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24th-Jun-2008 12:57 pm
I think I am having panic attacks.  Does anyone have any experience with them and care to chat with me? 
24th-Jun-2008 08:53 pm (UTC)
i get them once and awhile. how do yours go?
i just ask because i never really knew if what i was experiencing was a panic attack, or if it was something else.
25th-Jun-2008 09:21 am (UTC)
I don't know if I would necessarily call them panic attacks, but I have definitely suffered bouts of extreme terror, and used to have incredible social paranoia. What I would recommend is meditation and self-examination sessions. In most cases, if you are having panic attacks there is an underlying sub-conscious cause. The best meditation that I've experimented with involves going through every aspect of your life(what you own, what you do for a living, the clothes you wear, the music you listen to, the people you surround yourself with, anything that triggers an emotion, and your memories), and asking yourself "Is this who I am? Is this what I am?" In addition, asking questions about the same things, but in regards to whether it is something you want, something you need, or neither. Other than that...get a ten strip and eat it bit by bit in increasing doses over the course of 24 hours(something like 1-3-6, eating more every 8 hours or so). You can't help but tear your "self" apart. Personally, it seems more significant to me to do it soberly, without the aid of any ingested substance, but for some people it can be essential. Outside of that...herb has been shown to greatly aid in overcoming compulsive or random involuntary psychological issues, and simply allowing yourself to look at your fears and sadness with open, honest eyes can really help. Ordinarily I would recommend dietary changes also, but as far as I can remember you are pretty healthy so...never-mind. You may consider seeing a naturopath and having blood work done to check for deficiencies or overdoses of assorted vitamins and minerals.

I recognize that most of this sounds like hippy bullshit, but it can really help. I also recognize that when you knew me well I was a neurotic, insomniatic, obnoxious attention whore. However, I can honestly say that I have made so much progress in changing my life and state of mind. At least consider the advice I have offered you.

Be well,
Ian Quinn
25th-Jun-2008 05:30 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much Ian. I really appreciate you taking the time to tell me this stuff. It really honestly means a lot to me. At this point, not having any health insurance, I am really looking at ways to do it as naturally as possible and you've given me some great ideas. What I want to do first is rid myself of the things that give me so much stress and hopefully I will see progress after that happens. I am glad to hear that you have made progress in changing your life. I hope you continue to do well. Thank you again for the advice. You should email me sometime - alyce @ uwm.edu
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