What is a panic attack?
Panic attacks are a type of response to fear.
It is a sudden overwhelming feeling of intense fear or anxiety.
Panic attacks can be triggered by particular places, situations or activities.
What do panic attacks feel like?
Imagine being scared, not knowing how long a panic attack will last or what’s going to trigger it.
It is a sudden feeling of panic that seems to come out of the blue.
A feeling of needing to escape, to get out of whatever situation is making you panic.
It becomes harder to breathe…
Your whole body beginning to tremble, as your teeth chatter uncontrollably.
A fist begins to clench your chest, tighter and tighter.
Imagine your breathing becoming more and more rapid until you feel like you can no longer breathe. It is almost like being held underwater with no way of coming up for air.
Imagine your mind racing as you begin to cry with panic…
What is happening?
What do I do?
How do I breathe?
Am I going to die?
I am losing control.
Any techniques that may reduce panic are forgotten as you continue gasping for breath, gasping for air…
You become dizzy or have a pins and needles sensation in your head.
Your pounding heart follows no rhythm along with each gasping breath you take…
Gradually the panic subsides, and you remember how to breathe…
In and out, in and out...
Afterwards, you feel as if all your energy has disappeared.
Imagine shaking with cold and feeling so exhausted as if all the life has been sucked out of you.
Listen to our latest audio illusion below to find out more about what it is like to experience a panic attack: