I'm sorry to hear that you went through this so much! Good that it's over now though.
Originally Posted by ombat
Many people associate panic attacks only with hyperventilation, but that's not how I get affected. I do have difficulty breathing, but my dominant symptoms are that my heart starts pounding violently, I start shaking, get cold sweats, and I feel dissociated from reality. Everything becomes surreal: the world turns into a dream with nightmarish qualities. Then there's the feeling of rising panic: not that I'm going to die, but that something terrible is going to happen.
Usually I cope by lying on my bed until it passes. When it's less severe I will binge and that alleviates a lot of the stress. Yesterday I ran like a mad woman. It's pretty funny when I think about it now
I had to laugh when I read this: I guess people skim over each others entries
What do you think is the underlying cause?
Stress hormone spike.
Originally Posted by brooke.S.
Yeah, weirdly I am very gregarious and light-hearted, and most people who meet me have no idea of how dark I can be. I like people, but the problem is that I'm on such a different wave length to most of the ones in my life. When I'm around people I can communicate with, I'm super socialable, but when connections and conversations are too superficial, I shut down, or just avoid interacting.
Ha - that's a good approach I realised that people were more afraid of me than I was of them! It's quite liberating. Just sometimes I get a blast of agoraphobia, and it all comes back, but it's now only towards men who serve me in shops... Weird, I know.
Originally Posted by Graycat
I'm sorry that you've gone through this too! Caffeine definitely doesn't help me though: a few times I had an attack after drinking a strong coffee.
Originally Posted by Derpamix
I think since tailoring my diet more towards Ray Peat, I've become more conscious of how I'm feeling, so it becomes easier to dissociate, or find some way to feel better instead of slipping into subconscious behaviours.
Last edited by YogaBare; 07-19-2013 at 06:03 AM.
"I think the basic anti-aging diet is also the best diet for prevention and treatment of diabetes, scleroderma, and the various "connective tissue diseases." This would emphasize high protein, low unsaturated fats, low iron, and high antioxidant consumption, with a moderate or low starch consumption.
In practice, this means that a major part of the diet should be milk, cheese, eggs, shellfish, fruits and coconut oil, with vitamin E and salt as the safest supplements."
- Ray Peat