I just survived my first panic attack and, boy-oh-boy, those are no joke.
1:29 in the morning. I awoke with a jerk. I was absolutely dripping with a cold sweat from head to toe. It was a bit difficult to breathe and I felt dizzy and lightheaded. I knelt next to my bed (in desperate prayer, as you can imagine) and heard the loudest rushing in my ears. My eyes swam and my stomach lurched. I was inexplicably scared of everything.
It lasted for a couple of hours, then it slowly dissipated and I was able to fall into a restless sleep. When I woke up two hours later, I felt completely normal. It almost seemed as if I had lived through a crazy nightmare.
I do know the trigger (though I'm not yet ready to divulge the trigger to the world) and I've spoken to my doctor. She reassured me that it was a panic attack and that I wasn't dying or losing my marbles. She also said it was completely understandable and will likely happen again.
It was a huge relief, to say the least. Even if I have another one, at least I can now explain it away and try to reason myself through it.
So how common is this? Have you ever had a panic attack?