Panic Attacks

Regulars will know that I like to play with words but this one holds a depth of pain for far too many.

Panic is not something I really know but I’ve watched too many debilitated by panic attacks.

They know the theory well that it’s all in their mind but that doesn’t stop the overwhelming paralysis that strikes each time. Frozen they struggle to move or speak for it renders them totally weak.

Techniques abound but each person needs to find their own ‘fix’. Main thing is to weaken their impact, less frequently, less strong and be reassured that they will come out the other side.

So rather than write my usual poem I decided to alert those not in the know to how others get panicked. Patience and kindness is needed to support them during an attack.

Daily Prompt:  Panicked


  1. Thank you so much for writing this.
    I have a panic disorder and yes I do know that the fear that paralizes me is all in my head. It is so very comforting to read that someone out there without a panic disorder knows that we cannot just tell the fear to go away sometimes. That we do know the fear is not real but that our brain paralizes us.
    Thank you for understanding.

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  2. Absolutely. I’ve been on both ends of panic attacks, more recently comforting my 16yo son who experienced one. Having had a few myself years back I know how real, and debilitating, they can be. I still occasionally have to fight against them.

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  3. I never understood panic attacks until people close to me shared their experiences. I am amazed at the experiences they have and then the aftermath. Thanks for the reminder and for highlighting it.

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  4. unfortunately not all panic attacks are as recognisable. I don’t tend to be frozen in fear, I tend to go very quiet, stare and try to look as normal as I can. I usually check my pulse a lot if I feel panicky as well. Although it is a mental illness it comes with such horrible physical symptoms. I hope that one day I can control mine.

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