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NervousNelly

743d

I was doing really well and panic had seemed to recede but I had a strange episode yesterday and I feel like I'm battling it all over again. Does anybody feel like their panic sets them in a dreamlike/drug induced state of mind? how do you cope with this altered reality?

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    • Fluffsy

      743d

      I’m not sure exactly if it’s the same but I do know that when I come out of a panic attack it feels like waking up from a dream. Well, more like waking up from a nightmare. I hardly remember anything about the panic attack itself just that I was all of a sudden overcome with fear I’ve been shaking and hyperventilating at points and often times I become aware of what I’m doing and where I am and I’m in a position I don’t even really remember moving into. Often times I’m very confused and In sort of a semi dream like state as if I just woke up from a nap I didn’t expect to take or something. Usually to combat this I have to ground myself by noticing where I am what things are in the room around me what I can feel smell taste and see around me etc. my husband and I have a thing where when I come out of a panic attack I like to touch his beard to remind me that I’m next to him now and I’m okay and usually he tells me “you just had a a panic attack” because I’m prone to being in a very confused state after having a panic attack

    • Felicityrae23

      743d

      Most definitely. It feels much like depersonalization within reality. Almost like I’m dreaming. It’s hard to decipher what’s real life and what isn’t when I’m having one of these episodes. Which then makes my anxiety even worse. Panic attacks often come with depersonalization which is exactly what you explained. It’s hard to break out of truly. There’s nothing I can really do to break it out. Usually I feel like distracting myself is really helpful. I’ll start playing a game on my phone or watching something on tv or simply just taking a nap hopping when I wake up I feel better. Most of the times after I just feel really confused. I have to look at my surroundings and use my senses to understand reality again. I’m usually very shaky with a rapid heartbeat and hyperventilating for a bit after the episode is over. Message me if you need to talk about this I’d love to talk to someone also.

    • Fluffsy

      743d

      I’m not sure exactly if it’s the same but I do know that when I come out of a panic attack it feels like waking up from a dream. Well, more like waking up from a nightmare. I hardly remember anything about the panic attack itself just that I was all of a sudden overcome with fear I’ve been shaking and hyperventilating at points and often times I become aware of what I’m doing and where I am and I’m in a position I don’t even really remember moving into. Often times I’m very confused and In sort of a semi dream like state as if I just woke up from a nap I didn’t expect to take or something. Usually to combat this I have to ground myself by noticing where I am what things are in the room around me what I can feel smell taste and see around me etc. my husband and I have a thing where when I come out of a panic attack I like to touch his beard to remind me that I’m next to him now and I’m okay and usually he tells me “you just had a a panic attack” because I’m prone to being in a very confused state after having a panic attack

      • NervousNelly

        743d

        @Fluffsy in a strange way it's comforting to know someone else deals with this too. I feel so disconnected in that moment. It's nice that you have someone to reach out to to help you feel reality.

        • Fluffsy

          743d

          @NervousNelly I’m glad it is similar to your experience too! It may help to keep things around you that can help ground you like a strong smelling candle (I used to have a lavender candle near me a lot) or something with an interesting texture you can feel to help ground you. I always find my weighted blanket super helpful too

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