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Will I ever be able to go to the grocery store without a panic attack occurring?

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Last Updated: 04/24/2018 at 11:28am
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Lisa Meighan, BSc Psychology (Honours)


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April 29th, 2015 9:18pm
I cant imagine how difficult that must be. Do you only have the panic attacks when you are in a crowd at the store? if so, is there a store near you opened for 24 hours? maybe you could go late or really early before a crowd is there and slowly work up to going when the store if full of people. Best Wishes!
February 15th, 2016 12:02am
No cuz your fucking crazy. And this site will never help you. Be yourself. That's all that matters. Turn on, freak out, get beaten
February 17th, 2016 4:46pm
Yes I have had the same issue, (am still a bit) Because the grocery store is where my first attack happened I avoided going there for a few months but the other day I faced it I went in and immediately started to have an attack but instead of leaving I thought about the things I needed to buy and told my self I will get one thing at a time, if at any time it became too much I would leave the other items and pay for what was in my basket after the 4th or 5th item my attack had passed and I done my whole shop and left feeling not only ok but so proud that it had not stopped me. Just recognise the attack, breath and distract. once your brain recognises the is no "real" danger you will be able to do this more easily.
August 17th, 2015 4:00pm
Yes. Yes, you will. Someday you'll go to a grocery store and everything will be fine. I promise, it's gonna happen and it's gonna feel so good. Recovery is really hard. Anxiety is really hard to resolve. But if you keep working hard on it (it's not gonna be easy. It's never easy. But it's more than worth it) it will happen someday. Yes. I promise.
April 14th, 2015 4:06am
Yes, It is very much possible.You learn from each panic attack. Learn to control it better each time
June 16th, 2015 5:19am
there's a possible one day, but it's more likely that you'll have an attack. But it's okay sometimes love dont worry. :)
December 3rd, 2015 2:33am
It depends on why your panic attack happens in the first place, and always remember if you ever get the attack try giving your self some space from the crowd and from the thing that caused it and give yourself some time to recuperate.
August 1st, 2016 12:32pm
Absolutely! I personally struggled with panic disorder for many years before utilizing various methods to learn to control this fear before having to be in public!
April 24th, 2018 11:28am
Yes, you will. If you want to make a change, I believe you can. With determination and willingness to make a change in your life, you can reach your goals.