Friday, July 14, 2006

Panic Attacks

I found this on another website when I googled depression. Just some FYI.

"Panic disorder often coexists with other disorders, especially depression and substance abuse. About 30% of people with panic disorder abuse alcohol and 17% abuse drugs, such as cocaine and marijuana. Resorting to drugs is an unsuccessful attempt to reduce the distress caused by their condition.

The exact causes of panic disorder are unknown, but heredity and stressful life events are likely to play an important role."

I know I've had panic attacks before ... mine were caused by "restrictive clothing" combined with a seatbelt...most of the time in a car, a couple times on a plane. Ric understands in the car when I start stripping, but other people really don't LOL. Usually if I can get my mind off the "feeling" I can calm back down ... I usually need somebody to just talk to me and try to focus my mind on something else. If you (you know who I'm talking to now) needs help, just call. I'll talk to you or drive over to be with you. Whatever I can do to help, I want to!

I'm feeling funky again tonite. I have to get out and do something. I tried Ric's cell and he didn't answer. The downpour has stopped, but it is SO muggy out. I don't want to try a bike ride, I'll probably be gasping for breath by the first hill.
Maybe I'll just drive to Mancelona and visit the DQ! That sound good ... more later

3 comments:

Ric said...

I don't think mine are linked to drug or alcohol abuse since I've had them I was three or four years old. Given the family history, heredity seems to be the best answer. It certainly can't be stress. No way. What on earth is there to stress about?

Ric said...

Uh, that should be "since I've had them from when I was three or four"

I should know better than to post this early on Saturday....

Debbie said...

Mine aren't linked to drug or alcohol either. I'm not sure about any other family having panic attacks, so I can't even say if mine are heredity.

Alcohol may calm the panic attack down, but probably won't stop them. And if someone keeps on trying to self medicate with alcohol it might become "abuse" -- same with drugs.