Why is this happening to ME? That's a question I always have whenever I begin to feel anxious and start to feel a panic attack forming inside of me. Why ME?

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Anonymous
March 31st, 2015 5:06am
Panic attacks happen to all of us. The fact that you have panic attacks doesn't change who you are as a person
LauFromSheIsAPerson
March 31st, 2015 3:27pm
Sometimes bad things happen to ordinary people. We cannot control what happens to us, but we can control the way we react and deal with it.
LilyFlowers
April 21st, 2015 7:43am
What do you mean why you? It's your body, it's not some scary monster attacking you. Panic and anxiety has everything to do with how unsafe you feel inside. If you want to stop having these attacks, working on your foundation of feeling unsafe is a start. Cursing the symptoms and acting like you are plagued isn't going to tell you. Realizing that they are telling you something about your own self is the only way to move forward.
Anonymous
May 26th, 2015 3:13am
"Why me?" is often a question I have in mind mind BEFORE a panic attack! So, when I here this question in my mind, I know it's time to do something different!
butterflykisses27
July 11th, 2015 8:26pm
Your not alone. Many people experience panic attacks. Some do not even no they are having them. As in they can mistaken it for an illness or even a heart attack. Your not alone in this. Always remember that.
cheerfulJoy79
July 13th, 2015 6:19pm
It's okay, take deep breathes in through your nose and out through your mouth. You will be okay it will pass
walkerhelps
July 14th, 2015 1:46am
First you must realize you are not alone, and that most people experience some kind of overwhelming long-term anxiety in physical form at some period in their lives. Anxiety and panic attacks can be due to an almost unlimited number of outside factors in your life, and it's not your fault. It's just your nervous system's way of reacting to these stresses. Maybe they're stresses you've dealt with all your life, or maybe they are new problems. But either way, a panic attack can't actually hurt you - the anxiety itself stems from fear, and can be made worse by the irrational fear of death caused by a panic attack. Stay strong and positive and know that with time you will feel in control and the anxiety will be gone.
Anonymous
August 3rd, 2015 2:31am
''Why me?' is one of the most common questions asked and coincidentally one of the hardest to answer. I think everyone must experience a why me point in their life, so really the question is invalid. Because it is not just you, but everyone. Even if we experience a different "why me?" moment it's all the same moment, all the same thought.
Teikeji
September 21st, 2015 9:32am
I use to think about it this way and constantly had that thought wedged in my brain, but then I met people who also had problems and I realized that normal is boring. Everything in life shapes us to be who we are šŸ˜
Gar
January 26th, 2016 11:23am
This question is formed on the basis of comparing yourself to other people. More often than not, mental illness is connected to a stigma, a belief that you are a lower person compared to others. The truth is there is no comparison between yourself and others. Bad things can happen to people regardless of merit, lifestyle, genetics or statistics, and mental issues are part of this. Who you are as an individual is reflected by others, but ultimately you can assume control over it by deciding that your problems, issues, life experiences, are all part of yourself, and while they may be seen as flaws by some, you can decide to ignore that vision and embrace your own.
MaddyCoo
May 24th, 2016 2:03am
Well, to start of, you are not alone. Many others experience anxiety and panic attacks, and I was diagnosed with Panic Disorder. I get the same thoughts, but then I try to think a little deeper and I think about the friends that also have panic attacks and a ton of anxiety, and it makes me feel less alone, safer. It makes me feel safer because if they can make it through the anxiousness, I can too. So my recommendation would be to try and remind yourself that you are not alone, and even though it stinks, you can get through it.
Dawn04
May 1st, 2018 8:07pm
It's a natural part of having a panic attack. Just try to focus on the fact panic attacks happen to thousands of people and they all feel the same way and that each attack will be over shortly.
Anonymous
November 13th, 2018 3:15pm
Mental health doesn't discriminate against anyone. It can affect everyone no matter their personality traits or age etc. There's nothing specifically about you that dictates whether you experience a panic attack compared to the next person.