Guitar Lessons: I Think I Just Had A Panic Attack? — The videos in this lesson are taken from an Ebook titled “Progressive Beginner Guitar” by The fully enhanced ebook comes with: 1 – FULL Exercise notes & additional information 2 – Expandable built-in scores, tabs and notation for exercises 3 – Built-in audio backing and play-along tracks 4 – Built-in video exercises and demonstrations ———————————— LESSON 10 CONTENTS ———————————— These are the topics which are covered in the lesson above: Ex 55-1: Scarborough Fair (Song Lesson) – Picking (Lead) Exercise Ex 55-2: Scarborough Fair (Song Lesson) – Strumming (Rhythm) Exercise Ex 56-1: Greensleeves (Song Lesson) – Picking (Lead) Exercise Ex 56-2: Greensleeves (Song Lesson) – Strumming (Rhythm) Exercise Ex 57-1: El Condor Pasa (Song Lesson) – Picking (Lead) Exercise Ex 57-2: El Condor Pasa (Song Lesson) – Strumming (Rhythm) Exercise Ex 58-1: House of the Rising Sun (Song Lesson) – Picking (Lead) Exercise Ex 58-2: House of the Rising Sun (Song Lesson) – Strumming (Rhythm) Exercise Ex 59-1: When Johnny Comes Marching Home (Song Lesson) – Picking (Lead) Exercise Ex 59-2: When Johnny Comes Marching Home (Song Lesson) – Strumming (Rhythm) Exercise ——————————————————————– ALL BEGINNER GUITAR LESSONS 1 to 11 ——————————————————————– Lesson 1: Lesson 2: Lesson 3: Lesson 4: Lesson 5:

I’m a girl and I’m 14 years old. I was just messing about on my brothers xbox, completely chilled out, and then my heart started beating really hard and fast. I think it’s called palpitations? I had to stop what I was doing because I felt really weak, like I was going to faint. I was so scared. I tried breathing really slow but my heart just beat faster. I actually thought I was having a heart attack so I walked slowly upstairs to find my brother. I felt really hot and I was absolutely covered in sweat, I was convinced I was going to die. I couldn’t find my brother so I went back downstairs, grabbed a glass of water and sat down. Once I’d got my breathing sorted and calmed myself down my heart went back to normal. But then I went from being really hot to being freezing cold, it was so strange. So I went on the computer, trying to work out what had just happened, checked all my symptoms and it looked like I had a panic attack. But I don’t know. I don’t remember this happening before. The heart palpitations lasted for about a minute. But it took a while to get calm and back to normal. Even now I’m still shaking, I was so frightened. I don’t know what brought it on.

I suppose it would make sense though, I’m under more than a fair bit of strain. I have so much work at school and I do so many extra-curricular things I don’t usually get much down time. I get up at 7, leave at 8.30, I usually have a club or a choir or something on at both lunch and break, school finishes at 3, then every single afternoon I have something on at after school (eg Monday – choir, Tuesday – Art Club, Wednesday – Revision session, Thursday – Drama Club, Friday – Rehearsals) So these optional after school sessions finish at 5. I get home at half 5, have dinner. Then homework/coursework/learning lines/rehearsing/revising takes up my evenings. And some evenings I have other stuff on as well (eg Wednesday – Maths Tutor, Thursday – Piano Lesson etc). I usually start getting ready for bed at around 9.30, I’m nearly always in bed by 10, and try to be asleep by 11. So I have a pretty packed schedule, especially compared to all my friends who don’t do anything apart from go to school and maybe have the odd guitar lesson or go swimming or something like that. I’m really involved with my school’s drama department and I’m usually in about 6 shows/musicals/plays in one term, most of which involve more than one performance. On top of that I’m in 5 different choirs, a band, a jazz orchestra, a gamelan orchestra, and about 3 other clubs/groups… which I suppose is excessive, but all the things I do I love, and I don’t want to have to quit anything. But if it’s getting to the point where it’s affecting my health, then I suppose I’ll have to.

I do my best to keep my school grades up but it’s difficult when I’m so busy. I get so stressed, and I don’t know how to deal with it. Maybe that’s the cause of the panic attack, or maybe it wasn’t a panic attack at all. I don’t know whether to talk to my parents about it all. And whether I should cut back on all the extra-curricular stuff. Any ideas about what I can do?


  1. Sazz says:

    Yep, I think you should talk to parents, and if it really is bothering you, go see a doctor. They will be able to give you more information, and maybe you can find the cause. If it happens again, I would cut back on some of the activivties for a while, just in case the stress is getting too much for you or something.

  2. jose g rodriguez says:

    haii mami u might have high blood presure or high sugar that casues it im 14 and have a ton of work but sometimes i cant catch mhe breath like mhe heart slows
    but tew much junk food can cause that

  3. collins m says:

    Ok I think you need to lessen some of your activities for your health! Im sure if you talked to your parents about what happened they will understand. If not you need to go to your school counselor. Anxiety attacks can be scary I have had them before. Practice deep and slow breathing in through your nose count to 5 slowly then out through your mouth count to 5 slowly…… Does this at least 5 times. Try reading a book for fun. Catch a funny tv show. Allow yourself “YOU time”. Everyday set aside at least 30 minutes to sit in a warm tub, to read a book , or simply just paint your nails. You can also call the National Alliance on Mental Illness Information Helpline at 1-800-950-NAMI (6264). If it worsens you should see a Dr for possible meds.