Panic attacks are one of the worst things I’ve ever experienced. Imagine every fear, doubt, worry, struggle and basically any negative or emotional thing coming at you all at once. The thing that is the hardest part is that they’re attacks so you can’t plan for them.
Last night I was watching “Dancing with the Stars” which is one of my favorite shows and right toward the end when my favorite dancers came on to perform a panic attack struck. It felt like I couldn’t breathe, I felt red hot, dizzy and shaky. It’s so hard to explain the feeling and no one can ever understand it unless it’s happened to you. The previous day I had some of my PTSD strike and I’m pretty sure that and a wrong dosage of my medication brought on the attack. I’ll go into more detail about my PTSD in further posts.
I’ve learned various tools to help with a panic attack, but one of the best things I’ve ever heard is that a panic attack is like having a cold, you just have to let it run it’s course. I think the best thing for me has been to acknowledge what is happening and take deep breaths and ride it out. You will have a hard time composing yourself enough to think rationally and it took me about 30 minutes or so before I could think rationally.
To be honest with you it totally sucks, it’s not fun, and you are going to want to give up sometimes. I wanted to crawl into a hole last night. But then I woke up this morning and made it a better day. Some days are going to be harder than others but why give up now? Why put all that hard work you’ve done to waste? A saying I tell myself quite frequently is that ‘You Got This’ and I know you do. Panic attacks are no fun but you can get through it. You Got This!
***Advice for the family or friend: When someone is going through a panic attack, let them decide what they need to do. If they need to talk to you let them, if they want to be left alone and you feel it’s safe allow them to. My mom asked what she could do last night I told her I just needed some time and she gave it to me. I then asked her to check on me before bed and she did. I asked her to talk with me after she checked on me and she did and I was able to sleep. Just remember that we know how childish were acting we just can’t get out for a little while.