Today was my worst one...

by Tom

My first panic attack was three weeks ago, I was sitting down calmly watching some videos on the internet, when all of a sudden, I couldn't swallow. For some reason, that made me believe I couldn't breathe and thus set me off into my first ever horrific experience with panic attacks.

For the last three weeks, I have on and off been suffering from them, every twitch or sudden weird feeling in my body sets me off into a panic train of thinking I am dying, which of course sets off the attack.

But today was my worst... I was lying on my bed, and got up too fast, winding up with a sudden dizziness. I tried to think nothing of it, but then found my breathing was getting harder to grasp, and so to be safe, rung the non-emergency line for some help or advice. As I tried to talk to the woman on the other end, my breathing was lost, this was the first panic attack I had where I felt like something in my throat was going to stop me from breathing, that if I didn't try to push myself to breathe, that was it. The end for me.

The woman on the other end called an ambulance and from them taking me to the hospital up until finally speaking to a doctor, I was finding it hard to breathe, shivering, trembling, certain I was going to die.

I just got back from the hospital after being given the all-clear, that it was just another panic attack... But I am jittery and petrified of it happening yet again to the point I am scared of going to sleep, or even living the rest of my life like this.

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