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Thu May 7, 2020, 12:46 AM

Had a severe panic attack today

I made a post the other day talking about how I got confronted at work by some customer demanding I take my mask off. He did he closer and that's when I snapped. I told him to fuck off.

Since then I've been rattled about it getting worse. People are getting more and more crazy and I'm at the point where I'm constantly worried about my life now. I went through many anxiety attacks today when I was stocking shelves. I kept looking over my shoulder each time people walked by.

This doesn't play well on my mental health right now. I had to drop my therapist because I could no longer afford it and now I can't talk about it.

I keep thinking about tomorrow and how I know I'm gonna have severe anxiety again. I don't know what to do

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vercetti2021 May 7 OP
Wawannabe May 7 #1
SheltieLover May 7 #2
vercetti2021 May 7 #3
SheltieLover May 7 #6
vercetti2021 May 7 #12
onecaliberal May 7 #4
MontanaMama May 7 #5
vercetti2021 May 7 #11
onecaliberal May 7 #13
MLAA May 7 #7
RandySF May 7 #8
Tumbulu May 7 #9
vercetti2021 May 7 #10
DarthDem May 7 #14
calimary May 7 #15
vercetti2021 May 7 #28
Sloumeau May 7 #16
vercetti2021 May 7 #27
yuiyoshida May 7 #17
vercetti2021 May 7 #26
yuiyoshida May 7 #29
vercetti2021 May 7 #30
Hekate May 7 #18
Rhiannon12866 May 7 #19
vercetti2021 May 7 #25
shenmue May 7 #20
cwydro May 7 #21
vercetti2021 May 7 #24
littlemissmartypants May 7 #22
vercetti2021 May 7 #23

Response to vercetti2021 (Original post)

Thu May 7, 2020, 12:49 AM

1. ...

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Response to SheltieLover (Reply #2)

Thu May 7, 2020, 12:55 AM

3. No

I shouldn't even be stocking shelves. My main job was to load trucks in the warehouse. But so many people are out due to the virus they are shorthanded.

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Response to vercetti2021 (Reply #3)

Thu May 7, 2020, 01:10 AM

6. Gawd...

Sending calming vibes your way.

Try deep breathwork. It really helps!

Did you look at the free Yale course?

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Response to SheltieLover (Reply #6)

Thu May 7, 2020, 01:27 AM

12. I'm checking it out

Thank you

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Response to vercetti2021 (Original post)

Thu May 7, 2020, 12:58 AM

4. I'm sorry.

I canít imagine how scared you must be. I have a lot of anxiety and I get to work from home right now. We are so grateful for you and the work youíre doing. I wish every good thing in the world for you.

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Response to onecaliberal (Reply #4)

Thu May 7, 2020, 01:07 AM

5. +1. Beautifully said onecaliberal.

I will only add a hug for you vercetti2021...these are such hard days. I find myself closing my eyes and breathing deeply multiple times a day to get through the toughest moments. Keep wearing your mask...screw the naysayers.

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Response to onecaliberal (Reply #4)

Thu May 7, 2020, 01:26 AM

11. I just don't want to be hurt

Fearing for my life because of the virus is one thing. But I fear for my life for protecting myself now because one person is having a bad day and takes it out in a mask wearing individual

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Response to vercetti2021 (Reply #11)

Thu May 7, 2020, 01:30 AM

13. Just try to concentrate in why you're there. Have you talked to your employer about this?

You have to wear the mask. Itís your only protection.

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Response to vercetti2021 (Original post)

Thu May 7, 2020, 01:10 AM

7. Sending you peace and love

Thank you 💕

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Response to vercetti2021 (Original post)

Thu May 7, 2020, 01:16 AM

8. I'm sorry to hear this.

Does your employer back you up?

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Response to RandySF (Reply #8)

Thu May 7, 2020, 01:18 AM

9. That was my thought, can your employer

Help manage the rude customers?

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Response to RandySF (Reply #8)

Thu May 7, 2020, 01:25 AM

10. Store manager did

Doesn't say much for the other stores though. I can get barred from the store If i get into an altercation. My employer can fire me even I defend myself. It just solely depends on them

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Response to vercetti2021 (Original post)

Thu May 7, 2020, 01:35 AM

14. I'm So Sorry to Hear This


Try to focus on getting through 10 minutes at a time. See if that helps. Work on your breathing. And when you get home, don't think about the situation any further. Negative thoughts aren't real and don't help you. Stay strong!! You can DO this!!

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Response to vercetti2021 (Original post)

Thu May 7, 2020, 02:24 AM

15. I'm so sorry you're going through this, vercetti2021 - especially now!

Do you think it might help to write about it here?

