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Offline Billie

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Re: After a panic attack, how quickly do you 'recover'?
« Reply #10 on: December 27, 2013, 09:06:36 PM »
Sometimes it's gone within minutes and other times much longer.i wish there was an off button on anxiety.
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Re: After a panic attack, how quickly do you 'recover'?
« Reply #11 on: December 27, 2013, 10:37:55 PM »
I agree that it depends on the person.

For me, my attacks maybe last a few minutes to an hour+ and I have anxiety type symptoms for days (sometimes weeks) afterwards.

I have rescue meds (Xanax/Klonopin) for when I need to calm myself down quick ... I also have to continue to take them for a few days after an attack for the adrenaline to leave my body
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Re: After a panic attack, how quickly do you 'recover'?
« Reply #12 on: December 28, 2013, 10:30:28 PM »
I have three types of panic attacks, a full blown extreme attack, an average anxiety/panic attack, and what I call a 'mini-sode' attack. The big attacks for me can also take a day or two to get calmer again, the average ones usually a few hours, and the mini-sodes can dissipate a half hour or so. I never feel 100% symptom free unfortunately, I usually always has some small degree of anxiety. Sometimes for me with the bigger attacks, it takes me longer to calm because I fear so badly that I'm dying/will die/it will happen again that it sustains my recovery period. I've trying to work on accepting my anxiety more and teaching my brain that anxiety is the cause not a physical problem. That's a monumental task, but you could maybe give that a try.
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Re: After a panic attack, how quickly do you 'recover'?
« Reply #13 on: January 02, 2014, 07:44:31 PM »
I've had panic attacks when driving - and oh, aren't those fun!  :(  It usually takes a couple of minutes and my body begins to feel almost relaxed, but like a tired type of relaxed.  I would take one road to get to my fiance's house and would always feel panicky when on it.  This road is right near the parkway, it's very curvy and I would panic even before I got onto it.  I began taking another route and it's been much easier.

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Re: After a panic attack, how quickly do you 'recover'?
« Reply #14 on: January 09, 2014, 10:37:15 PM »
I have three types of panic attacks, a full blown extreme attack, an average anxiety/panic attack, and what I call a 'mini-sode' attack. The big attacks for me can also take a day or two to get calmer again, the average ones usually a few hours, and the mini-sodes can dissipate a half hour or so. I never feel 100% symptom free unfortunately, I usually always has some small degree of anxiety. Sometimes for me with the bigger attacks, it takes me longer to calm because I fear so badly that I'm dying/will die/it will happen again that it sustains my recovery period. I've trying to work on accepting my anxiety more and teaching my brain that anxiety is the cause not a physical problem. That's a monumental task, but you could maybe give that a try.
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Re: After a panic attack, how quickly do you 'recover'?
« Reply #15 on: January 09, 2014, 11:05:17 PM »
I recently had one that lasted for a couple of weeks, started out with an innocent sneeze, that I accidentally suppressed & it came out a bit stronger than I expected it to, a rush of anxiety & stress came over me, had a terrible panic attack that lasted about 4 hours, until I finally managed to get home & slowly fall asleep with my heart still pounding & chest hurting, then, every day after that for 2 weeks, whenever I went out anywhere, be it school, or just a walk in the park, I'd have insufferable panic attack for the entirety of the time I spent outside of my own room. 2 weeks passed, I gave up, just decided to stay at home, it got a bit worse at first. first 2 weeks were just sleepless, palpitations all over the place, stiff neck, feeling that my heart is pounding so hard I actually was convinced some of my veins (especially in neck & head) are gonna pop from pressure any time soon. I recovered fully (as fully as you can recover from these things) around christmas & have been stable so far, I'm still learning to suppress the fear & stress I feel whenever I feel a sensation that I'm not familiar with or that reminds me of my panic attacks & thankfully I've been successful so far.
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Re: After a panic attack, how quickly do you 'recover'?
« Reply #16 on: January 27, 2014, 10:58:03 AM »
After I have a panic/anxiety attack, The left over symptoms can last for 2-3 months for me and that's when my agoraphobia comes into play. I won't go anywhere at all. I will feel so ill.. Can't eat and become paralyzed on the couch. I hate it!
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Re: After a panic attack, how quickly do you 'recover'?
« Reply #17 on: January 28, 2014, 04:42:48 PM »
My panic attacks usually only last a few seconds, but if I get a lot of them in sequence, I can be anxious for days afterward. That's perfectly normal.

If you think you're having panic attacks, I really recommend that you find a counselor who can work with you. They can decide if you need to be on meds or not -- but remember, there is no "quick fix"! Panic attacks frequently happen because we've been stressed beyond our ability to cope, and just taking a pill won't magically make everything better by itself (even though the pharma companies would like you to think otherwise!) If there's a big stressor in your life, a counselor can help you learn coping techniques to deal with that stress, or even help you find ways to avoid that stressor altogether.

Good luck!
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Re: After a panic attack, how quickly do you 'recover'?
« Reply #18 on: January 29, 2014, 10:09:33 PM »
I am usually completely exhausted after a panic attack and it takes everything not to fall asleep. 
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