You must learn to control your thoughts and let go of the worry. Best wishes. I have also started a very mild anti anxiety med (2.5mg Librax, usually issues for stomach problems) and finally saw a therapist who will help me "master my mind". I nearly had another episode at the thought of seeing a therapist and even when I was about to go to my first session, but the hit to your pride is such a small price to pay for the benefits of guidance from someone who is so familiar with this stuff.
TALK about your experience to a trusted friend/family member, or write it down, both in GREAT DETAIL, the more you think about it the less sensitive you get to it, and eventually it won't bother you at all. Do this at first in a comfortable environment. It can be hard at first but hang in there! Just like doing curls with your arm, its hard at first but your bicep gets stronger and eventually its no problem to curl a large amount of weight.
Oh yes PRAY for healing, if you are religious. I am typing this from the very chair and desk where it first happened.
Nine days ago (6/28/2010) I had a very sudden panic attack (very rapid heart rate, chills, huge adrenalin rush, palpatations, prety much though I was going to die) induced by too much caffeine intake (about 700 - 800 mg a day for a few months in the form of strong coffee at work till about 2pm and a 200mg caffeine tablet every morning), While this is'nt a nessisarily a huge amount of caffeine, it turns out my father had a similar reaction when he was younger and a cardiologist simply told him to stay away from caffeine for the most part, and he's been fine ever since. So I believe it's something like a genetic, moderate intolerance to the substance. The ER did blood test EKG and chest xray To see if I had an enlarged heart etc but said I looked fine. At the moment I hadnt been thinking about the caffeine and didn't think to mention it to them, but a follow up with my primary care daoctor said that's what it was. I've since quit my caffeine intake altogether, as well as my smoking (2-4 full flavor ciggarettes a day). The problem is even though I know that all of this was induced by the caffeine and that there is no reason to think I should have another panic episode, I can't get it out of my head that I will at any moment and am pretty much constantly paranoid that I will, Every time get a feeling (cold, hot, hungry, tired normal anxiety like hitting a red light, or just a random muscle twitch) the first thing that pops into my head is the memory of that fear I felt during the attack. So what Im asking is could anyone who's been through somthing simular to this give me some tips? I am exercising more and that certainly does help. but the withdraw symptoms from both smoking and caffeine are all manifesting as fear of another pending attack. Thanks in advance.View Thread