frequent anxiety and panic attacks

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I'm a student in college and i need advice to help overcome my anxiety and panic attacks. From as far back as i can remember i always had no problems with anxiety and i was confident etc.. but a couple years ago i suffered from what i think was an anxiety attack, i got really hot and sweaty, lightheaded and embaressed because of this. Since then i frequently get the same 'attacks' when in social, or awkward situations. I only seem to get these attacks when, for example, i have to present something to the rest of the class, or if i sit near the front of the class so that everyone can see me or even in some cases, when a teacher asks me a question. I also, i seem to suffer from these attacks when i am hot (if the temperate of the classroom is stuffy and warm) i try my hardest to keep myself cool by drinking cold water, breathing deeply and trying to keep my mind off these attacks but my constant fear of potentially having one makes me more anxious. if anyone can relate to this and possibly give me advise as to what i can do to overcome this, it would be greatly appreciated. thanks.

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    I am in a very similar situation to you. I would like to give you positive advice but like you I am struggling at the moment. I too was chilled before Uni and suddenly I get shakey and panicky when talking in front of class, sometimes Im scared to talk even when I have a good point. I just cant do presentations. But my biggest worry is that I am so stressed all the time, Every time I feel my heart beat I worry There is something wrong with me. Like you this worry makes the aninety a whole lot worse and every day I think that I am going to have a heart attack. It's totally making me have a negative outlook on life, Everything is a struggle. I just want to be chilled out again. I'm considering taking antidepressants from the docs but this is not a path I want to go down 😔
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      thanks for the reply. its not like i am always stressed, just whenever a social gathering is coming up i get nervous and shakey, but this doesnt happen when it is people i am close too like my best friends, i have considered going to see a doctor but, like yourself, it is not really a path i am ready to go down. im scared enough already to tell anyone about these problems (even my parents)
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    Hi Miles,

    I hope you're well mate. 

    Although your Anxeity is related to something different to mine, I think they probably manifest in the same way.

    I have greatly improved, although not flat out cured, the frequency and severity of my anxeity by trying to do thing very thing that I most wanted to avoid. I quite simply put myself in the worst situation I could thing of. The thing that I felt would be my absolute worst nightmare.... I just went and did it. And you know what happened? Nothing. I was scared out of my wits and a fear times I was physically sick a couple of time. You know what the worst thing about the situation was? The anxiety itself. And most definetly not what I was actually worrying about. Which of course, never actually happens.

    The point being, if you let yourself go and jump into the deepest of deep ends, eventually (and it doesn't happen overnight of course) you will learn than whatever it is your most afraid of, it probably isn't that bad.

    Have self believe and know that your anxeity is not a part of you or how you think. And you will be independant of it, or at very least to a degree you can comforatble deal with it.

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      This seems like really helpful advice, its just, when my attacks happen i get really sweaty and i feel this is really obvious to the people around me, and i have tried to ride the attack out but seen as i am in college, repeating the same lessons with the same people in the same place, i feel like they noticed the attack last time and this makes me fearful of having another, which then, as a result, triggers another. i hope you understand where i am coming from. again, thanks for this advicesmile
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      Absolutely, Miles. It sounds like your fearful of people noticing you're having an anxeity attack. In fact, it sounds as though your anxeity revolves around being self concious. Would that be fair to say?

      Even more reason to concour it, my friend. I know it is very hard, and I am only expressing the means by which I have help myself which is of course to be taken with a pinch of salt. Everyone is different right.

      However!!!.....

      Everything after 'its just' in your reply is you justifying why it is hard, or why you wouldn't want to face the fears that you have. For me personally, it has been really important to notice when my anxeity takes over my mind set. Build up your courage, all of your motivation and be the bravest person you can be and kindly suggest to all of those thoughts to **** off! Tough love from you to your anxeity sort of thing!

      I'm sure everyone here is wildly aware that what you're going through is hard and not in any way comfortable, but the most important point is... none of that matters and it certainly isn't going to help.

      Good luck my friend. I wish you all the best :D

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      Absolutely, Miles. It sounds like your fearful of people noticing you're having an anxeity attack. In fact, it sounds as though your anxeity revolves around being self concious. Would that be fair to say?

      Even more reason to concour it, my friend. I know it is very hard, and I am only expressing the means by which I have help myself which is of course to be taken with a pinch of salt. Everyone is different right.

      However!!!.....

      Everything after 'its just' in your reply is you justifying why it is hard, or why you wouldn't want to face the fears that you have. For me personally, it has been really important to notice when my anxeity takes over my mind set. Build up your courage, all of your motivation and be the bravest person you can be and kindly suggest to all of those thoughts to **** off! Tough love from you to your anxeity sort of thing!

      I'm sure everyone here is wildly aware that what you're going through is hard and not in any way comfortable, but the most important point is... none of that matters and it certainly isn't going to help.

      Good luck my friend. I wish you all the best :D

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      yeah, its not necesserely being self concious, more that i dont want an attack to happen so that people will think its weird rolleyes but yeah thanks a lot mate this has given me lots of motivation smile
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