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Panic Attack? - September 1st 2011, 09:16 AM

I was out at the cinema last night with my boyfriend and his dad, going to see the new Inbetweeners movie. I double checked the age rating on the internet before going because my mum thought it was an 18 and I'm only 15, but it was rated 15. So I wasn't worried, I mean I thought I looked my age. So we get to the cinema and it's packed because it's Orange Wednesday or something. I can feel myself getting more and more anxious because I wasn't expecting that many people and we have to cue for ages to get to the cinema. We already had tickets because we'd bought them online. Every time someone brushed against me my breathing would increase, but I managed to keep calm by putting headphones in, staying close to my boyfriend and closing my eyes.

When we got to the front of the cue we get told we look under fifteen. Neither of us have any form of ID at the moment because we've finished school but aren't eligible for any sixth form or student ID until September. They said next time bring your passport but I don't even have an up to date passport.

Anyway, I have something with my name and date of birth on it, but it's not good enough because it doesn't have a photo. All this time my breathing has been increasing and I feel dizzy and I can feel my heart rate speeding up. We're holding up a cue of a couple of hundred people.

I tell my boyfriend that I need to sit down. I can hardly get the words out and I'm hyperventilating. The room feels to crowded and too dark. He sits me on one of those motorbikes for the arcade games and proceeds to carry on arguing with the guy. I'm feeling really dizzy and I can't think straight, my ears are ringing and I burst into tears, but only for two seconds, then the tears stop. After about a minute or so I stand up because I don't like being on my own in the corner, and I stand behind my boyfriend saying that I want to go home. I feel really ill and I'm trembling.

In the end we get a refund and leave the cinema but I honestly feel terrified whenever I think about that place and can't imagine happily going there again.

This only lasted five or ten minutes, peaked in the middle. Do you think it was a panic attack? I've had high levels of anxiety before but never anything like this. And also, do you think it will happen to me again? Because I really don't want it to.

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Re: Panic Attack? - September 1st 2011, 10:03 AM

It does sound like a panic attack, I have panic attacks and that does sound rather similar to what happens to me when I have a panic attack. Like you I avoid the places that make me panic. Usually crowded places. I don't whether or not it will happen to you again. I have them quite abit, but you may have just had one and may never get another one. If they continue its probably best to see your Dr.

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Re: Panic Attack? - September 4th 2011, 04:17 PM

Oh; I'm sorry it does sound like a panic attack. While I can't tell you whether or not it will happen again, I do know that they're scary and if you worry too much about having another one, it might induce it. In the future if you ever feel one coming on, just calm down and put yourself in a happy place. Breathe and forget about everything that's happening in your life at the moment, alright? I know they can be scary, but you can get past them

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