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Hi. I was wondering if anybody has experienced anything like this before. Sometimes, suddenly I can be someplace then forget where I am and who everyone and everything around me is. Almost forget who I am even.I have to keep repeating to myself what Im doing and where I am. It is a horrible and scary feeling. I just can be at school and feel like I had been there for the first time in my life and forget where I am. It lasts usually only a few minuets and I come back to reality. Sometimes it happens for a few minuets but keeps happening the entire day. I feel like im going crazy. This happens to me usually when I'm around a lot of people or people I don't know. And when I get home I feel alot better and relaxed. But I never know when this will come back.<br><br><br><br>
I do not know what this is or what is wrong with me. I call it panic attacks because I heard it before and maybe this is what it is. But I want advice or anything that can help me. Or to know if anyone has ever had this happen to them. Because its really scary and I want them to go away. I dont know if this is just caused by fear or what.
 

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Hun, try look at this link.<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.nimh.nih.gov/anxiety/upd.cfm" target="_blank">http://www.nimh.nih.gov/anxiety/upd.cfm</a>
 

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Everyone with an anxiety disorder (or without one, even) responds to panic in a different way. You may very well have a problem with anxiety, and you may want tosee a doctor. Though, from my experience, taking medication for anxiety just makes things worse when you have to get off the medication, and they are never good for your heart.<br><br><br><br>
I get really horrible panic attacks, and they get progressively worse each time I get one. I try to manage stress so I don't get so worried and scared easily. Maybe you can go run in the evenings, because physical activity helps a lot. Try not to consume a lot of caffiene. It increases your heart rate while you're stationary, and makes your body more prone to an extreme reaction in that state. When you feel like you're panicking, just sit down and rest, and repeat over and over in your head that it's all right and that you are NOT going to let your fear get the best of you.<br><br><br><br>
I do suggest you talk to someone who can help you, though. Sometimes anxiety stems from another problem, like depression, social phobia, etc. and sometimes it can create other problems, too.<br><br><br><br>
*hugs* I hope you do all right.
 

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I get this occaisionally after I wake up -- especially after an unplanned afternoon nap, after I wake up after having fallen asleep unintentionally. It only lasts a few seconds. It indeed feels awful. You tend to feel panicky when it happens. Fortunately, it only happens a few times a year. It doesn't happen while I've been awake for awhile. Only during the first minute or so that I wake up.<br><br><br><br>
I think a panic disorder is something else entirely.<br><br><br><br>
I don't know that there is a name for the feeling you described.<br><br><br><br>
I think the best thing to do is to try your best to stay calm and not be frightened by it.<br><br><br><br>
I indeed forget who I am. I wake up and think -- what is this? Am I someone? Who am I. Where is this. What am I. Where am I. Finally I figure it out -- and then of course I also realize that what think I am and who I think I am is something temporary -- just a brief part of my eternal being. The process of remembering who I am is just remembering who my temporary transitory self is, not my whole self -- which indeed has no name or description. So the not knowing who I am feeling turns out to be my connection with the who I really am, my eternal self, rather than who I think I am for now.<br><br><br><br>
Next time you get that feeling, perhaps you might want to find someone you love, and just hug them for a moment.
 

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Thanks for your replies and thanks for the website mouse. I was reading through it and alot of it sounds close to what I experience except the not being able to comprehend where I am part. And atleast I am not alone in this. The first time this ever happened to me I was 8. But then it never came back for years and since i was 12 or 13 I have had repeating of this happeneing to me. =/ Also soilman thats what I always wanted to do when i got that feeling was to hug someone but often times im not at home when it happens. I just try to tell myself everythings okay and remind myself whats going on. I find that if i remain calm and try to ignore it and not get scared it isnt as bad.
 

