So over the last few weeks I haven’t been feeling my best and this is down to one thing – panic attacks! I don’t understand why I have been getting them because I am always quite a positive person. My mom is jealous of the fact I do not get stressed. I have previously wrote on my blog about Mental Health. Personally, I know quite a few people who suffer and I have always thought of myself having a slight bit of anxiety. I never EVER thought that the doctor would tell me other wise!
What Are Panic Attacks?
Panic attacks are a sudden feeling of intense anxiety. It is usually found that the symptoms are mostly physical. These can include shaking, feeling disorientated, nausea, rapid, irregular heartbeats, dry mouth, breathlessness, sweating and dizziness. It is always pointed out that these attacks are not dangerous. Yet, I can tell you from experience that they can be very frightening. If you would like more information on panic attacks then read this NHS page.
A few weeks ago I was at work and started to feel a little funny. I thought I was just coming down with something as I went a little dizzy. The dizziness was then mixed with a little nausea. Shaking then decided to throw itself into the mix. In the end, I had all of the physical symptoms written above. At this time, I did not know these were panic attacks. I had another ‘episode’ on the evening and one the next morning. Instead of going to work the next day I decided to get myself into the doctors. This is when the doctor decided that he wanted to run some tests as he did not want them to be panic attacks. After a full examination and some blood tests (which caused another attack) all was clear. This lead the doctor to conclude that I was anxious and experiencing panic attacks.
The biggest question was ‘What is causing the attacks?’ I first thought I might have been sensitive because I was on my period. Maybe I was really worried about my smear test that was coming up. It was hard to understand what was actually happening in my head. I’ve always been a very positive person and never been someone who worries. So then I wondered if I’ve pushed all my stress and worries back and don’t actually know how much they are affecting me. I’m still questioning now ‘what has been causing these attacks?’
When Do They Occur?
It wasn’t until I had one myself that I realised panic attacks can actually happen at anytime. I’ve had them both day and night. Each time I have had an attack they have been at different times of the day. They’ve occurred at lunch time, in the morning and throughout the night. Having a panic attack at night is a lot more frightening than in the day. In my opinion. I’ve found that waking up sweating, shaking and having a rapid heartbeat is terrifying. You don’t have a clue why you are having one but it is there and you’ve got to get through it.
If you do find yourself in this situation then you need to talk to somebody! Trust me it will help.