A good friend of mine landed in the hospital overnight – waking up with serious vertigo and a racing heart. He was sure he was having a heart attack. His wife called 911 and off they went to the emergency room.
The doctors did all kinds of tests – and thankfully eliminated both stroke and a heart attack which leaves them to thinking what he had was a good old fashioned Panic Attack.
Mayo Clinic describes the symptoms:
Sense of impending doom or danger
Fear of loss of control or death
Rapid, pounding heart rate
Trembling or shaking
Shortness of breath or tightness in your throat
Dizziness, lightheadedness or faintness
Numbness or tingling sensation
On the outside, this man is a calm mannered successful father, husband, businessman, grandfather. Looking at him you’d say he has it all together.
I’ve had one other friend who years ago experienced a series of panic attacks and a family member who did too – each person had the fear that they were going to die.
And in each diagnosis, it was “only” a panic attack. Mayo Clinic says the fear of having another panic attack has actually caused people to have another. Some people get therapy from a psychiatrist to determine the reason for the attack. Others chalk it up to a one-off experience.
I’ve never had a panic attack myself – thankfully, but it sure sounds awful.
Anyone here know of a friend of family member who has gone through one or more panic attacks? What have they done afterwards? No medical diagnosis please, just some of your observations. Thanks.