By ohtheirony - 10/12/2015 19:49 - United States - Reno
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Just keep taking deep breaths and it will pass. They always do.
I mean it kinda works like that... sorta. They do eventually pass and the fastest way is to breathe deeply. Though that's really difficult to do seeing as you're hyperventilating and irrationally afraid you won't be able to breathe if you stop. I do find that it helps if you fully understand that you can not die during one. That small piece of logic is incredibly useful to a chaotic disoriented brain.
While it isn't likely, you can actually die from an anxiety attack so should always take them seriously. They can trigger cardiac arrest in certain people. Or you could pass out and fall or otherwise injure yourself fatally. That's why it's always important to not try to drive or do anything dangerous while having an attack or when it may trigger one. I've had to pull over many times and end up panicking in a parking lot because driving is extremely overstimulating for me. It is not a fun disorder to have. :/
Been there OP! Hope your friends can learn to understand it, accept it and learn your triggers or ways they can help you. Hang in there and good luck!
Sometimes the very thing that gives you anxiety is knowing you have anxiety, I'm sorry OP. Hopefully your friends understood.