I feel like I'm dying and no one will believe me. 17 yrs old

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I'm seventeen and for the last few months Ive been having severe anxiety and panic attacks. I actually had to go to the emergency room one time because of how bad it was. I had a check up with my doctor and cardiologist and they said everything looked fine except might have an irregular heart beat. My dad had a bad heart his whole life and died a few months ago because of a heart attack. I was the only one in the room when he passed away and I think that probably triggered something.

For the last few months I've been feeling lime I'm going to die either all of a sudden (heart attack or maybe a seizure) or I'm slowly dying. I'm terrified or dying because I know that I couldn't do that to my family. It would hurt so much to leave them in pain like that. At the same time I can't see myself living like this anymore. I feel beyond tired all of the time, dizzy, weak, I can't eat much because ill feel sick, and I have headaches a lot. I also have chest pains a lot and I don't know if that's from anxiety or something else. 

I'm so scared all of the time and I can't leave my house anymore. I know I will have a panic attack because I always do and cry and break down in front of everyone. I just want to feel normal again. I'm tiredbof feeling like I'm dying.

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    Hi!

    So sorry to hear about your father and what you had to experience at such a young age.  Please accept my condolences. You have been through so much.  Do you have someone you can talk to. You must see your GP and get the help and support you need. Tell him/her how you are feeling. Take a copy of what you' ve written here or make notes before you go. 

    Do let us know how you get on. 

    Best wishes

     

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    ElephantCozmo.....I have the exact physical symptoms as you and I've been assured (by a number of doctors, specialists, and mental health professionals that they're all the result of anxiety....I know it feels horrible, but you will get through this....you've experienced a tremendous loss, and it's only natural that you'd be feeling anxious....as Sue mentioned in her reply, go see your primary care physician, explain how you're feeling, and ask for help....you're not alone in this....take care.
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    I have felt the exact same way 4 the past month since being diagnosed with anxiety I hope that today I figure some stuff out when I go to the dr for my follow up just know ur not alone
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    This is classic anxiety and all of the physical symptoms are a result of the panic; usually hyperventilation. My advice is this (from another thread):

    Physiologically, your body is reacting the same way it would in a state of fear - overwhelming tension. To reduce the fear, learn to control your breathing.If the tension is in your chest, don't do what a lot of therapists advise and breathe into your diaphragm - breathe into your chest (because that's where the tension is) and take as much air in as possible through your mouth. Take in as much air as your lungs can physically allow.

    Hold that breath for 7 seconds. Breathe out slowly and then once all of the air has left your body, don't breathe in again for 11 seconds. Repeat as many times as necessary until the tension in your chest has been alleviated.

    Your head may feel dizzy - don't worry about it. Go with it. It will relax you. Make you feel slightly euphoric. You may feel tingling in your fingers and toes (also symptoms of heart attack) - don't worry about it. Go with it. That's 'good air' making it's way into your blood stream, flowing around your body, telling you to relax.

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