Panic attacks are horrible. I have suffered from them for 23 years. It takes GUTS to live with this disorder...trust me.
After 23 years I finally went for help and asked for and got Xanax which I plan to use PRN during second year nursing school
. Not sure why I took so long to seek help for it. I have yet to try it and am not sure it will work but I had to do something.
I always know why I am having panic attacks right out of the blue when I sit down and think about how much stress I am having at a particular time in my life. When things are cool, I have no attacks, but when things heat up...Wham!!.
Panic attacks for me are nature's way of telling me to SLOW down...take a deep breath and stop the messages in my head that I play over and over again.
Anxiety disorder is for me.......talking in my head. I am learning (finally) to stop the negative self talk. I found that taking Lucinda Basset's Anxiety program has helped somewhat, but lately I have wandered away from my studies on that and am studying my nursing instead. I need a balance somewhere on that I think lol.
What helps me with anxiety is making sure I get enough sleep, am prepared for "everything" and that means studying my arse off beforehand, (prep work for me = less anxiety...the more prepared I am, the less panicked I become if that makes sense...so if that tip helps you when you enter school, I know it works for me.
Also, what else works for me when I experience a panic attack driving alone to ......hmm say the clinical site...when my heart is racing and I am worried about clinical...is this......in my car, if I feel one coming on, I immediately self talk myself out of it...Hard to explain but if that means rolling down my window and singing at the top of my lungs so be it...also I will say to myself what is the worst thing that will happen and take deep breaths while trying to still concentrate on my driving. It takes practice but I can usually get through them. Then I chastise myself for getting so scared of nothing..probably not good to get mad at myself but that is what I do.
Talking about it helps too. Finding others who have the same disorder helps you to relate and find coping methods.
Hugs to you, I most certainly know EXACTLY what you are going through. Know that you are not alone in this.
Good luck with your studies, Be strong. :icon_hug: :icon_hug: :icon_hug: