Panic attacks on bus

Postby Kanisplash » Tue Apr 24, 2018 7:36 am

I have to get on the bus to school everyday, and on the way walking up to the bus stop I have panic attacks. I find on the bus but I can’t walk up the hill without panicking. Please help
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Postby DrPsychFeels » Sat Apr 28, 2018 2:44 pm

The first thing to understand is panic attacks are not life threatening, though they feel that way. They seem much worse than they are. Keep breathing normally and know it's going to pass.

Then ask yourself what could be the cause of the attack. Are there any threats (real or perceived) you're avoiding? They may not be because of the bus stop. It's important to talk with someone about is if nothing else than for the purpose of getting you to think about the attacks and so process the anxiety behind them.

Simply talking about these things with someone can do a lot.
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Postby Drew Johnson » Sat Apr 28, 2018 8:20 pm

Hi,

You are not alone. I struggle with panic attacks when I enter a room full of people. What has helped me was working on my thoughts. I know it's easier said than done but practice makes perfect. We need to reset our minds. You will slowly begin to notice that overtime you have gotten better. You will get better and feel better. Work on deep breathing and speak healthy words to yourself. This really helps me. Fear is only in the mind. Sometimes we just have to do it and not think twice. I know you will get better with this.
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Postby Cooler » Wed May 09, 2018 8:08 pm

Hi Kanisplash,

Yes, it is very common for anxiety sufferers to have attacks on public transport. It has happened to me.

Good advice from others on this thread. Hope it eases for you.

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Postby sundaynightstress » Mon May 21, 2018 2:43 am

Did something traumatic happen to you on the bus? When I was younger, there were certainly unpleasant incidents when I rode the bus to school. Overall, the bus rides were enjoyable and it was an opportunity to be with friends or make new ones.

If I agree with the advice posted above. Focus on your breathing, and then focus on relaxing your body once seated. Start from your head, and work your way down-- head, face, shoulders neck, chest, stomach legs, etc. Stick with it, and you will get through these attacks.
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