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Why do I always get panic attacks when i'm on the bus going to school?

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Last Updated: 04/17/2018 at 6:26pm
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May 27th, 2015 6:36pm
Psychologically speaking, what's happened here is "Classic Conditioning". It sounds like school is causing you anxiety, and you've learnt the bus is taking to you school. You've paired the bus with the feeling of going to school and hence forth creates a panic attack. I'd recommend trying to to sit by open some windows on the bus and get some fresh air, and focus on your breathing, and know a panic attack is just the body heightening its senses, and it's nothing to fear :}
May 30th, 2016 3:00am
I had panic attacks in the school bus because of self doubts and anxiety. What got me through it was the self respect i learned to have for myself.
June 13th, 2016 9:20pm
Social anxiety is quite common, perhaps you are feeling this way because its like being trapped on a bus, with no escape and there are lots of eyes on you, also are you anxious about school its self? Is there someone that is bullying you?
February 15th, 2015 11:58pm
There might be something triggering them for you on there, maybe it's the anticipation of going to school if that stresses you out, or maybe it's certain people that are on the bus that are doing it. Hopefully you can find the source of the problem so that it'll be easier to find a solution for it.
May 16th, 2015 7:48pm
Maybe the air is to hot, or you are claustrophobic and you dont like tight enclosed spaces. Or you dont like social interactions and you get overwhelmed and have anxiety.
May 23rd, 2015 6:42pm
School is a big, busy place with people you don't know personally. It can be quite intimidating. I experience this as well.
May 30th, 2015 2:13am
There is something that triggers your anxiety that causes you nervousness and the urge to take control. In order to solve the problem, you must identify what the problem is and address it.
June 11th, 2015 7:53pm
This could be due to a trigger related to school stress, the people around you, or simply being on the bus. Try keeping a journal of your panic attacks to see if there are any patterns that arise. This may help you identify the trigger and help manage and reduce the panic attacks.
December 28th, 2015 11:55am
Maybe it's because you're afraid to be judged, and because you're in a public place where you not always can be yourself. You just have to learn to not care about what others think about you
January 19th, 2016 12:50am
It could be a sign of social anxiety and/or having a fear of large crowds. For your best interest I suggest finding a more comfortable way to get to school.
May 9th, 2016 5:15pm
You having anxiety, it could be that you are nervous about how the day should go. Just take deep breaths, and think positively. Anxiety will not get the best of you!
May 30th, 2016 6:16pm
It is possible that you are anxious for many reasons. You might be anxious about school, the actual bus itself, it could be the people around you or you might just be stressed in the morning if you are having sleeping problems. I'd try to look at all the possibilities and try to get help for them.
March 12th, 2018 4:45pm
You may get panic attacks when you're on the bus because you're afraid what others may do when riding to the destination or even what others may think of about you.
April 17th, 2018 6:26pm
It may be because you find social situations on a bus nerve wracking. Maybe try and put comforters in place to make the journey less scary. there could be a repressed memory that causes this anxiety, maybe a therapist can help to provide a more detailed answer?