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I Think I Might Be Having Panic Attacks?

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There’s times when I’ll just be laying down and everything will be okay. And then I’ll just start feeling lightheaded; like I’m not breathing. And that causes me to start panicking and it gets worse as it goes on. I start panicking because I’ll start thinking that I’m dying. And death is a huge fear for me. And I’ll start thinking I HAVE to tell myself when to breathe, how to breathe… It’s scary.

It happened the night before last and I told my mom when it happened, but she basically said I was just overreacting. She told me to calm down.
I want to know why this happens. It hasn’t happened in a while. Maybe a month? But when it does, it takes so long to calm down and I’m scared I’ll pass out next time. It gets worse every time it happens.

I Think I Might Be Having Panic Attacks?

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Thank you for writing us. Panic attacks can be very scary and they often come about during times of transition, endings and losses of some kind. While very uncomfortable, knowing that a panic attack is about the anxiety coming from the stress of these types of changes can be very helpful. Here are some tips on what to do if it happens again.

Wishing you patience and peace,
Dr. Dan
Proof Positive Blog @ PsychCentral

I Think I Might Be Having Panic Attacks?

Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP

Dan Tomasulo Ph.D., TEP, MFA, MAPP teaches Positive Psychology in the graduate program of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Teachers College and works with Martin Seligman, the Father of Positive Psychology in the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Director of the New York Certification in Positive Psychology for the Open Center in New York City and on faculty at New Jersey City University. Sharecare has honored him as one of the top 10 online influencers on the topic of depression. For more information go to: He also writes for Psych Central's Ask the Therapist column and the Proof Positive blog.

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Tomasulo, D. (2018). I Think I Might Be Having Panic Attacks?. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 20, 2019, from
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