A to Z Challenge | P is for Panic 12


Day 16 of my mental health themed A to Z Challenge is P for Panic.

Panic Attack

They don’t call them panic attacks for nothing. It feels like you’re being attacked. By nothing, something, everything. It’s an overwhelming sensation of anxiety and other feelings. Sadness can hit you like a giant wave knocking your breath away. Fear consumes your body and you cannot move. Worry fills your heart and you tremble.

I get panic attacks when I’m overcome with negative thoughts. Sometimes I am engulfed in dark, depressed thoughts and I can’t think clearly. I am so overwhelmed that I cannot speak and I find it hard to breathe. All I can think and see is dark. I feel desperate for this feeling to stop in any way possible.

Anxiety and fear also make me have a panic attack. I panic at the doctors. I’m on the verge of tears, I want to run away, I get really hot and sweaty and I feel like I’m going to faint. My eye does this thing when it flickers which just increases my panic. If I’m at the doctors it’s normally because I’m unwell or being tested for something, so I panic that I’m seriously ill or something is majorly wrong. Most of the nurses recognise me and having blood tests a few months ago was interesting…

 

Help for panic attacks

Here’s some brilliant tips from Call her Happy, 30 tips from the buzzfeed community, some great advice from the NHS to understand panic attacks and how to deal with them.

 

Thankyou for reading,

Lx

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