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#1 2020-06-13 20:39:03

dividednationz
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Registered: 2020-06-13
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Explaining a panic attack to a friend?

I have had a few panic attacks in my life and they are the scariest things I have ever gone through. I tried to explain one to a friend and I couldn't get him to understand. I am not sure how or if I would even be able to get him to understand.

Is there a way I can explain this to a friend who never experienced one?

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#2 2020-06-18 23:00:22

tigerbound
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Registered: 2020-06-18
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Re: Explaining a panic attack to a friend?

Well, tell your friend to picture an animal they are terrified of. Have them picture this animal chasing them down to kill them. Ask them to tell you how they think they would be feeling and how their body would be reacting. Now tell them that the animal isn't real. That is a panic attack.

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#3 2020-06-26 00:37:24

lazytuesdays
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Registered: 2020-06-26
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Re: Explaining a panic attack to a friend?

tigerbound wrote:

Well, tell your friend to picture an animal they are terrified of. Have them picture this animal chasing them down to kill them. Ask them to tell you how they think they would be feeling and how their body would be reacting. Now tell them that the animal isn't real. That is a panic attack.

This is one of the best ways I have seen it described. It is hard to explain something like this to someone who has never had a panic attack. It is like asking a blind person to describe the color blue.

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#4 2020-06-30 20:46:46

shatteredbits
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Re: Explaining a panic attack to a friend?

It is hard to do unless the person really wants to understand. For a lot of people, they don't believe they are as strong as they can be. I knew someone who would lose feeling in her legs and not be able to walk. I usually just tell people it is an uncontrollable sensation of fear without a clear threat.

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