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Panic attacks

AwesomelorenzoAwesomelorenzo Member Posts: 98 Connected
My panic attacks are always at night and I don't know why. They are mild and severe so my parents don't believe that it's everynight.  They don't know about the mild ones. I take Kalms, but I don't want to be doing that long term.

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  • poppy123456poppy123456 Community champion Posts: 21,139 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi,

    Have you spoke to your GP about this? Maye a good isea to do that, if you haven't already.

    Kalms are herbal based and certainly won't do any harm taking 1 a day of these.
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  • chiariedschiarieds Community champion Posts: 5,252 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Awesomelorenzo - I hope you may try this breathing exercise. It's something I used to teach in relaxation classes, & I personally still use each night to help me settle to sleep. Practice it during the day at first so you know how to use it at night time. You don't need a pillow under your knees. Please see: https://www.guysandstthomas.nhs.uk/resources/patient-information/therapies/abdominal-breathing.pdf
    Hope this helps. :)

  • cupcake88cupcake88 Member Posts: 502 Pioneering
    I’m sorry your going threw this I often suffer with panic attacks I’m on sertraline and quatiapine which helps control them as I have other mental illnesses also . 

    Like suggested breathing exercises  Can help  Also , 

    talking therapies also could help 
  • woodbinewoodbine Member Posts: 1,607 Disability Gamechanger
    edited November 10
    Senior management (mrs w) had a number of really bad panic attacks when she was going through the change (was hoping for a new sofa but instead had to lock the knife draw! ) GP put her on medication and hasn't had a single attack since so seeing your GP is the way to go.
    On the subject of talking therapies she did have CBT, which she found less than useless, a friend of ours had CBT the therapist told her to wear an elastic band round her wrist and to pull it when she felt stressed (I kid you not) one day the elastic band snapped and she spent hours worrying about it.
  • leeCalleeCal Member Posts: 2,492 Disability Gamechanger
    I first heard about the use of an elastic band on the wrist thirty five years ago, either it works @woodbine or things really haven’t progressed!

    some combinations of drugs can cause panic attacks, @Awesomelorenzo you might try organising a review of your medications.
  • AwesomelorenzoAwesomelorenzo Member Posts: 98 Connected
    @leeCal
    I'm on nothing other than kalms.

  • poppy123456poppy123456 Community champion Posts: 21,139 Disability Gamechanger
    I would definitely advise speaking to your GP. Kalms is just a herbal tablet that can be bough over the counter. I'm not suggesting you take other medication because we're not qualified to recommend this, only your GP can tell you this.

    I hope you find something that helps.
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  • Tori_ScopeTori_Scope Administrator Posts: 2,086 Pioneering
    I'd also recommend speaking to your GP, and perhaps accessing some talking therapy or different medication @Awesomelorenzo :) Is that something you'd consider? 

    As a side note: I actually find the elastic band trick quite handy! It's not a cure or a fix-all though. 
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