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My panic issues.
Apr 5, 2004

I thought I'd just tell you about what I've gone through, and perhaps you could explain if what I've been experiencing for the past few months is actually panic attacks or not.

My problems all began back in October when I smoked marijuana for the first time in my life. I had been through a lot that day...a few of my best friends got into a car accident and I got all depressed, so I thought I'd get high to kind of ease the pain. Anyway, after I realized I was stoned, I got into an intense state of fear. I was doing a bunch of weird things (ie, spinning around in circles) because I thought it was going to help me become sober for some reason. Well, my friends were laughing and stuff, and I would've too had I not known how scared I saw. Anyway, when it was time for me to go home, I began getting a strange sensation in the left side of my neck. It almost felt like the blood in the jugular vein was flowing like water, and the blood was really cold. It was very strange. Anyway, I thought I was dying because I had never experienced anything like that before and it was very strange. The following weeks after that I still felt very strange. I would get the sensation in my neck every once in a while, and sometimes I'd feel as if I was out of my body, and my hands felt numb. Over the following months the feelings kind of went away, but have still persisted every once in a while. For example, one time I went to see the Lord of the Rings, and toward the end of it I kind of got anxious for a few reasons. One reason was because I really had to go to the bathroom (haha) but didn't want to miss anything, so I got pretty anxious and wanted it to end. Another reason was because I had stayed up all night before, and was very tired. I had also not eaten anything. A billion thoughts rushed through my'am I going to pass out?' and 'what if i pass out and die of not eating anything?' and weird stuff like that. It's very strange when I have panic attacks, or at least what I feel are panic attacks, because it seems like all these "suggestions" (if you will) running through my head are similar to being in a crowd of hundreds of people kind of feels like a bunch of people are putting bad thoughts into my head and I'm beleiving every single one of them. Anyway, what happened was I was sitting in my chair and it felt as if I was getting "pulled" out of my body, or just floating away. Very strange. I got up and left, and my heart was beating extremely fast. I decided to head home and get something to eat the fries I bought, it tasted like I was biting my tounge or something. I decided to get some sleep, but when I woke up my body was still sort of numb/tingly and I just, overall, felt gross. The latest incident I can think of was when I was playing a videogame and I thought I was having a stroke or a heart attack because I had a twitching feeling in my upper-left arm. I later found out that it was just a muscle spasm from holding the controller a certain way. The same thing happened where I kind of zoned out or felt like I was out of my body, but then I started thinking of the symptoms of a heart attack and my arm started to hurt. Then I called a prayer line (I'm a Christian) and I started thinking about the symptoms of a stroke, and it felt like my throat was closing up and I couldn't talk. I tend to have problems with that too...I have bad cases of hypochondria that lead to panic attacks from thinking that I have some sort of disease or sickness.

Anyway, can anyone that bothered to read this relate? I'd feel better if someone could.

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