There's something wrong with my head and I don't know what

Posted by jadenr @jadenr, Dec 16, 2022

Yesterday I woke up feeling the worst I've ever felt. I couldn't stop crying for 3 hours, my body hurts, my ears were ringing so loud I couldn't hear, my vision was so blurry I couldn't see, I had exclusively thoughts about how ending it would be easier then this and I couldn't snap out of it. I couldn't stop throwing up, my heart was beating faster then it ever has, and right after I finished throwing up, I guess it was too much for my body to handle and I collapsed, passed out. Does anyone know what this is and if I can stop it? Please. I'm a male 19 year old if that helps

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@jadenr Do you live in the U.S.? If so and if you feel you need to talk to someone you can call 988. That is the National Suicide and Crisis Line. I have talked with people who have called 988 when they were experiencing crises and they felt listened to by the person who answered the phone.

National Suicide and Crisis Line

https://988lifeline.org/current-events/the-lifeline-and-988/

From what you described it sounds like you had a severe anxiety attack. Perhaps a panic attack. If you ever had a panic before? Did something happen recently that you could be reacting to? Sometimes when we are dealing with really difficult situations or trauma our nervous system tells our bodies to react in the ways you've described. I have had panic attacks that felt to come out of nowhere and I know how terrifying these are.

I encourage you to make an appointment with your family doctor to rule out any medical problems that could have contributed to what you've described. Then, if everything medical checks out your doctor can refer you to a therapist – unless you already see a therapist – to help you understand the mind-body connection and help you with coping skills.

How are you feeling tonight?

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@naturegirl5

@jadenr Do you live in the U.S.? If so and if you feel you need to talk to someone you can call 988. That is the National Suicide and Crisis Line. I have talked with people who have called 988 when they were experiencing crises and they felt listened to by the person who answered the phone.

National Suicide and Crisis Line

https://988lifeline.org/current-events/the-lifeline-and-988/

From what you described it sounds like you had a severe anxiety attack. Perhaps a panic attack. If you ever had a panic before? Did something happen recently that you could be reacting to? Sometimes when we are dealing with really difficult situations or trauma our nervous system tells our bodies to react in the ways you've described. I have had panic attacks that felt to come out of nowhere and I know how terrifying these are.

I encourage you to make an appointment with your family doctor to rule out any medical problems that could have contributed to what you've described. Then, if everything medical checks out your doctor can refer you to a therapist – unless you already see a therapist – to help you understand the mind-body connection and help you with coping skills.

How are you feeling tonight?

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I have never had anything like that in my life before, and I don't know what could've panicked me that much, but I don't remember much of what I was thinking at the time. I am better today , but even I can tell I'm not back to my usual. I am also trying to make a appointment with my doctor. And thank you.

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@jadenr

I have never had anything like that in my life before, and I don't know what could've panicked me that much, but I don't remember much of what I was thinking at the time. I am better today , but even I can tell I'm not back to my usual. I am also trying to make a appointment with my doctor. And thank you.

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@jadenr My suggestions of what you were experiencing was just a guess based on what you wrote for your symptoms. Even if what you experienced was a panic attack many times a person doesn't know why they experience it. It's good that you are planning to make an appointment with your doctor. Then you let a medical professional help you figure this out with you.

How are you feeling today?

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He should at a minimum call the 988 number to speak with a trained professional between now and the time he sees in PCP. At his age he needs to be assessed sooner than later.

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@jenatsky

He should at a minimum call the 988 number to speak with a trained professional between now and the time he sees in PCP. At his age he needs to be assessed sooner than later.

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The 988 hotline is based with volunteers that follow a written script that pops up on their computer screen in response to the caller's statements. Depending on the experience/skill of the volunteer, it can be a frustrating call. It can be used as a resource but is not a substitute for a professional face to face. This young man could have been having a reaction to medication or having physical symptoms.

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@irishponies

The 988 hotline is based with volunteers that follow a written script that pops up on their computer screen in response to the caller's statements. Depending on the experience/skill of the volunteer, it can be a frustrating call. It can be used as a resource but is not a substitute for a professional face to face. This young man could have been having a reaction to medication or having physical symptoms.

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What’s your point! I offered an immediate solution as a means for him to get help, whatever it might be. You are correct it could have been something else but if he not doing anything about it you try to nudge him forward.

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Your post makes me send you hugs! Okay, listen – you are HERE and that's BIG!! Putting yourself out there and asking questions. That is great. Please get checked out by a physician. What precipitated this "event"? Are you going through some challenged right now? OR has there been a change to your life – losing a friend, parent or sibling, etc..). What you are describing sounds like a panic attack. A TRUE panic attack. Which turned into physical symptoms. Not saying this is "all in your head"!!! Our brains and bodies can create all sorts of physical symptoms!! Panic attacks are different for for each person, but you have several commons symptoms. During a panic attack your pupils can dilate (because you are in "fight, flight or freeze mode"), which IS scary! The heart racing too…the feeling like you are going to die OR that you want to just end the suffering (through not existing). If you were my son (I have a 20 year old), I would tell him this:
1. Try to identify the source. Food poisoning or anxiety? When this happened what was going on in your life?
2. Anxiety can be controlled! But anxiety can also be elusive and scary. So instead of your mind controlling you, you can control your mind, with practice and patience. Get quiet once a day for a few minutes, and focus on your physical body-feet, hands, toes, etc. There are amazing Youtube videos out there that are great for centering and calming. Check out "Body Scan Meditations". They are the ONLY reason I sleep at night. Or download "Insight Timer" on your phone and search. They have a lot of body scan recordings. What these do is take you from being all in your head, thinking about the past and/or future, to NOW. Thinking about body parts (training your focus) puts you in the NOW.
3. See your physician or therapist, to let them know what happened.
4. Don't get onto yourself.
5. Take your experiences, and learn from them. Be open-minded! Don't judge yourself.
6. Take good care of YOU.
I look forward to your reply, if you want to reply. 🙂

Take care,
Wendy

PS – IF IT WAS A PANIC ATTACK, they don't usually happen in a vacuum. More than likely – if you do nothing – they will only get worse.

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