You can’t breathe properly. Your chest is tight. You can feel your heart racing. You know in your heart that you’re dying. You’re shaking and dizzy, you can’t focus and all of your attention is now on the simple action of taking one more breath. The world has closed in around you and you can’t concentrate on anything trying to quell the rising tide of fear.
You can’t seem to breathe properly. Your chest is tight. You can feel your heart beat racing and your feet are tingling. You know in your heart that you’re dying. You’re shaking and dizzy, you can’t focus and all of your attention is now on the simple action of taking one more breath. The whole world has closed in around you and you can’t concentrate on anything but breathing and trying to quell the rising tide of fear.
If you’re reading this then you are probably more than aware in some part of your brain that this is a panic attack. But that doesn’t stop the fear that the panic attack itself creates leading to a vicious cycle so the panic attack causes panic and a never ending circle. If you’ve never had a panic attack then it would be easy to shrug them off as hysteria . But you know that this is more than simple anxiety or even stress because this is taking over your life.
Sometimes it will hit you as a direct consequence to something that has happened or that you know is about to happen, and in a way that is easier to deal with because then you can recognise it and at least try to bring it under control. But it’s worse when you can see no immediate trigger and so you’re first tip off is that you start to feel odd meaning that you don’t immediately recognise it for what it is. From there things rapidly deteriorate to the point where you can’t function, you can’t breathe, you can’t do anything.You don’t want to tell anybody what’s happening because you don’t want them to worry or for that matter to simply think you’re crazy. But at the same time you are glued to your seat, can’t move and look like a rabbit caught in headlights. You can’t stand up for fear that you’ll fall down and so you’re running out of options.
First of all it might be helpful to know that you are not alone; millions of people suffer from panic attacks and anxiety disorder, it is not just you. Secondly, remember that paper bags are a complete must have to carry with you, although a large envelope will do the purpose just as well. A large percentage of the physical symptoms caused by panic attacks are actually due to hyperventilation. Even if you don’t think that you are hyperventilating there is a high chance that you actually are. Breathing into the paper bag re-balances what you are breathing in and helps you to breathe more normally.
But if this has become a common event that is taking over your life the third point is probably the most important. Find the cause and try to solve it, if necessary turn up to your GP. Panic attacks can be terrifying and debilitating and you shouldn’t find that they are part of your day to day life. You are not overly sensitive, you are not unstable, you are not abnormal and you are not attention seeking. Do not feel that you are. You cannot let your life be run by them.