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I used to get awful panic attacks...was hospitalized repeatedly for anxiety/depression. Sometimes they were so bad that I was disoriented...sort of like you described.<br><br><br><br>
Have you tried breathing exercises? Different things work for different people, but maybe try something that focuses on your breath. I find that it calms my mind, I am focusing on something that isn't upsetting me, and physiologically, as you take in more air, it forces your body to calm down as well. Dr. Weil suggests a good one: you inhale for a count of four, hold it for a count of seven, and then exhale for a count of eight. As you do it more, your "counts" get longer.<br><br><br><br>
And soilman's suggestion about finding someone you love and hugging them is good. To me, it puts everything back into a place where it feels right again - and panic attacks are, to me, all about everything being in a bad place.
 

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nothing like what you described, but just recently in one of my classes I raised my hand to make a brilliant observation, of course, but when I was called on by my teacher I had a pretty bad anxiety attack where I was shaking uncontrollably and couldn't catch my breath. Surprisingly enough I wasn't embarrassed though I just took a moment of inner reflection realized I needed to relax and said what I intended to through a flurry of short wheezing breaths.<br><br><br><br>
Man I'm such a freak....
 

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I can't really say much more than what has already been said, but I just thought I'd give this link:<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.algy.com/anxiety/files/tips.html" target="_blank">http://www.algy.com/anxiety/files/tips.html</a><br><br><br><br>
It helped me out a lot when I was going through the worst of my anxiety problems. Just read through all the tips on the page, and try to remember them the next time you get panicky.<br><br><br><br>
Good luck <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I want to offer up the thought that if you are not eating and exercising properly, any disposition towards anxiety will be made much, much, worse. I used to suffer from massive anxiety and panic attacks, and once I cleaned up my diet and got on an exercise regimen, it became considerably better, as in, no more panic attacks. We often underestimate what proper nutrition can do for us, but in a world as stressful and chaotic as the one we live in, its important to support ourselves with all the nutrients we need.<br><br>
You might also want to consider an herbal remedy for anxiety...Here is a list.<br><br>
Kava Kava - has been known to cause liver problems, use at your own discretion...did wonders for me.<br><br>
Valerian Root- a mild sedative<br><br>
Catnip- Yes, like the stuff you give kitties. Has an opposite effect on us humans<br><br>
Passion flower- A sedative taken at time of panic to calm<br><br>
T-tryptophan<br><br>
Chamomile<br><br>
Aconite<br><br>
Kali Phosphate<br><br>
SAM-E - DO NOT take with t-tryptophan at the same time<br><br>
Hyssop<br><br>
Skullcap<br><br>
Mother wort<br><br><br><br>
Avoid large amounts of sugar and all caffeine, also avoid cured foods sch as ham, cheese, sausage, wine, kraut, eggplant<br><br><br><br>
High carb diet, plenty of exercise, and try to do some pranayama breathing exercises (can easily be found online)<br><br><br><br>
Take care of yourself!<br><br>
lovenlight,<br><br>
linz
 

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Another good flower remedy is Bach's Rock Rose (if you can get it where you are). I always take it when I'm feeling nervous and panicky, and it seems to do the trick.<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.bachessences.com/2001.htm" target="_blank">http://www.bachessences.com/2001.htm</a>
 

