Panic Attack! A close-up look at a disorder that affects 23 million lives – including mine
A racing heart, a feeling of being out of control, an “out of body” or detached from your body sensation or a sense of impending doom, all of these symptoms are characteristic of panic attacks. The good news is that you are not alone. By some estimates over 23 million people suffer from panic attacks. Although it may seem hopeless there actually is help for this disorder. The following article is one christian woman’s story of dealing with panic attacks and how she is overcoming:
“Labor day weekend in our small town had been uneventful and relaxing, so it came as a shock when I suddenly experienced heart palpitations and lightheadedness. A panicked call to my physician determined that exposure to paint fumes from painting inside our home over the weekend was probably the cause. After getting some fresh air, I did feel better.
But the symptoms returned two days later while I was waiting in the checkout line at the grocery store. Somehow, I managed to load my groceries in the car, then I drove home quickly, gripping the steering wheel with sweating hands, praying I wouldn’t pass out.
The symptoms continued over the next few days with even more severity, causing constriction in my chest and throat and trouble breathing. Finally, I called my husband, Brad, at work and asked him to take me to the local emergency room. While I waited for him, I found myself crying uncontrollably. It was unlike me to be so out of control emotionally – and that frightened me as much as my physical symptoms. I’d hit a wall and didn’t know why.”