I got drunk and The day after I'm panicking with anxiety and finding it hard to breathe, help

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im 15 and I know I shouldn't be drinking, but I wanted to try and after what I'm experiencing I don't think I will drink again. Let's start off at the beginning it was Sunday night and I was home alone and I got bored so long story short I decided to get drunk for the first time, and obviously as I've never drunk much before it didn't take much for me to get drunk, I felt light headed and couldn't walk well so I decided to go to bed, I was sick and the morning after I had what I'm guessing is a hangover, I had a head ache and just didn't feel well, this lasted only a few hours until I felt okay, and I was sitting on the computer when I started yawning and taking deep breaths (I've always had a short breath but it's never been bad) it started become excessive and now I'm just gasping for air very 10 seconds so I decided to get sleep but I can't, I close my eyes and my breathing just stops and I think it's anxiety as I'm continually worrying about it to the extent that I'm writing this post I noticed that  if I take my mind of it by talking or something that involves interaction than I'm fine but this doesn't last long I can't get sleep and I'm just wondering if it's to do with a a hangover I don't have a head ache anymore I feel fine except with my breathing and worrying. This for sure has put me off drinking even as an adult, so in a way it's good but I just want to know if everything well go back to normal, is it the result of drinking or something else? Please answer as soon as possible 

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    Sounds like your hangover caused your anxiety, you're stuck in a recurring cycle of thinking about your symptoms which in turn makes them worse and therefore you think about them more. When you experience anxiety your body produces adrenaline which increases your heart rate and breathing. Some people even minterpret this as a heart attack and up in ER when they're completely fine. You have absolutely nothing to worry about. I know from experience it's hard but you need to take your mind off it and then your symptoms will stop. I study medicine and it's very rare for a 15 year old to experience serious heart problems and very common for anxiety to cause heart palpitations. Just try and relax as much as you can and tell yourself it's just anxiety. You'll be fine. Oh and don't worry about drinking at 15 everyone does it ??

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    No charlie, it isn't the drink that has you feeling like this. I suspect that you are a nervous guy, and this just set you off on the anxiety rollercoaster. I think this anxiety was lurking somewhere in the back of your mind. Were it not now, it probably would come out at some other time.You are joining the millon's of us that have been plagued with this terrible thing. You seen to be focused on your breathing,and that is what we do. I  was a nervous child,and grew into a nervous adult, that had anxiety, and panic on and off for years. I have been on a antidepressant for years, so I am feeling great. What I hope for you is that you talk yourself down from this feeling, and it goes away. You are young and don't need to deal with this. I was 18 when I really started to fall apart. If it keeps up, and you can't move on, then tell you parents that your having anxiety, and go see your family doc. Good luck!!!!

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      I have a dual diagnosis of snxiety/alcoholism. I'm assuming you have a generalized anxiety disorder and alcohol makes it worse. First off, I wouldnt drink for awhile and see how you feel. If you still feel anxiety in a few days you should talk to your parents and see a doctor. But definitely lay off the alcohol as it just seems to make things worse.

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      I've always been very anxious and would worry about nothing, and like I said every now then I would have to take deep breaths but I was used to it and it was nothing bad, very easy to deal with I feel like the alcohol has made it x10 worse, I got in bed and ended up being okay I watched family guy and comedy shows that made laugh and I was okay I stopped worrying although I had to take a few deep breaths every now and then, And what I'm gonna say sounds weird but I decided to masterbate and it made me forget all about it, so I got to sleep, I didn't wake up or anything, but I had a dream about anxiety and breathing, anyway skip to the morning and I'm fine for the first 5 minutes then I just begin to worry like really bad and my breathing goes out of control again and my common sense tells me it's just anxiety but then I just convince myself that I'm dying, skip forward half an hour to right now as I'm writing this post and I'm fine my breathing is still a bit bad but other than that it's okay I've stopped worrying but I'm wondering will this last a couple more days and will I be okay? 

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    Yes, keeping busy does help. You can control your breathing by focusing on your breaths. Remember to breathe through belly not your chest. Take slow breaths though your nose and let your belly expand. Taking short breaths can trigger panic attacks.

    ​You my friend, have the bad case of anxiety. the drinking could have triggered it or maybe the guilt you feel about the drinking. And you could be dehydrated. Dehydration does crazy stuff to your body as well.

    ​If your concerns persist, talk to your parents. Wishing you the best! Take care.

     

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