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  1. Hi, I'm new as well. I'm currently seeing a counselor because of PTSD and panic attacks. What he taught me was finding a safe place within my mind. Close your eyes and imagine yourself being carried away by clouds. It takes you away from wherever you are to a place of peace. Anywhere. For me, it was on the beach at my hometown. Envision yourself there and pay attention to the details. The smell. The taste. The things around you. The textures. Where you are located. What you're wearing. Are you sitting? Standing? Listen to the sounds. Then realize that you're safe. That you're okay. It takes a while to do this but once you find this safe place and you practice it, you'll be able to connect with it easily. Panic attacks suck. And I'm sorry you're dealing with them. Know that I'm here and I understand. - Z
  2. Hi everyone, I was recently diagnosed with PSTD and Panic Attack Disorder. I'd been experiencing the panic attacks since I was 16 but I never sought help until this year after my health really started to deteriorate and my friends became worried. I'm here because I want to find people who understand and care. I'm Asian, and some might wonder what that has to do with anything but it has to do with everything. Mental health is a topic that Asian families and society just doesn't know anything about or want to know anything about. I'm also Christian and that plays a lot into my frustration with my family. My home doesn't really feel like home anymore because of all of the issues going on and just being home puts me in a constant heightened state. When I was younger, I didn't know what was happening to me when I'd have a panic attack. I just thought I was crying and my parents thought I was crazy. The most recent occurrence happened while I was in the car with my parents. I wanted to open the door and jump out because I couldn't handle being in the car with them anymore. I wanted to get away. While I was having a panic attack, I was trying to explain to my parents how they could help but they didn't seem to understand what I was saying. Eventually, my mom told me to just "calm down" and my dad laughed out of annoyance, saying that I always do this. I began having a full blown panic attack and my parents yelled at me. Eventually, I calmed down a bit but began again when my mom started to play a sermon about anxiety. I hate it when people tell me to pray about it. To pray the anxiety away. As if one prayer could "fix" it. As if I didn't already try that. My mom says she wants to know how to help me but when I tell her, she goes and does something else which triggers my panic attacks instead. Literally choking up as I write all of this. I just want to find people who understand... I'm so tired of not being understood. I'm so tired of being called crazy when I have panic attacks, as if I want this for myself. - Z
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    Hi Denisio, My name is Z. I also suffer from panic attacks and I wanted to drop by and let you know that I'm also new to the community. I hope we can stay in contact. I'd love to hear more from you. Z
  4. Hi Twitch, I'm Z. I'm also new to this community. I'm reaching out because I'm hoping I can make a few friends:) I look forward to hearing more from you. Z
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    Hi everyone, You can call me Z. I'm new to all of this and I'm not even sure if I'm doing this correctly but I wanted to find a place where I didn't feel alone. As I'm writing this, my eyes are actually tearing up and I can feel tension at the back of my throat. How strange. I haven't even interacted with anyone yet but after reading some pieces, I feel like I've found others who just might understand and that makes me very excited. I was recently diagnosed with PSTD and Panic Attack disorder. I've been dealing with attacks since I was 16 but I never sought help for it until this year (I'm 21). I just hope to make some friends who genuinely understand what it's like to live with severe anxiety or the likes and care. I also love hearing people's stories and how they came to be who they are today. Hopefully I'm doing this correctly lol. Z