PANIC ATTACK DURING SLEEP
I hate to burst your bubble here, Ace, but what you've described sounds pretty ordinary and routine in the wonderful world of panic and anxiety. The racing heart, the whole thing (yawn). That's what the disorder is all about: everything becomes more magnified, with jagged edges and strange levels of intensity. You're sure you are going to die. Well, one day you will -but probably not today or tonight. And, if you add recreational drugs into the mix, now you've got some real excitement.
Here's the deal: if you just can't cope, get your butt to the ER. Otherwise, you need the services of a shrink and you need them yesterday, so that's job 1. You can tell your wife that your reaction to the dream has convinced you it is time to call in some professional help. Now, if what you really want to do is find some way to suppress the panic/anxiety thing while you do recreational drugs and otherwise pay no attention to your welfare and that of the people who depend on you, you're walking on thin ice here, because this is a community of people who want to get better with as little need of any drugs of whatever kind as possible. So, you need to decide what you're really after.
One thing that will help is joining this forum, so please, please become a member. Its easy -just click the Join Link -enter some profile information about yourself -even a picture if you care to- and anything you think would help us get to know you faster and better, and you can change this material whenever you like. You will also be accessible to receive private messages when other members click the name you've given yourself -sort of a "push to talk" feature. After you've done that, spend some time just using various features of the forum. For example, to see all the posts or responses that someone has made, just click their handle, go to their profile, click Posts, and read to your heart's content. You may also enter search terms -including member names- in the search box at the upper right of your screen and the system will retrun everything matching the term(s) you entered. This INCLUDES a drug database that will give you both user posts about drugs as well as the medical information about the drug. A great way to get quick answers about therapeutic effect, side effects, interactions, etc.
One of the profile categories is your mood, which you may change anytime you like.
Along the right side of your screen is a section of Recent Activity, which not only alerts you to new posts, but new ANYTHING, including journal entries and mood. This is a way to telegraph the community at large without actually creating a separate post. Thus, if you see a friend's mood has changed while you are working on a response or post, it can alert you to send them a private message to learn more or simply let them know you're thinking of them. Likewise, if you are going to be "out," you could enter something like "off line for the night" as your mood, and people would know you're away from the forum for awhile.
If you do this kind of exploring and experimenting right away, you'll be up-to-speed quickly. If you see the message you are reading now as part of a direct response I (or anyone) has made to one of your posts, it was probably copied and pasted from this journal. I hate form letters and auto-responses as much as anyone -but I also hate forgetting to tell people what they need to know, so this is my safety-net. Consider it as part of your "Welcome" kit. So -please join and try things out.
You might also want to read my entries for the "Right Click Trick" and "When in Haste, Use Copy 'n Paste" for some other convenient time-savers.
Please let us know what you're able to accomplish today -the first few hours are critical.
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