It was like any other day until it wasn’t.
At work, mid-sentence with a customer when in the snap of a finger my entire world flipped upside down.
I didn’t know where I was or what was going on.
This “wave” slammed into me, clothing me in a dreamlike fog.
It was the most foreign, alarming, out of control feeling I’d ever experienced and I completely panicked.
The customer left abandoned in confusion as I took off running.
Holding my chest to try and keep my heart from exploding out of it.
I was so disoriented, sweaty, and confused.
How would you react if suddenly you just were not in your body and you couldn’t get back in?
“Am I dead?!”
I kept wondering as I raced away like a penguin being preyed.
The black and white checkered floor felt like it was coming out from beneath me.
Finally stumbling outside where unfortunately, “a breath of fresh air” wasn’t enough to bring me back to reality.
I remember literally slapping myself in the face repeatedly attempting to “wake up” from this horrifying experience.
It would be more than three hours and an entire pack of cigarettes before I finally felt like I was back in my body again.
What in the world just happened?!?!
Life from that moment on consisted of constant obsessive worrying that this was going to happen again.
The complete terror of that experience had me in chaos mode.
Life felt like trying to walk around land mines.
Later that evening as I sat down to take my shoes off…
there I was again… back in the “fog”.
I transitioned in and out of this mental state at least once a day after that.
I confessed to my psychiatrist at our next appointment.
“The ground keeps coming out from beneath me and I’m all the sudden out of my body and I can’t get back in and it’s terrifying!”
Her expression lacked the frantic concern that I was anticipating…
“It sounds like you are having panic attacks.”
My rap sheet of mental illnesses just grew.
(Read Life sentenced to medication)
Eight years later and anxiety remains at the forefront of my mental health complications.
I’m convinced that once you experience a panic attack you are “sentenced” to having them forever.
Panic attacks are so unbelievably traumatizing that you will never be the same person after walking away from one.
Consumed with the fact that your world could get turned upside down at any moment, completely unannounced.
You start having panic attacks in fear of having panic attacks.
People with panic disorder live in a heightened state of awareness at all times.
There is a constant excruciating fear that you’ll be ambushed by YOURSELF and unable to take back control.
It’s a terrible feeling.
How can you be of help to a loved one who is having a panic attack?
- Never tell someone who is having a panic attack to “just calm down”.
If they could calm down, they would. Trust me. Understand that they are completely out of control in this moment and don’t need additional reminders of it.👍
It is challenging to be compassionate about something you don’t understand. Don’t minimize something you have never experienced. Someone who is having a panic attack may ramble and be all over the place. Just listen and offer empathy. Questions and concerns may be addressed once the situation has resolved.
- Respect boundaries!
Everyone has their own way of handling things. When my panic attacks get really bad I need to be alone. There is enough going on in that moment to handle the presence of another person. Some people might need you to stay. Listen to how you can be of help and be respectful in those wishes.
- Try to remain calm.
This one might be hard as witnessing someone having a panic attack is not an easy thing to go through. Be the strength that they are so desperately needing in this moment. ❤️
- Come up with a game plan.
If someone close to you experiences panic attacks have a conversation. Coming up with a game plan is SO IMPORTANT as it will allow these “moments of crisis” to pass less catastrophically.
- Pray for them with them.
Nothing is more calming during a panic attack than that moment of redirection to God’s voice! Pray a strengthening prayer for them with them. Be genuine. This prayer will make them feel understood in a moment when nothing makes sense. God will help you through this.❤️
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