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Re: Train Journeys

Postby Mind on Wed Oct 14, 2015 10:58 am

The sort of experiences you are describing are quite common - it's often difficult to cope when you are in crowded situations and forced to stand closer than is comfortable to other people. This may not be a full panic attack in which the symptoms are usually more extreme. Mind has an information page on anxiety and panic attacks which you might find useful http://www.mind.org.uk/information-supp ... h4lcm5HOy0 It includes tips on how to manage those feelings. The practical thing you can do in that situation is to make sure you have cold water with you, and if you start to feel faint, and it's practicable to do so, pour some water on your wrists, or at least hold the cold surface against you wrists - your blood is very close to the surface in your wrists and it's a good way of cooling yourself down. It's also quite grounding.

You mention that you are worried about work, and you might also find this page helpful - about mental health at work, and looking after yourself there. http://www.mind.org.uk/information-supp ... h4l8G5HOy0

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Re: Train Journeys

Postby Dr Helen Webberley on Wed Oct 14, 2015 2:52 pm

Hi there, I'm not sure what you mean when you say this is related to your work. These do sound like panic attacks, and they are your brains way of saying that something is unsettling you on the inside. You must always listen to your body and try and work out what this might be. If work is upsetting you inside then you must address it before it gets worse and even turns into anxiety or depression. None of us like being squashed up into crowded spaces, but when your body starts reacting in a physical way, then you must listen to your body. Your GP must hold anything you tell them confidentially, so you should feel able to talk to them about anything in confidence. Dr Webberley
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Re: Train Journeys

Postby Karina Lovell on Fri Oct 16, 2015 9:18 am

Hello and thank you for your message - yes this sound like a high level of anxiety when you are on a train - the most important thing is not to try to avoid getting on trains - as others have said it would be helpful to use some self help management techniques to help you when you do feel like this - there are some very good ones available on the internet - but use some of the charities as they give excellent and correct information - Anxiety UK has good resources - I would also ask you GP for a referral to a psychological therapy.

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