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Luckiecharms,<br><br>
Have you ever heard of Lucinda Bassett?She has recovered from Panic Disorder,she has a book called From Panic To Power.She also does the Attacking Anxiety and Depression Program.Its a series of cassettes and a work book.I have the program and it is helping me.The feeling that you are describing is anxiety.The feeling you have sounds like what Lucinda had.Its a feeling of spacyness,like your there,but not there.I know to because I have had them.Lucinda explained it as your mind is on an emotional overload and that is the way your mind has to protect itself.Its like your mind knows what to do without you feeling like you are really there in reality.Am I making any sense on this?Its really hard to explain,but if you can,check out the book at your library.Its really helpful.If you have any more questions,please PM me.I have had anxiety since I was 18 yrs.and now I'm 32.I am much better at coping with it now.It will never go away,but you control your thoughts therefore you will control the fear of feeling spacey.You learn to float with the feelings and use positive self talk.PM me if you'd like.<br><br><br><br>
Take care <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
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I think people too often make mountains out of molehiles on these kinds of issues, and by concentrating on what the problem is too much, and what to do about it, and they end up actually making what started out as a small problem, into a big one.<br><br><br><br>
I would suggest first, finding those right people to hug. And then, doing some basic tests to make sure there nothing wrong with your nervous system or blood chemistry. Next time you see a doctor for a rountine physical, do <b>not</b> mention your problem in detail -- some doctors will refer you for shock treatment right away -- again, making mountains out of molehiles. Just say you sometimes have trouble remembering things that you thought you shouldn't have had a problem remembering, and leave it at that. Otherwise, if you have money, psychiatrists will find ways to get it from you without helping you. Perhaps you may want to have a CT scan or an mri of the brain to rule out brain tumors and stuff like that. And blood tests for anemia, thyroid function, b12 status. If they can't find anything specificly wrong they will ply you with drugs -- these will probably do more harm than good. Avoid them. Don't exaggerate your symtoms to doctors; they will find exaggerated treatments for you. Just find someone to hug. Perhaps metaphorically -- find some way to help someone who needs help, rather than actually physically hug them. Maybe do some kind of volunteer job with disabled people or elderly people.<br><br><br><br>
Lot's of kinds of consciousness that doctors don't think are normal, in my opinion, are really quite normal, and nothing to worry about.<br><br><br><br>
Stop worrying about it and do the hugging thing. Hug people who need, and deserve, hugs.<br><br><br><br>
make sure you are getting adequate b12 and niacin in your diet. Don't overdo it on the niacin. Just take the rda. B12 is stored so you can take it like only once a week or once every 2 weeks. The rda is about 5 micrograms per day, but you can take maybe 500 micrograms once a week. It sounds like 10 times the rda, but this is ok with b12. Dissolve the tabs in your mouth. B12 is absorbed well in the mouth. Don't take 10 times the rda of niacin tho. I think that is too much. I don't believe in megavitamin therapy and I think it is dangerous. I think Linus Pauling is a crock.<br><br><br><br>
Read and learn about bonafide physical ailments that might have your symtoms, but try to, for the most part, <b>avoid diagnoses that are based on what you say, rather than on physical tests.</b>
 

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I don't have too much to add. But I had a panic problem off and on for a few years (it's gone now!), and one thing I can definitely say is, don't be afraid to tell people who are close to you and who might be able to help support you (friends, a significant other, a close relative, etc.). I mean, you don't have to tell the whole school, family, etc., but having someone who knows what's up can really help.<br><br><br><br>
That way, if you're at, say, school when you start feeling weird, you can mention it to someone whom you've already filled in and he or she can give you some support and understanding (and a hug! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">). I found that sometimes, just telling someone that you're feeling weird can help you feel un-weird.
 

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Hi,<br><br><br><br>
I do know what panic attacks feel like, I went through a time when I used to have one every couple of hours, for about 3 months and I thought I was going to die, especially when I was hyperventilating. They are awful and you think you are going mad. However, I solved my problem by trying something called Thought Field Therapy. This is a totally non-invasive treatment which just literally switches off distressing feelings like fear, anxiety, depressed thoughts within minutes. It is mindblowing. But I also found out that it was certain foods that I was having that were actually causing my panic attacks; for me it was wheat,tea and garlic. Once I cut these out, the attacks stopped. Some people have 'individual energy toxins' (IETs) which can be anything you eat, drink or inhale which affect you energy system and eventually your emotions. You end up with an 'energy allergy' and the symptoms can be anxiety, panic attacks, depression and loads of other problems.<br><br><br><br>
If you want more info let me know. All I know is that it sorted me out.<br><br><br><br>
Ildiko <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sunny.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":sunny:">
 

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I used to have them years ago in large crowded places. (The worst was in Grand central station) I associated it with low self esteem but that's just me. I grew out of it once my low self esteem was no longer an issue (and gone!)
 
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