Have you ever had a panic attack?
One of the “joys” of my life is living with anxiety disorder and having random panic attacks. I’ve had them in parking lots, in stores, at home, at the beach, etc. Basically, anywhere you can name I’ve probably had a panic attack there.
They feel awful. I get a sense of impending doom followed by racing thoughts. My heart rate increases, and I begin to sweat. And I cry. It can start from stress or from nothing at all.
I try breathing exercises and meditation, but often times the only thing that really works to bring me down is a pill.
Have you experienced a panic attack? What started it? What helped end it? How did it feel?
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