A hot shower caused me to have a panic attack ( need help )

Edited , 8 users are following.

I've been only dealing with my anxiety for a month now and its been a horrible hell. Some days I'd feel sort of ok and others it would be total hell. The other day I was having one of my "better days" and I went to go take a shower. About 5 minutes after I got nout of the shower I just crashed. I started feeling horrible and I started shaking and I started having a full blown panick attack.

I went to the internet and found out that sometimes hot showers can trigger panick attacks in some that atre just learning to deal with their anxiety ( Like me ). Is there anyone here that can offer me some advice on this subject. If you can I would be extremely greatful. I really don't want to fear going into the shower and having this trigger me for no real reason what so ever.

0 likes, 13 replies

Report / Delete

13 Replies

  • Edited

    I am actually experiencing something similar with the shower situation. I don't know if its the enclosure or the steam, but I feel like I can't breathe when I'm in the shower and I get heart palpitations sometimes. This just happened within the past few weeks, I've never had a problem with the shower. My best recommendation is to have company with you, spouse, pet, parent (as I try to drag mine with me when I'm not feeling good), or what's been working better is to play music or a tv show on your laptop in the background and just focus on singing or listening to the tv show to distract you from getting your thoughts caught up in the shower. Its easier said than done but when you have to shower just dont over think it, just go in like I'm gonna take a shower, sing if you have to, and get out. Don't be like "oh no last time I didn't feel good in the shower" because then the panic sets in afterwards. Leave the past in the past. Like I said I am still experiencing this, but this stuff is helping me way more than a few weeks ago. Feel better.

    Report / Delete Reply
    • Posted

      Thank you allot for the advice. I've read in many posts here that the key to rising above anxiety is mind over matter but much like you said, its truly easier said then done. Thank you ALLOT for your advice. I truly mean it.

      Report / Delete Reply
  • Posted

    I'm so sorry to hear that this has happened to you, the same thing happens to me just about every time I shower. Showering is such a mindless activity and anxiety thrives off of that because it gives it time to take control. It makes you think about all of this crazy stuff and causes you to panic. Also anxiety makes you feel "hot" and clammy naturally so a hot shower plus the "hot" affect from anxiety I feel attributed to that. What helps me is I either turn on YouTube or listen to music, to help distract my mind. I also shower in lukewarm water (as weird as that sounds) and make it as quick as possible. Hope that helps! Anxiety is a beast sometimes ugh

    Report / Delete Reply
  • Edited

    Best advice is go and seek a therapist now. Dont wait until it has such a strong grip it ruins your life you are making something called "anxiety rules" you probably have a lot by now and this lists will grow and grow. The shower is now an anxiety rule for you. No hot showers 🤔😱

    Panic attacks can be situational and many times random. So be very careful on the connection. You can be happily walking about and boom one comes on. Is it the streets fault..no it isnt. But believe me people will  be like ..oh yes it so i wont walk there anymore..it is the door to agoraphobis dont fall into that cage.

    the shower triggered it. How about dehydration. Hot water escalates dehydration. Simple drink a tall cup of either water  or gatorade then shower then have another drink if needed. 

    THere are a ton of books out there on anxiety and ways to cope. Apps galore. And Workbooks on anxiety to help you think correctly. That and therapy can go a long way.

    it takes a while to manage it. When it first starts its scary and very very confusing. That goes on for months. Some develop health anxiety as they are just in extreme denial or enviornmental taught to down play the potency of what an anxiety disorder is caoable of doing to a person. It does have symptoms from the adrenaline rushes.tHen comes acceptance. Best part it's the start of healing. Read, read and read some more. Utube has videos too. Pinterest is loaded with help.  Learn all you can. Its a simple search too. Then apply it all. Something will resonate with you. A therapist is very useful because of all its confusion and it will keep you grounded. Some do go for cbt or dbt and meds as well. 

    Good luck. You are not alone. This disorder takes time to reprogram and manage. It requires patient and change. You never "need" to "fear" anything. Fear is the food for the disorder. 

     

    Report / Delete Reply
    • Posted

      It truly means allot to me that you took the time to not only care but write such a detailed response. I do have to admit that when I first started having these  random out of the blue wierd thoughts and panic attacks I know something was very wrong. I honestly didn't wait to go see the doctor and within the first month I found a counselor that specialised in anxiety issues ( after my doctor thought I should seek one out ).