Maybe share your unease here on DU, where others among us can read and offer comfort, support, and maybe advice? At least some empathy and understanding, maybe?

There are some very wise people here. Personally, the perspective I get from reading around here is always so valuable. And you can put your thoughts into words at any time of day or night. Remember what our own Skittles once said - "someone's always here." I swear, just that simple three-word message, all by itself, has really buoyed me up during funky times.

Don't struggle with this alone.

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Response to calimary (Reply #15)

Thu May 7, 2020, 09:00 PM

28. That's why I've been writing more

Well I mean on here. I write stories. I don't know I like talking to people it helps me calm down

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Response to vercetti2021 (Original post)

Thu May 7, 2020, 02:35 AM

16. A while back I had to deal with panic attacks and anxiety.

The most important thing that I did to stop it from happening was learning how to control my blood sugar. You see, when your blood sugar drops, your body often dumps chemicals into your bloodstream like cortisol or adrenalin, which can actually ramp up your level of anxiety. Please make sure that you are eating at least three balanced meals a day (balanced with roughly equal amounts of protein, carbohydrates, and fat). If at all possible, this is not the time to be on a diet. If you can, keep a backpack with you at all times with bottled water and something to eat that like protein bars or granola bars. Often, intense stress can make us feel like not eating, but often that is exactly when you should eat. Practice eating in a slow relaxed manner, drinking plenty of water, and thoroughly chewing your food. Focusing on your chewing can distract you from whatever you might be stressing about. I found that the better I got at eating slowly, the more relaxed I became overall.

Once you have your eating habits down, relaxation breathing exercises can help, along with gentle walks and making sure that you get plenty of rest. Overall, focusing on your own personal heallth can help you be more relaxed and distract you from other worries in your life. Good luck.

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Response to Sloumeau (Reply #16)

Thu May 7, 2020, 08:59 PM

27. Mine isn't blood sugar base though

I have really bad depression problems I have since I was 17

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Response to vercetti2021 (Original post)

Thu May 7, 2020, 03:02 AM

17. May I suggest Cannabis?

If you are in legal state... it helps... If you don't smoke there are some Jellies..or you can try edibles..Like this:



Deep dark chocolate, infused with Raspberry flavor and cannabis oil. Stuff is yummy and is packed with THC.

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Response to yuiyoshida (Reply #17)

Thu May 7, 2020, 08:59 PM

26. Texas

I mean I still get it through other ways. But I haven't been able to afford a gram for a month now.

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Response to vercetti2021 (Reply #26)

Thu May 7, 2020, 10:08 PM

29. understandable ...

Maybe we need to start a new program called "Send a joint to someone who needs it!" heh.

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Response to yuiyoshida (Reply #29)

Thu May 7, 2020, 11:57 PM

30. I wish

I'm not far from Colorado about 3 hours drive to Springs. But not worth the long trip just for cheaper weed. I have a friend that deals and I normally get it from them.

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Response to vercetti2021 (Original post)

Thu May 7, 2020, 03:38 AM

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Response to vercetti2021 (Original post)

Thu May 7, 2020, 05:03 AM

19. I have a suggestion for the panic attacks, but not for the anxiety, it's warranted

When I was in my 20s, I sometimes had bad panic attacks. I was told to breathe into a small paper bag and that really did help, I carried one with me for years. But about the anxiety, I agree with the others that you should speak to your boss. No one should be faced with abuse on the job and you can't be the only one - if there are others, you should speak to management together. Hang in there! I'm in New York and anyone I see working anywhere these days (only groceries and gas stations are open) is wearing a mask and usually gloves.

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Reply #19)

Thu May 7, 2020, 08:58 PM

25. I rather put a paper bag over my head

That way nobody can see me have a mask on either

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Response to vercetti2021 (Original post)

Thu May 7, 2020, 05:25 AM

20. Hug

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Response to vercetti2021 (Original post)

Thu May 7, 2020, 12:22 PM

21. I don't even like setting foot in a store for a quick run through.

I canít imagine having to work in one.

Hang in there and ignore the Covidiots who donít believe in wearing masks.

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Response to cwydro (Reply #21)

Thu May 7, 2020, 08:57 PM

24. Trying

Just trying to survive the idiots

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Response to vercetti2021 (Original post)

Thu May 7, 2020, 02:58 PM

22. Hi!

I hope you are having a better day. I posted an article about anxiety that I found helpful. I hope you do too. Stay encouraged. ❤ lmsp

https://www.democraticunderground.com/115110360

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Reply #22)

Thu May 7, 2020, 08:56 PM

23. It was okay

Kept looking over my shoulder each second

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