The Panic Attact
Updated: Jan 13, 2020
And then it hit….a wave of emotions overtook me, I couldn’t keep still, I wanted to cry, my heart was rushing, I was HOT (was it a hot flash or something else, I wondered)
It was Sunday night and I posted my first video in over a year. But I was excited and felt really good about it. But as the evening wore down it was time to go to bed, so at 9p, I laid down and drifted to sleep. I remember getting a call from my daughter sometime after 10p, we chatted for a spell. Then my husband called at 11:13p to say he was on his way home from work. And this was when I couldn’t go to sleep, though my eyes yearned for sleep. As the hour went on I began to feel unsettled, tossing and turning. And then it hit….a wave of emotions overtook me, I couldn’t keep still, I wanted to cry, my heart was rushing, I was HOT (was it a hot flash or something else, I wondered). Then my head begins hurting….Oh God, please let this go away. It didn’t. Now I’m having a hard time breathing. I can barely get the words out but I whisper to my husband “panic attack”. He being my superhero immediately googled what to do. Then he began telling me how to breathe, “in thru your nose and out your mouth” just like I have instructed so many others to do. He began assuring me that I was ok and that he was there. WHEW! I made it through. I then realized that I was panicking because I thought I wasn’t going to get my 6 hours of sleep because the 2 phone calls had woken me up and I truly believed that it was after midnight and I had not been to sleep at all. I check my Fitbit, and guess what?!! I’d slept for 2 hours and 15 minutes. All that panicking for naught!!!
Panic Attacks are a REAL response to FEAR (False Evidence Appearing Real). According to the internet: A panic attack is the abrupt onset of intense fear or discomfort that reaches a peak within minutes and includes at least four of the following symptoms: Palpitations, pounding heart, or accelerated heart rate. Sweating. Trembling or shaking. Sensations of shortness of breath or smothering.
Know this, you are not alone. “About 2-3% of Americans experience panic disorder in a given year and it is twice as common in women than in men. Panic disorder can interfere a lot with daily life, causing people to miss work, go to many doctor visits, and avoid situations where they fear they might experience a panic attack.” https://adaa.org/understanding-anxiety/panic-disorder
If this sounds like you please don’t suffer this alone, consult your doctor and get help.