Panic attack came out of nowhere this morning

Posted on: Wed, 10/02/2019 - 11:51am
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The last week has been overwhelmingly stressful but I felt like I was taking everything in stride. My anxiety has been better so it was surprising to me when a panic attack sprung out of nowhere. I woke up feeling fine, well, I woke up stressed but nothing unusual. I made breakfast and out of nowhere my heart started racing out of my chest, my hands and feet felt tingly and head felt slightly dizzy. I took my heart rate with a portable monitor that I have at home at it was at 92 resting rate. I took Lorazepam, which I have in case of an emergency like this, and all of my symptoms subsided. I suppose that I should understand why it happened but sometimes it's frustrating that it comes out of nowhere. I even slept well last night. It's not like I'm sleep-deprived and stressed, I'm just stressed in my waking hours. This brings back a flood of anxiety about panic attacks again. I thought that they were a thing of the past and I guess not. Kind of makes me sad. I thought that I was finally free of one thing.

Posted on: Wed, 10/09/2019 - 1:35pm
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That's the tough part with panic attacks, they come out of nowhere. I'm sorry you had to deal with that, I know how uncomfortable and jarring a panic attack can be. I hope by now you're in a much better place. If anyone understands how the aftermath can affect you it's me. When I go through periods without one I feel like maybe they're out of my life but then one comes creeping back in and it drags me right back to where I was before mentally. I try to have faith every day that I am getting better and stronger. The meditation app that I downloaded is helping me a lot. I know that you're into meditation. Make sure that you take time for yourself.

Posted on: Fri, 10/11/2019 - 10:29am
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Hi Pixie,

Thank you for your support. It was hard afterward because all of my fears about panic attacks came flooding back but I now have come to the understanding that it was circumstantial. All of the stress boiled over. I haven't been dealing with it well enough. Now I'm taking good care of myself and workng through it.

Thank you again!

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