bigger and braver than anxiety
    Do not fight it just embrace it if you learn to embrace it you are cured right now it's only way out
    You should not be afraid of anxiety symptoms and thought
    Thought comes and go just do not judge it just observe do not do anything when it happens

    Be witness be observer do nothing

    Anxiety Is just manipulative mind playing games

    It's all in mind

    Be brave and strong

    Take care

  • KNPbrave
    KNPbrave April 5, 2012 at 3:07 pm   

    Try natural supplement for anxiety
    L theanine for mental calmness
    Inositol for physical anxiety
    B complex happy pill
    Rescue remedy

    I personally take this for anxiety attacks it really helps

    Be brave

  • happy88
    happy88 March 18, 2012 at 9:37 am   

    Also physical activity is proven to fight anxiety; exhaust yourself, go to the gym, take a workout class, swim some laps at the pool; them look at your anxiety, it will be in the back of your thoughts

  • happy88
    happy88 March 18, 2012 at 9:33 am   

    Self talk, and practice, being in the situation again and again; in order to be able to practice the desired outcome. Self talk should be positive an encouraging, I can work through this, I will survive, and their is no magic cure or thought u can tell yourself; u just need practice, and little by little after being exposed to the undesired situation, you will overcome come it. Remember do not get discourage it WILL get better and be more manageable!!! Smile your amazing

  • ineedemplymenti
    ineedemplymenti February 26, 2012 at 12:05 pm   

    The subway is the worst, that's when anxiety & panic really happen to me. I do try to keep myself occupied with music or reading something

  • cristin78
    cristin78 February 8, 2012 at 8:19 pm   

    Vitamin b stress complex with folic acid too. …working for me : )

  • gemma1989
    gemma1989 May 12, 2013 at 8:00 am   


  • ineedemplymenti
    ineedemplymenti January 21, 2012 at 10:10 am   

    I feel so scared & I can no longer cover it up. I've tried meds but now I have no insurance do its crazy. Help

  • ineedemplymenti
    ineedemplymenti January 21, 2012 at 10:07 am   

    Anxiety has taken over my life, It is such a struggle to go on job interviews. Does anyone have a magic cure.

  • abbyPersinger
    abbyPersinger February 21, 2012 at 6:52 am   

    See I feel the same as you it is so difficult to get out and go…it makes me feel so weak about myself

  • vvkumar
    vvkumar August 8, 2012 at 4:33 pm   

    From my childhood i hav this pblm, i told to my parents but they r not understanding me,nobody understand me nw i take decision to c doctr,i have more pblm when going to bank and govt offices my hand is too much shivering that time

  • abbyPersinger
    abbyPersinger February 10, 2012 at 5:53 pm   

    I feel the same way I am so nervous that I have to get a job right now or we will lose everything…so I have done a lot of praying and outing my faith into the Lord

  • denatrout1974
    denatrout1974 October 25, 2011 at 4:30 am   

    i havent found my what helps yet,need to this sucks so bad.

  • mightymouse1135
    mightymouse1135 September 20, 2011 at 1:39 pm   

    I use relaxation CDs, breathing exercises, sipping on ice cold water, reminding myself that it is only anxiety and that it will pass and that it has never harmed me and will not harm me now! I will take Klonopin which really helps, and Toprol which is a beta-blocker to keep my pulse and blood pressure under control. I also just started using the iPhone apps: Anxiety Connect, Depression Connect, Panic Talk Down, Panic Attack Aid., Panic Control and Panic Eliminator, Making and listening to my own panic attack talk down recordings on my Iphone and listening to them when I am having a panic attack. Getting up and moving around also helps, sometimes just calling someone and hearing another person's voice, if you have no one to call try calling a prayer line or help line (You can program these numbers into your cell phone), it also helps to get on this support board and talk to others who understand what you are going through! I think it helps to read positive uplifting books, and to listen to music. Prayer is something else that can be helpful! I also take a multi-vitamin along with extra vitamin B, fish oil, vitamin D, Magnesium, calcium, C, and E. Exercise always makes me feel better!

    I have also read that Chamomile tea and bananas were helpful for anxiety and panic. I also try to stay away from triggers like stress, certain foods, drinks, coffee, chemicals, and smoke that I am sensitive to. I keep a journal of when I am stressed and what I eat and drink, so I can look back later for any connection with my panic attacks and anxiety, because I sometimes have a delayed reaction. Eating healthy and getting enough sleep also helps!
    I noticed that when I am not taking vitamins I have a lot more anxiety, my guess is that I am low on some vitamins and minerals and this set off anxiety symptoms.

