I get frantic energy when I'm anxious... but never in a panic attack. I always feel like I'm going to faint or die or something... and I bargain with God to let me live...
For example... Walmart... 3 days ago or so... buying paint..waiting for it to mix. I haven't been in a Walmart at 5 PM when it's that busy in 2 or 3 years. I start feeling hot and sweaty... the lights are bugging my eyes... I feel like i'm hallucinating and suddenly the surge of "fight or flight" shoots through me endlessly. I feel like I can't stand anymore and i'm going to faint. According to my roommate I turn ghost white and I'm soooo HOT in the store... I think I'm going to die right there so I race out and the doors seem like miles away... and I can't get out fast enough... so I leave my roommate in the middle of Walmart.. each leg feeling rubbery.. when I get outside... I sit down on a bench and hold my face and catch my breath as I prolly forgot to breathe and feel like I can't breathe. I go to my truck, put the seat all the way back and curl up in a ball trying to settle from the panic attack. I end up driving home, get on the couch and so exhausted I pass out for an hour
That's just one of the many panic attacks i have. Some are different than that but I feel the "flight or fight" sensation for absolutely no reason... or reasons I have yet to figure out
I would say it sounds definately like an anxiety attack... which isn't anymore fun than a panic attack ... if you could describe maybe a little more what you were feeling during the anxiety/panic... did you get that fight or flight feeing at all?
I always feel disoriented and darn near demented the next day ...
I used to have night panic attacks... where I couldn't fall asleep forever because of them... repetitive thoughts racing through my mind and jolts of adrenaline making me want to escape my own bed for no reason at all. The repetitive thoughts were awful and I'd sweat so much!
I know there are people on here that wake up in the middle of the night in a panic attack too. I've never had that.
Some people as a mental health counselor once explained to me... are predisposed to panic disorder (a parent or close relative in the family may have had the disorder)... and may not ever have it come out until something traumatic happens in their life...
However there are people that have just one panic attack in their whole lifetime and never really know what it is... and it never develops into anything at all.
I hope this helps... let me know how you're feeling
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DX: Panic Disorder, Depression, TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder), Chronic Migraines
RX: Lorazepam (1 MG a day), Lexapro (20 MG a day), Tylonel for the TMJ and Migraines