The overwhelming sense of imminent death.
I've only had a few panic attacks in my lifetime, but they're very distressing. From what I've seen and heard, panic attacks are actually quite common among people. But some people deal with them on a frequent basis, and I really feel for them.
I appreciate your perspective. I find it somewhat frustrating that most panic attack explanations focus on the physical symptoms, while I would describe the psychological elements (derealization, impending doom, pseudo-insanity) as the true trademark sensations. The rapid heart beat and adrenaline responses only seem to validate the emotional state.
I think the most debilitating aspect of panic attacks are fear. Fear is just an emotion that can be recognized, rationalized and controlled.
losing consciousness. i suffered from panic attacks and this was dangerous. there were times when i was by myself in an unfamiliar place and passed out.
i suffered injuries when i passed out. cuts, scrapes, bumps and bruises. one day on the bus stop-almost fell into the street but a stranger helped me. this was definitely me at my worst.
Met a woman yesterday in the checkout line.
She has no kidneys. Has to get dialysis every other day. Could be the happiest person I have ever met. Pure love of life
and a Christian of course. She credits God for her continuing existence but not her doctor. Praise the doctor. Anyway great person and thought it might be of interest in terms of psychology. She must know what a panic attack is.
She sounds truly amazing. What strength. I would be interested to know how she interprets panic attacks, although I believe her experience would be different than mainstream panic attacks simply because she has a logical reason to feel panicked. Thank you for this story.
strangely enough,.... self loathing and anger over my own inadequacies,... i dont likea man to yell at me ina loud voice, in a bullying like manner,.. it makes me angry and paralizd all at once.
i also dot like the sounds that people make while in terror,.. has the same effect on me.
i know why it effects e that way, and in the last few years i've begun to develope the tools to deal with it.
i've reached a point now that the flight or praralized responce has been replaced by bsolute rage, and that worries me more.
took my first 16 years to get this way, took till i was 36 to figure it out, it'll take a while to work it out.
It sounds as if you have clear triggers for your panic attacks (loud, unpleasant noises), which in turn causes negative emotions about yourself. My sympathies. I sincerely hope that you have the resources and support to find peace.
i'm not even sure what i deal with would even be considered a panick attack, maybe/maybe not.
my best deffence is a strong sense of logic and reason,... but in some instances,.. i just have to remove myself from the situation to avoid doing or saying something wildly inapropriate.
i work in a nursing home and we have a couple different residents that take to screaming some days, you cant medicate it, they just do it,... you can give 'em enough meds to knock out an elephant and they'll still be screaming an hour later,.. its bearable until one of them says a particular word combination or phrase repeatedly,.... in that high pitched terified feminine voice,..... i just clock out and go home.
i'm very lucky to be in a dpt head position and i can do that,... i just blame my RA and i go to the bar and play pool for 2-6 hours.
i think my little old folks have the panick attacks,... and i feal for them because the things they claim to see as they scream are very real to them, and the alzhiemers has robbed them of the logic and reason that defends me,..... i just have a hang up.
I used to work in a busy restaurant and had a colleague who was prone to panic attacks - especially when it got very busy. She'd have to go to a quiet corner at the back where she'd hyperventilate.
I can't say as I felt much sympathy for her - under those circumstances.
even talking about panick attacks almost brings one, they are fierce.
I don't think I've ever had one.
Have there always been such a thing as panic attacks? I can't remember people having them years ago, and now it seems as though every second or third person has them on a regular basis.
I agree. But I wonder if it is more prevalent to have an anxiety attack (overwhelmed and panicked for a logical reason) versus a panic attack (unpredictable, neurological episode), and people confuse the two. I would think clinical panic attacks would be less common.
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