When the subject of panic attacks arises, we tend to think of sympoms such as a pounding heart, shortness of breath, sweating, shaking etc. However there is more to a panic attack than the symptoms which are most commonly spoken about.

Everybody experiences panic attacks in different ways, and some of you may have experienced derealization and depersonalization whilst having an anxiety attack.

Derealization leaves a person feeling disconnected from their surroundings. Stuck in their own bodies they are unable to find any comfort from holding onto someone or something familiar, as everything feels so unfamiliar and alien.

Depersonalization leaves a person feeling detached from themselves. Things which would have had much significance to them now have none, and even the sensation of being out of one’s body can be experienced. As if you are looking at yourself from the outside and not feeling yourself from within.

These mental states can actually be more frightening than the physical symptoms for some people who have had many panic attacks. Maybe because these symptoms are not as widely understood or discussed? Through understanding anxiety and learning about the way it effects us individually, we can lessen the impact of an anxiety attack when it happens. Self awareness is the key to gaining control.


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