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The GoTo Girls Blog & Panic Attacks

This post is kind of harder to write than any of the other post i have written as it is exposing a very personal side to me. I thought if people heard my story then it may help them in some way. I have suffered panic attacks for some years now, it all started when i had a migraine attack. I was hospitalised for three day as they thought i had a stroke. I was about twenty seven at the time and i actually thought this is the end of my life.

I was so scared, I thought I was going to die. All I could think of was my children, who will care for my children. It is a good job I had most of the family I have now so I knew they would be raised around people who loved them. Just not me!!?? Anyway, i survived and it turned out to be a blockage in the left-hand side of the blood flow to my brain. (luckily it was a temporary blockage) I can’t tell you the technical term for it.

This episode scared me so much i started having panic attacks. The first one i had was when i went out for the first time after the migraine attack on my own. It was terrifying. The attacks have carried on since then and now i am finally learning to live with them and can even control them. (sometimes) When i started thinking about writing this posy i thought the best way to describe what it feels like to have a panic attack was to document one of them as it happened. Obviously it would have to be a mild one as if it was a major one i could not have controlled it let alone wrote it down.

I am going to write the events of the attack exactly as I wrote it down during the attack so forgive my incoherent rambling and un-ended sentences. It started on a normal day at work but i went to work with a weird feeling in the pit of my stomach. I was not sure what was wrong but i just knew something was coming…. something was going to happen. I look back at it now like an early warning system for panic attacks.

Here we go,

Panic attack on come

worried

headache

out of my body

seeing life through someone elses eyes

feel like i am trapped in here

disassociated from my self

world around me just sounds and noises

tapping on a key board

people non stop chatting

weird feelings

scared anxious

why me? why now?

just need quiet

cant go home

cant tell anyone

act normal some one is coming

stop writing cant let them see

do some work

cover writing with my book

worlds weird

people sound funny

thank god he has a screw in his mouth

its not my panic attack getting worse

trying to take my mind off my panic attack

keep busy

is it helping

difficult to breathe like my nose is blocked

deep breaths

wish i could tell them

maybe they would stop banging

its making me more anxious

now i am shaking

stressing about stupid stuff like filing really!?!?!

pain in left hand side of my head

keep working

keeping my mind off panic attack

starting to feel better now but must have taken an hour

still not better

watching my arms dont seem like mine

for time after can’t function properly

electronic/speech/hearing all work worse than before

brain function three hours later still not back to capacity

headache worsening panic attack sudsiding

I then left work and went home which is my safe place with Chris who is the only person who seems to be able to help me when this happens. Its something about the tone in his voice that soothes me. I learned that if you have a safe place or a safe person you can control the panic attacks a lot easier than if you are on your own in a strange place. If you are like me and suffer panic attacks i would advise you to find your safe place/person as soon as you can. Dont ask me how you find it all i know is you will know when you find it as you start to feel better quicker, no not better, just like a child who knows when they are scared they are in safe hands.

Thanks for reading and I hope you understand how hard for me this was to write but I really needed to speak out about the terror and if I can help anyone it will be well worth it. Although I do feel exposed and slightly embarrassed telling the whole world I suffer from panic attacks. Please don’t judge me, it could happen to you!! I was never just a normal girl as I never had a conventional upbringing but I never thought this would happen to me.

Thanks for reading and come back soon for more tales from The Go To Girls Blog.

Love The Go To Girls Blog xxx

18 thoughts on “The GoTo Girls Blog & Panic Attacks

  1. Xxx I first had a panic attack in my late teens. I had no idea what it was. I came home suck from work, I thought I was dying. It was only because I heard an article on a radio programme the next day that I put two and two together and realised what it was. Just hearing the programme made me so much calmer. Thank you for sharing your experiences xx

    1. You are welcome I was so scared when this happened I thought I was going to die it is so scary I hope we can help each other and others by sharing our experience with this xx

        1. Oh good they, like us, must have a very special relationship to be able to do that pass on my best wishes for her I know how she feels and if she ever needs to talk pass on my website and tell her to comment and I will send her my personal email xx

  2. Greetings.
    I just wanted to wish you a lot of strength. I hope you have decided to follow a psychological treatment, and if you have not already done so, I recommend you do so. I have lived many years with a person suffering from anxiety disorder and panic attacks, and although I have never experienced it, living with that person has undoubtedly helped me to understand it better. The psychological help helped him a lot to be able to avoid it in future occasions, or to know how to handle it at least, for what is the most recommended. Sometimes the people we love most who suffer from these attacks, we are not capable enough to help.
    Have an excellent day, and thank you for sharing this text with others.

    1. That’s very nice of you to say I had not heard of that what treatment was it I could explore the possibility of it myself
      You have a wonderful day xx

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