Panic attacks?

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I have been posting under the Citralopram group for some weeks as someone who has been suffering from anxiety. However I find myself at a loss as to how to help my adult son who appears to be suffering a similar condition but his main symptoms are what I think are panic attacks. 

Hed  been on a night out and had stayed over at a hotel but does find all of these things really difficult to do and on returning home he collapsed at the train station where a paramedic suggested that his blood sugar was probably really low. I was wondering if others who have experience of panic attacks find them to be as severe that you can collapse , he has sweat pouring off him when they happen and then colour drains from his face. All very scary for him and his girlfriend. 

Looking to to hear other people's experiences of panic attacks and advice on how to overcome them.

Val

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    Hi Valerie

    Ive been suffering with anxiety/panic attacks since I was 18 (now 40). What you are describing is defo panic attacks, yes they really can be that severe. Ive ended up in hospital twice because of them in the past. What usually happens is one symptom starts for example it could be slight dizziness. Followed by a feeling of intense fear, then your body responds by giving intense symptoms such as rapid heart rate, breathlessness, sweating etc. Not everyone suffers the same symptoms.

    The best advice I would give your son is to teach himself not to be scared of them. If one happens he needs to take sliw deep breaths. This wont banish the fear but it does stop alot of the symptoms such as fast heart rate. For me soneone just being there and reminding me it will pass and that Im going to be ok helps. They are truly confusing, terrifying to experience. Thankfully Im now at a point where the panics are rare and I can cope when they come.

    Another thing I want to mention is that panic atracks stem from something, maybe underlying stress or anxiety? Booze makes them tons worse the day after, I can vouch for that one!!

    Hope this helps and feel free to ask anything.

    Louise x

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      Thank you for your reply Louise, as ever this forum never fails to have someone respond when in need of some support and kind words. 

      I agree that the alcohol side of things can make these situations so much worse. It's a bit of a catch 22 when you are out and like to take a drink to socialise and unwind a bit but overall it's maybe not worth it. I've tried telling him not to fear the panic as you've said but it's hard when you are in the throes of one to see the sense in this. Overall he's not too open to any advice yet and to change you have to really be ready to try anything and he's not maybe at that stage yet. 

      Thanks again

      Val

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    My friends anxiety attacks would enduce copious amounts of morning vomiting and irritable bowel. It took along time to find right meds but eventually after a long they did. The person is always anxious about their job and having enough money to survive on. 
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