I thought I was having a heart attack

by sarah
(United States)

I'm 14 years old and have been suffering from anxiety for as long as I can remember. Unfortunately, I didn't realize that what was happening to me /was/ anxiety until I was diagnosed two years ago. That's when I was able to put all of the puzzle pieces together. The same time I was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, I was also diagnosed with depression, and have been on various medications that haven't worked much (and the latest are causing me to have very intense, vivid, dreams). Last christmas, I went to a movie theater to watch mockingjay part 1. About an hour into the movie, I started having very intense chest pains. I didn't say anything to my mom because I didn't know what was happening and I'm not very good about rating my pain without a point of reference. The pain continued for 20 minutes until my mom finally noticed what was happening. By this point, I was crying and struggling to breathe and my jaw was aching and was experiencing such horrible chest pains that I thought I was dying from a heart attack. I whispered to explain to my mom what I was feeling and she told me that it sounded like I was having symptoms of a heart attack, even though those symptoms are typically found in men. Instead of doing anything, my mom told me to wait it out. So I did. For the rest of the movie. Believing that I was dying. When the movie finished, I was still experiencing the pain. My mom took me outside and I started feeling better. It later occurred to me that the size of the theater and the loud noises from the movie triggered my social anxiety (and also claustrophobia) which caused me to have a panic attack that mimicked the symptoms of a heart attack (which is apparently a thing-I had no idea that was a thing). So yeah

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