Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Panic Attack
It can happen out of the blue, during a date or
a work meeting; no common sense. Unexpectedly.
When you’re away from home, or snuggling, cosy
watching a film. Even in your sleep. Disturbingly.
Could be the fear of the unknown, or a visit
from sweet grandma. Unreasonably.
Might cause you to hide under the blankets or bury
your head in the sand out of anxiety. Bitchy!
Inability to breathe like you’re drowning or losing
the plot like dad’s auntie Angela. Overwhelming.
Your heart pounding out of your chest,
like a wild horse needing taming. Scary.
Nausea and an upset stomach without
a crazy night out as an excuse. Embarrassing.
As well as numbness, tingling sensations,
a choking feeling or dizziness. Uncomfortable.
Palpitations and a racing heart, like mum on a bad
Day, but it won’t kill you, for it’s not a heart attack. Relax!
Rarely goes on for longer than the BBC news, usually
lasts as long as the adverts or an episode of Eastenders. Unworthy!
Just remember to breathe slowly, you’re not on
Jeremy Kyle. You’re safe. Respectable.
It’s nothing more than instinct learned from primitive
Times – you wouldn’t remember. Don’t fight it!
It might look like a gigantic terror, or a naughty
Gremlin, but you can beat it. Easily.