Panic Attack Story Articles

A Panic Attack On Live TV? ABC News Anchor Dan Harris Reflects

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Panic drives us to do some strange things. It drives us to find a way to escape — to flee from — the uncomfortable physical and mental sensations.


What Does A Panic Attack Look Like? Watch This Young Woman’s Honest Video

Saturday, November 2nd, 2013

Popular culture seems to suggest that panic is this super-detectable experience that causes sufferers to pull their hair, widen their eyes, and clutch their fists or faces. Not so.


Withdrawing From Celexa: Keep Calm And Carry Vegetables (Part 1)

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

I decided to make the next dosage cut: 20 mg to 15 mg. I would have preferred a brief hiatus at 17.5 mg, but measuring out seven-eighths of a pinky nail-sized pill would be, frankly, a pain in the ass.


How Can I Treat Anxiety-Related Nausea?

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

We collapsed the camping tent and, immediately, my symbolic safe space had been rolled up into a bag. Enter the nausea.


The End Of The Trifecta: How The Worst Panic Attack Of My Life Ended

Monday, March 25th, 2013

The End Of The Trifecta: How The Worst Panic Attack Of My Life Ended(If you missed the first three parts of this story, click here, then here , and then here.)

The scene: a small road off of a two-lane state highway in the woods. The cell phone coverage: first none, then a single bar. My panic state: full blown.

I was laying down in my car, following the EMT-in-training’s instructions to avoid sitting up or moving around, and I was scared nearly to death. I shook, I gasped for air, and I palpitated.

I hated every single second that slowly and dreadfully crawled by. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t even conjure up the energy or the clarity of mind to reach for my Ten Rules for Coping With Panic worksheet that lives in my wallet. I was in the middle of nowhere, I was stuck, and I couldn’t escape without help. Not only was I about to receive medical help, but I’d had to call my husband and ask him to drive 40 miles to be with me.

Ugh. Failure.

The word kept repeating in my head: failure failure failure.


The Trifecta Of Fail: Man Calls Ambulance While I Continue to Panic

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Maybe I am having a legitimate medical problem instead of a panic attack. Maybe there’s a problem with my heart or my blood pressure. Maybe there’s a problem with my brain. Did I have a stroke? Maybe I’m having a stroke RIGHT NOW OH GOD WHAT THE HELL.


The Trifecta of Fail, Continued: Panic In The Middle Of Nowhere

Saturday, March 9th, 2013

When your limbs are shaking uncontrollably, the gas pedal is a nightmare to control. My car heaved in fits and starts, thanks to my spasmodic right foot, but I didn’t make it far before I started to feel very cold and prickly.


The Trifecta Of Fail: A Desolate Road, A Panic Attack, And An Ambulance

Friday, March 8th, 2013

Twenty minutes in: rocking out to Modest Mouse and eating a peanut butter cup. Thirty minutes into the drive: nausea, a racing heart, and a vivid expectation of death.


My TEDx Talk: Anxiety — Hibernate, Adapt, or Migrate?

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

I wanted to re-frame a breakdown into a breakthrough.


Panic After Dark: Can You Manage Panic By Yourself?

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

That’s my ultimate goal: to be able to manage panic by myself, without outside help, be it human or pharmaceutical. The power is inside of me, somewhere. I just need to find it.


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