      The scary part to me is that I'd never had anxiety issues prior to these last few months. I'm willing to truck though this and am willing to listen and learn. Its just hard for me to understand do to the fact that I have the keys and I see the door but I still don't understand how to get to the door and open it...if that makes any sense.

      Report / Delete Reply
    • Edited

      Knowledge is the pre requisite to all this. Learn the science of a panic attack. The science of anxiety. Very very important to learn that. Learn it all. Exactly what happens anatomically and  physiolodically and emotionally.  The best biology lesson you can ever learn. Once that part is intact and understood it wont be as scary. Then read a couple of books on anxiety. Then get a workbook on anxiety....etc.. all this knowledge is wonderful. Your mind will have a goto as a guide at that point.

      you are not necessarily opening the door and its all cured and gone. You will be manageing it but after a lot of time, patience and self love it will slowly replace each of the connections you made already ina positive way. Once the mindset is firmly ingrained in you ...the fear is slowly stripped away. Doesnt mean it never pops back up. But then you learn how to deal with it.its a journey. It is a mal funtion at its core in your amyglada in your brain unknown why. But this intertwines in everything somehow. We are complicated beings. But again over time it can and does become manageable most of the time. Sometimes you have to ride it out too.

      Everything has a starting point. Your starting point was a few months ago. 

       

      Report / Delete Reply
    • Posted

      By your name up there  under youll see messages. Its red when you have a message. I sent you some information to hopefully help you
      Report / Delete Reply
    • Posted

      If I have to "ride this out" I'm truly glad I have people like you and this site / chat board to be with me on this ride. Being here, saying my peace, trying to help others while others are trying to help me has helped allot.....this will make the "ride" allot easier.

      Report / Delete Reply
  • Posted

    Yes hot water triggers my panic attacks as well as being hot in general! I take semi cold showers now and it really helps if I really want to take a hot shower I do but if I start feeling anxious I turn the water back down to cold. You're not alone on this subject at all I've had anxiety my whole life and just being alone in the shower for too long sometimes throws me into anxiety taking a cool shower has helped me a lot I hope this helps smile

    Report / Delete Reply
  • Edited

    I have had anxiety and agoraphobia for two years now and I get panic attacks all the time but they get really bad in the shower and I figured out when I feel the attack coming on to switch the shower to cold it helps a little to where it isn't as bad and you can all ways just take baths. It might work for you but everyone is different and I also recommend you seek professional help if your panic attacks are getting out of control.

    Report / Delete Reply
  • Posted

    You are not alone in this. I don't THINK, its the heat or steam though. As I've felt these sensations in the past, but more recently, (thanks pandemic) i think it has to do with the getting the shower done thing, if this makes sense. if we're already anxious souls, we have a tendency to want to "plow through" to get a task done. We lose self control, and focus on the rapid heart rate, that is perfectly normal when you're doing something invigorating , especially when just getting up from sleep, or just getting up at all. iI thought that I would pop some music on my phone and sing along, to take my mind off. I didn’t do this today thus, I’m writing this. Next time, I will and I will update. I’m so glad that I know that I’m not alone in this. Glad I found this thread. FYI I’ve been suffering with anxiety, really bad, It came on over the last five years with the loss of my mother, five years ago and my father, just this year. I know this is gonna sound weird, but next time you feel an attack coming on, no matter what it is, try to associate it with something that soothes you. For me it’s music. It takes my mind off of a lot of things and if I sing along to it no matter how goofy I might sound, at least my mind is off my internal thoughts at that time. Hope this helps, keep up the good fight!

    Report / Delete Reply

Join this discussion or start a new one?

New discussion Reply

Report or request deletion

Thanks for your help!

We want the forums to be a useful resource for our users but it is important to remember that the forums are not moderated or reviewed by doctors and so you should not rely on opinions or advice given by other users in respect of any healthcare matters. Always speak to your doctor before acting and in cases of emergency seek appropriate medical assistance immediately. Use of the forums is subject to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy and steps will be taken to remove posts identified as being in breach of those terms.

newnav-down newnav-up