    I am sensitive to orange juice, cranberry juice, certain berries, coffee, pizza, and others that I can't think of right now. These will set off symptoms in me sometimes right away, and sometimes hours later (delayed reaction). I also cannot take any cold medicines as they cause me to have anxiety and panic attacks. A lot of cleaning products like bleach and Lysol spray will cause me to have anxiety. Stress is another big factor in my panic attacks and anxiety.

    I suggest keeping a journal of everything from, foods, drinks, chemical exposure, medicines, stressful situations, and even the weather, as any of these could be triggers. I use a large 3 ring binder filled with paper as a journal.

  • thaistorm
    thaistorm June 17, 2013 at 8:44 pm   

    Wow thank you mightymouse!!!

  • mightymouse1135
    mightymouse1135 July 6, 2013 at 11:55 am   

    You're very welcome Thaistorm!! :-)

  • Bekzie
    Bekzie April 4, 2013 at 7:47 pm   


  • abbyPersinger
    abbyPersinger January 3, 2012 at 7:42 am   

    I am afraid to to take my meds cause of my kids I am afraid that I will fall asleep or something while watching my kids…what can I do please help

  • IdoHair?
    IdoHair? May 27, 2013 at 11:25 pm   

    I take ativan .5 I only take half of it to a quarter at first I was really tired but it was a side effect that wore off with my zoloft as well
    I wish u luck?

  • zucro
    zucro August 22, 2011 at 7:49 pm   

    Thank you for your reply. I am a former sufferer of panic attacks and I truly believe that one has to be proactive in taking the appropriate steps for their recovery, such as seeing a qualified professional, completing Cognitive Behavioural therapy and a variety of helpful tips. Using a practitioner with training in Cognitive Therapy who is a registered professional. Many people who first experience a panic attack don’t know what is happening to them. Moreover, people who experience a panic attack or panic attacks find it reassuring to understand what is happening to them. This knowledge can be a real and initial form of help with panic attacks.1


  • RachelChavez
    RachelChavezA May 25, 2011 at 10:05 am   

    I used to get anxiety attacks so bad I would start before I even got into the school parking lot. It was so overwhelming I would have to calm myself down in the car for about 30 minutes before I could turn around and drive home. After going to my therapist I've started using self talk and it has helped so much. Some situations require about 20 minutes of trying to talk myself down but it's worth. I just have to think about the situation and tell myself why it's not that big of a deal. I tell myself things like "No one will actually be looking at you" "No one is going to notice that you've wore the same thing 2 weeks ago" "Everyone else is learning too, you're not the only one that doesn't have the answers" and stuff like that. It has been a very powerful tool and I've gotten so good at it that my husband doesn't even realize I do it! I hope this helps :)

  • acosmo
    acosmo May 24, 2011 at 1:56 am   

    Redirect my attention. Change surrounding go outside. Focus on something positive. Breath and sometimes medicate depending on how bad and long it gets

  • Foxscribe
    Foxscribe May 23, 2011 at 4:37 pm   

    As you say, anxiety attacks can vary in severity from person to person, and even a single individual can experience them in degrees of severity. A full-blown panic attack is a horrendous experience in which you feel in imminent danger of losing your mind, having a heart attack, or dying. Many people experiencing such for the first time wind up in emergency rooms. I've had a few such attacks, and the fact that I realized what I was probably experiencing didn't make the attacks go away or make them emotionally less severe. They had to run their course, lasting in my case perhaps twenty minutes each; that can seem like a really long time! Afterwards, you feel drained and exhausted.

    Preventively, you need to do mental status inventories often to learn how to read signals that you are building up to an attack, and do interventions like the breathing exercises regularly. Medication may well be a necessary but not sufficient part of your case treatment. The importance of on-going counseling/therapy with the right person for you can't be overemphasized. Over time, you will learn new skills and begin to see some light at the end of the long, dark tunnel…

  • Tryinghard10596
    Tryinghard10596 April 27, 2011 at 5:52 pm   

    Well I am very young and have been having panic attacks every morning when I'm getting to school for the past like 2 weeks and I don't ever feel like I can get through the day do you have any advice for a young 15 year old like me and I only have 29 days left of school I just want to finish out the school year

  • petals
    petals February 19, 2011 at 12:08 pm   

    I do deep breathing exercises, plus I am on medication now for the anxiety. The deep breathing does help while I am waiting for the med. to kick in.

  • joni55
    joni55 February 16, 2011 at 9:30 pm   

    My therapist has given me a deep breathing exercise to do on a regular basis and I think this has helped. In the past, I have some really bad ones that were incopacitating and it took a nurse to talk me down from it.

  • Mac23185
    Mac23185 May 17, 2011 at 2:25 am   

    Deep breathing is the best if you are not on meds