My-Keya Rivera
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Hi My-Keya,

It's great to hear from you. This is a good question. Maybe it's just the times we live in, but I have been talking to a lot of clients about anxiety and panic lately.

First, I am really glad to hear you went to the ER when you were feeling panic. I always recommend to my clients that if they have any physical symptoms whatsoever, they should get the advice of a physician. The symptoms that may arise during a panic attack can be psychological, but they can also be the result of a physical condition. So the physician should always be the starting place. Also glad to hear you followed up with your physician. That is taking very good care of yourself.

There may be more than one reason why you aren't quite feeling yourself.

Having a panic attack can be scary. It qualifies as a potentially traumatic event. Because of that, it can take some time to recover psychologically, just as it would from any scary event. Your emotions may be adjusting to what happened. You may be in the process of regaining your balance.

A panic attack can also result in some ongoing anxiety. This is called "getting anxious about getting anxious." My clients often describe feeling afraid after a panic attack that they will have another one. While on one hand they know they would get through another panic attack, having had that experience, it is also something they don't want to through that again. So they may not feel themselves because of some nagging doubts and fears about what might happen in the future.

What I would encourage you to do is to consider getting some counseling. A mental health professional could have a talk with you about what happened, give you some perspective, and help you to cope with how you're feeling. A mental health professional could also help by giving you some ideas of how to manage your anxiety and potentially avoid panic attacks in the future, as well as to cope better if you have another one.

I also encourage you to stay connected with your life. Do things that help you stay grounded. Spend time with friends and family. Make sure you are eating healthy and getting enough rest. Do things that relax you but also get some exercise. Basically, go through the emotions of being your best self.

I am sorry you had this experience. But it sounds like you know how to take care of yourself and are very self-aware. These are excellent coping strengths. Again, consider reaching out for some help as you continue to recover from this experience.

Keep me posted on how you're doing. And continue taking good care of yourself!

Gary

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