Anxiety Attack in June

Still June night


Screams inside my head

Racing in my heart

Shaking me to the core

Leaving me a mess


Stillness driving me insane

Insects in the grass

Why can’t I drift away

On a night breeze

Cool wind to carry me

Far away from where stress can find me

Yearning for a whisper from the air

Somewhere there must be a night breeze

Running down the plains

So it can take me

Far away from sin and make me

Born again in fire

So I can one day rise above the ashes

And blow away into nothing

On a night breeze


Anxiety attacks can happen at anytime, anywhere and for any reason. If you are a sufferer of severe panic attacks, you know how scary they can be, especially when they seem to come out of nowhere. For the most part, they have a psychological trigger; the feeling of being trapped, helpless, or outside stimuli. I've suffered panic attacks in movies because of the dramatic events on the screen combined with the theater sound pushing all that music straight into your body. I've had to walk out into the lobby for some water, sit down and just concentrate on breathing and getting my heart rate down. Panic attacks are your body's way of telling you that you are in a dangerous situation. Don't ignore them if you are in a dangerous situation, but if you are not, try to control them with help from a counselor or doctor who may also recommend drug therapy or herbal therapy.

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iamaudraleigh 4 years ago

I am so proud of you for writing this! I understand what you are saying in such a powerful poem! I am honored to follow you! I too suffer from anxiety. I am here for you :)

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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Anxiety attacks can happen without warning. I used to get them when on the interstate. My hands would get so sweaty, I could barely steer the wheel. My Doctor prescribed an antianxiety drug which made me feel like a zombi. I now avoid the interstate and travel the countryside which is lovely. Loved your poetic response to an anxiety attack..Cheers my friend..Be Happy..

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crazybeanrider 4 years ago from Washington MI

Very insightful poem, so real and true, great writing.

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shiningirisheyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

Erin - My sympathy to anyone who has suffered from an anxiety attack. Perfect selection of portrait, by the way.

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Erin LeFey 4 years ago from Maryland Author

Thanks so much, anxiety attacks can really sneak up on you and just take over. We'll get through it all by being strong.

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Erin LeFey 4 years ago from Maryland Author

Ruby, I can't imagine having them in the car! I did have one once in a traffic jam but I wasn't moving and that's what caused it - I wanted so badly to leave the car right there on the interstate and walk home. I truly believed I could do it. It was so hard to talk myself down. They are so be happy too sister! love ya@

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Erin LeFey 4 years ago from Maryland Author

thanks shiningirisheyes, (im Irish too, by the way)anxiety or panic attacks are so scary, mainly because they are so sudden and make you believe you are in danger. You just have to remember to breathe and calm down...but meds help most. I find it impossible to do on my own anymore.

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Erin LeFey 4 years ago from Maryland Author

Thanks crazybeanrider, I love your name choice.

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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Hi Erin, your poem said it all, I suffer terrible panic attacks and as you say, I just wish I could get away, I know why I get them but it doesn't seem to stop them, well done for writing about it, my sympathies to you, I know just how horrible they are, nell

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Erin LeFey 4 years ago from Maryland Author

Hi Nell,

So good to see you, and thanks for stopping by. I'm so sorry to hear you suffer from them too. Just breathe...yeah, right. lol

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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Erin the poetry was compelling. It comes from a cruel source, but the result is very good. Ruby's solution to drive the country roads was an interesting solution to her source of anxiety.

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meloncauli 4 years ago from UK

Good hub. I suffered with panic disorder for many years but have been recovered for a few years too. It was hard work eliminating panic and then residual chronic anxiety thinking but I got there in the end.

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Erin LeFey 4 years ago from Maryland Author

Thanks so much, my first instinct is to flee any confined space, like when I was stuck in that traffic jam and had an anxiety attack. I just wanted to leave the car there and walk on the grassy median...thank goodness there was some sense in me to stay in the car. Irrational stuff.

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Erin LeFey 4 years ago from Maryland Author

So glad you are rid of it, I find it is less as I grow older but its sneakier. Seems to come out of nowhere.

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epigramman 4 years ago

Hello Erin - I am taking anti-anxiety medication now and have been doing so for the last four weeks and I am feeling calmer and not crying anymore - that's one of my favorite paintings by the way and you are still very much a lovely and intuitive writer as you always have been - lake erie time 10:59pm

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Erin LeFey 4 years ago from Maryland Author


thanks so much for writing. I'm taking medication too, (for a long time) but sometimes it sneaks up one me anyway! Its so good to see you! I need to stop by your pages! They always make me feel better :)

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Patty Inglish, MS 4 years ago from North America

This is a very use Hub that I have rated and shared. One person I know has a panic attack in IMAX theaters, so she does not go to films shown in IMAX.

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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Such a brave soul you are! A great write about a debilitating condition! Thank you for sharing so much with us!

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Erin LeFey 4 years ago from Maryland Author

Patty, I do know how that is. I can handle certain films in IMAX but I could never watch a suspense/action movie in one. Thanks so much for sharing!

Audrey, thanks so much for reading. Its easy to share when I feel like sharing helps someone else feel like they aren't alone.

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