Yesterday I experienced my first ever panic attack. I never knew how it felt, but I can now tell it’s not something I like to live.
I don’t like going to the dentist and I used to be scared of going when I was younger, but as long as I can remember I didn’t mind so much to create a panic attack.
I was getting a filling done at the dentist and you know how they put so much crap in your mouth to keep it open?
It just happened out of a sudden, no warning signs. I felt like I couldn’t breathe. I was breathing, I knew that, but it felt like I was suffocating. It’s like my face became numb and tingly and my heart beating faster and couldn’t swallow…
I had to sit straight and make them remove some of the things in my mouth. I had to take deep breaths and calm myself down.
Not sure what triggered it. Possibly ate too much before my appointment or maybe because I had some vaccines the day before and maybe my body wasn’t at 100%… maybe I’m developing some sort of claustrophobia?
I guess I will have to be more aware from now on of what can trigger this… as long as it’s not something more serious…
Have you ever had a sudden panic attack? What have you done to cope with it? I’d like to know.
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4 responses to “Panic Attack…”
I had a panic attack last week and I still have no idea why. They are horrible and drain so much energy, I try to remember I’ve made it through others and I’ll make it through this one. I also try to ground myself by trying to smell something or touch something with texture.
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They definitely drain so much energy. Thanks for sharing. I guess the trick is to change your mind with something you enjoy.
I have experienced panic attacks and my best advice is to not let them take over. You have lived many years without ever having one so, like you said, it was probably just a bad combination of things. If you overthink it, it can start to effect you life and limit you options. Take good care of yourself and think of it as just a bad day. Best of luck x
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Thanks for reading and commenting. I haven’t had something as bad since. Crossing my fingers it was a one of. 😊