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    Re: Anyone purposely induce a panic attack?

    Quote Originally Posted by ankietyjoe View Post
    Another thing I used to suffer with constantly was night panic, where I would wake up (always around 3-4am) with instant panic. At first I would pace up and down swearing out loud saying things like 'I can't take this' etc etc. Eventually I learned to calmly sit up and allow myself to experience the heart rate (always over 150bpm) and I would deliberately take certain actions like going for a pee, getting myself a glass of water etc. All the time accepting what was happening. This ultimately turned a 20-30 minute experience into a 2-3 minute experience, and now I don't have them at all any more.
    That used to happen to me Joe. The nocturnal panic attacks are horrifying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PanickyGuy View Post
    Hmmm, interesting. I've never had a full blown panic attack from consuming a lot of caffeine. Usually with me it just causes general anxiety with mild sweaty palms, my heart rate is somewhat high of course, usually somewhere between 90 to 120, but the release of adrenaline is gradual for it to get to that point.

    On the other hand, whenever I've had a full blown panic attacks and it hits, at first I get tingling sensations in the chest, a little bit in the arms and most of the time in my left leg down to my toes (Lol, have no freaking idea why only the left leg). And then...BAM! It hits me, as if the floor just fell out from underneath me, or my blood pressure just dropped, false feeling of about to faint, etc, which is the adrenaline surge I talk about. And you know, to put it in another way to similar experiences, it's like when somebody just jumped out of the bushes and scared the shit out of you or a loud unsuspecting noise happens from behind you. And in the moment when this happens, my heart rate goes from something like 70 up to 140 or a 150 or a 160 beats in a instant, they're palpitations of course, and in that instant when it's doing that, I can't catch my breath in that moment until it levels out a split second later to those high numbers. Sometimes my blood pressure might be too high as well, but not always. Of course the heart rate, always.

    And so that's the experience I get from the adrenaline surge, and I was wondering if what I just described to you above happens exactly the same way when you say you consume caffeine to get your panic attacks started? As I said, like BAM! Holy "F" ing hell, somebody just opened the adrenaline flood gates! You know what I'm saying?
    Yeah I know exactly what you're saying That's the panic attacks I get. The drinks will cause me to feel edgey and sketchy. Then I'll start sweating, the heart rate will increase and then it will suddenly feel like I can't move. I'm scared stiff and lack energy at this point. It does feel like a BP drop yes. When the floodgates open the rush is uncontrollable and that's when I know I'm in the thick of it.

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    Re: Anyone purposely induce a panic attack?

    Quote Originally Posted by WiredIncorrectly View Post
    Yeah I know exactly what you're saying That's the panic attacks I get. The drinks will cause me to feel edgey and sketchy. Then I'll start sweating, the heart rate will increase and then it will suddenly feel like I can't move. I'm scared stiff and lack energy at this point. It does feel like a BP drop yes. When the floodgates open the rush is uncontrollable and that's when I know I'm in the thick of it.
    Well thanks for clarifying a little a more, WiredIncorrectly. It's fascinating you are able to do it with just caffeine. Here's wishing you success on your unusual method.
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    Re: Anyone purposely induce a panic attack?

    Anyone with anxiety can do it with caffeine and sugar. You just have to drink enough. Once your sugar levels crash that's when things start happening. I don't condone it though to be honest. It's all well and good when you're feeling well enough to induce and ride them, but when you're dealing with constant panic (like today) it sucks :(

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