Tips for Coping with SID, Phobias, and Panic Attacks

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Tips for Coping with SID, Phobias, and Panic Attacks

Postby parnassus » Tue Feb 21, 2006 9:20 am

Many people on this forum have phobias and are prone to panic attacks. In a lot of cases, the attacks are triggered by sensory integrative dysfunction (SID). What are your best strategies for coping?
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Postby eoakley » Tue Feb 21, 2006 1:43 pm

when i experience SID and panic attacks
I will go somewhere quieter this is a range of places such as a a quiet floor, hall way or room whereever you are, the tolilet, outside.

I then manage to calm myself down if these dont work i then bang my head and rock

hope these help i don't know best but thats what i do
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Postby Goldenhamster » Tue Feb 21, 2006 6:04 pm

I have a little quiet corner at school. There is a fuzzy blue chair right at the back of the library which I claim as my own. It is between two bookshelves, almost hidden from view. I am friendly with both the librarians and often chat to them so they know that if they bell rings and they have not seen me I am still in my own little book world at the back of the library. Usually one of them comes to shoo me out.
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Postby parnassus » Tue Feb 21, 2006 7:29 pm

Goldenhamster, you are very like me. :) I used to have a special corner like that too - only mine contained a plump cushion in the shape of a lion.

Emma, headbanging and rocking aren't really logical coping strategies - they are more your body's instinctive reactions. I do these things because I am borderline autistic (my tutor is currently talking about sending me for a second evaluation by a specialist in Asperger Syndrome). Other people with ASDs may react in this way, but they should try to curtail their behaviour in public. Save rocking for a private way of relaxing.

* Wear earplugs when you go outside (note - do NOT wear them if they totally block out the traffic noise).

* Wear a pair of lightly tinted glasses in areas with harsh lighting.

* Girls - a perfumed scarf wrapped round your lower face (cotton in summer) will stop you tasting other people's smoke and going into sensory meltdown.

* Limit yourself to no more than four shops when you are in the town centre. You know what your overload threshhold is; don't push it.

* Try to shop in the early mornings when things will be less busy. Saturday afternoon is the worst possible time.

* Carry a small laminated business card that explains how your panic attacks are triggered, why you have them, and what the sympathetic passer-by must do to help.
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Postby kitty_cute » Tue Feb 21, 2006 8:46 pm

* Try to shop in the early mornings when things will be less busy. Saturday afternoon is the worst possible time.


In my town, its usually busier in the morning than afternoon - I prefer to shop late afternoon because then you can limit yourself, and its not as frustratingly busy. ^_^
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Postby carebear15 » Wed Feb 22, 2006 12:41 pm

I do the same thing , i head bang, and also i rock sometimes, I think rocking calms me down.


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Postby happy_go_lucky » Wed Feb 22, 2006 8:05 pm

i hate certain sounds and theyres one in paticular that pretty much has me curl up into a ball in tears i cant stand it and sometimes the light hurts my eyes but that tends to be moving between extreamly bright and dark i cope by one ignoring it as much as possible two avoiding the things that are going to effect me and three wearing something comforting
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Postby sumer » Wed Feb 22, 2006 8:29 pm

well i dont no if this is logical but i hold my breath when i go by people who are smoking

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Postby carebear15 » Wed Feb 22, 2006 9:14 pm

My name is Jennifer but i am called Jar at church. I love being called Jar. I have a Hard time coping with stuff.
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Postby parnassus » Wed Feb 22, 2006 10:50 pm

I like to wear comforting clothes too, happy_go_lucky. May I suggest that you wear tinted glasses when you go to a place where the lighting is funny? I put on either my sunglasses or my green Irlen lenses when I go in the lecture rooms here because the fluorescent strip lighting can trigger panic attacks. If you often want to cry at school, ask your special needs teacher if she can arrange for you to have a 'quiet room' where you can take time out from lessons or the playground.

well i dont no if this is logical but i hold my breath when i go by people who are smoking


I do that too, sumer. I suggest you put some of your favourite perfume on a scarf and wrap it round your face like a gas mask when you go out. You can use a thick one in winter (these are best) and a light cotton one in summer.
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when i was little

Postby k9ruby » Thu Feb 23, 2006 4:55 pm

When i was little i used to get really stressed and upset (to the point that i would be screaming) if there were any loud or funny noises, but i still cant cope with babies crying or major thunderstorms.
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Postby carebear15 » Thu Feb 23, 2006 5:13 pm

I don't like thunderstorms and certain noises. They hurt my ears. I still need to get ear plugs. I don't know what kind of ear plugs would be best for me. I go into tears and break down crying and so scared. I called my psychriatrist and told her how my body went numb and how i thought i was going to have a panic attack. But that was a start of a panic attack. She said that i just got too anxious. I was so scared. But i think i should be having these problems if i am on this paxil cr. The paxil cr works for 24 hours. She didn't higher the dose or anything, she said to try to take it at night. How am i suppose to do that, when i am on a schedule and that would mess my schedule up. I see my psychriatrist march 21st so i will talk to her again and see what needs to be done. I have problems with sleeping and i told her i do. At night it can be scary.
I had nightmares last night. It was very scary and it was most of what happen to me in my past. I do rock, head bang. Rocking can help me to calm down and I like some stuff that are soothing for me to help me to be calm.
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Postby Thirteen-thirty-seven » Fri Feb 24, 2006 12:57 pm

I don't get anything I would describe as SID (I have problems "tuning out" background noise and there a few textures I loathe -plastic masks are the worst - but I've never had an SID panic attack.)

However, I am afraid of contagious diseases. It hads got worse recently with all the bird flu headlines. Does anyone know how to deal with the problem?
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Postby parnassus » Fri Feb 24, 2006 2:58 pm

That sounds like a phobia, Esther. You can buy a book on coping with phobias (I recommend a book based on the principles of cognitive behavioural therapy) or go to your GP and ask for a referral to a counsellor. One of my friends successfully vanquished a pigeon phobia after just four sessions of counselling.
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Postby kitty_cute » Fri Feb 24, 2006 4:26 pm

Im a bit worried as I keep on looking up diseases and various illnesses on the internet, and my mind thinks I have them when I look at the symptoms.. is that bad? : /
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