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Randomly feeling panicky and anxiety -opinion

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba Discussions' started by Scubafanatic25, Mar 23, 2019.

  1. NAUI Wowie

    NAUI Wowie Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Silicon Valley northern CA
    Hello there, just a shot in the dark answer combined with something boulderjohn said as I havent seen this part mentioned yet in the thread.

    How are you weighted? If you are running with too much weight this can make you feel panicky as you are always fighting a downward pull. This has freaked out many divers especially as you get deeper and lose boyancy in your wetsuit.

    That combined with finning harder to fight against too much weight can give you a CO2 overload which will make you fearful or have a feeling of doom, danger, need to get to the surface. Even though you can counter it with BCD boyancy being overweighted as you get deeper will be felt.

    Also your panic situation in the past as has been stated may have you breathing rapidly which has more dead air space and less CO2 leaving body. As they said slow DEEP long breaths in and long breaths out help with that.

    I have had a hard CO2 hit in cold water before with a friends reg which wasnt dialed out. at 90 feet I wasnt getting enough air and i hard finned up to get closer to everyone and blacked out for a couple seconds. After that in cold water diving in low viz only, say about 2 ft up to 5ft max viz I get panicky on surface and it takes me about 5 minutes to get the gumption to go down. Once down at depth with the bottom visible im ok.

    Just my two cents and personal experiences.

    check your weighting and go with the least amount of weight you can to get under the surface
  2. lowlysubaruguy

    lowlysubaruguy Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: The Gorge
    Do you have anxiety on land anything set you off a little. Or is it just diving. Not that it changes my thoughts on this.

    I think you should try yoga. I am not what you would think of as a yoga guy. However during my cancer treatment is suffered from all forms of anxiety and stress. I puked a lot. Hell even nine years later I end up on the same road as the cancer center I get queasy and my breathing changes. There are a lot of breathing and emotional stabilization techniques covered in yoga that may help.

    I just have to make sure I don’t intentionally drive over any of them in the parking lot there are some serious freaks at some of them:wink: however it’s emotionally satisfying when I do which is why I go. And you don’t have to buy a gutted Toyota Privia fill the dash with rocks sticks and feathers nor do you have to bathe in petuli oil. I do know if I practice a couple of the breathing techniques a few weeks before a dive my air consumption is a lot less.
  3. drbill

    drbill The Lorax for the Kelp Forest Scuba Legend

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Santa Catalina Island, CA
    I'm not sure my experience is equatable to yours. I've been diving for 57 years. Some time back (after thousands of dives), I had a situation where the dip or debris tube in my tank valve became blocked upon a heads down descent and I no longer got any air after about two minutes at depth (~70-80 fsw). For a few months after that experience, I felt mild anxiety every time I descended (but was fine once at depth). It went away and I no longer experience that.
  4. Scubafanatic25

    Scubafanatic25 Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Phoenix
    I appreciate everyone’s insights. I haven’t had the chance to dive since our last trip but will be giving all these a shot. Definitely thinking about doing some additional trainings just to boost the confidence
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  5. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada Solo Diver Staff Member

    Extra training is always a great idea and don't forget to breathe fully out . . .fully in . . .
    Nice and slow
    No hurries no worries
    It's like a song
  6. Princess Chris

    Princess Chris Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Wellington, New Zealand
    As its been said nice slow breathing all the way in and all the way out and also a little self assurance goes a long way. Sounds stupid but it works. If you feel a bit panicky just stop think breathe and tell yourself you can do this.
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  7. Khrissi

    Khrissi Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: London

    Sorry to hear this mate, I experienced similar from OW course . Looked up at coral wall then felt very panicked ( 20m ) next dive- totally relaxed.
    A) you do not have to dive deep to enjoy yrself
    B) more diving in good visibility with good buddy will calm yr fears.

    So ( and I am not being rude here but it could be a factor) outside of mental illness you may have, it's abt enjoying the dive. Depth is ( outside of certification) not the main point of diving. K
  8. Pearlman

    Pearlman Barracuda

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Bangalore
    In addition to the sound advice(s) above - A low dose of some herbs Tulasi(Ocimum sanctum, commonly known as holy basil) and Ashwagandha(Withania somnifera) <400mg each can help with your stress and anxiety. these are non-prescription OTC ayurveda herbs easily available online if not in most places. Try it beginning of the week you are to go diving next, late evening and on wakeup.

    Works wonders for my stress in some of the worst traffic jams and roads in the world.

  9. pauldw

    pauldw Solo Diver

    Yeah, both at the same time, sometimes, at least in my experience with a new dry suit. And in recent years I don’t like getting into a wetsuit on a hot beach, which can cause a strong and unexpected feeling that I’m gonna die if I don’t get out of it soon. I didn’t have claustrophobia until in my 50’s. Don’t know what happened. Now, a lot can make me nervous. Familiar gear helps, and taking things slow if possible.
  10. Dogparkguy

    Dogparkguy Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Southern California

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