Do you usually pass out when you have a ptsd panick attack ?
Last Updated: 08/21/2020 at 8:07am
Ann Brooks, MSW, LICSW
Clinical Social Work/Therapist
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When it comes to a P T S D panic attack I do not pass out. Through out the panic attack my shortness of breath and pounding heart makes me feel like I am about to have a heart attack but I have learned how to slow my breathing, refocus, and eventually calm myself. Some are harder than others, but eventually I am able to get it together and calm my nerves and breathing. I have had a few instances in the past where I did feel like I was going to pass out but I have never had that experience.
I guess this is a very individual and subjective experience, but I can speak for myself, with this given disclaimer. As far as my own experience goes, while in a panic attack, feelings and experiencing the surroundings can get overwhelming to the point where my mind is almost not in control of my body, which later on results in me not remembering what happened exactly, and relying on what people inform me of without being able fo recollect those memories and experiences. It all depends on the intensity of the panic attack though, and some things that go with that.
I have passed out twice from panic attacks, both were uncontrollable and they were my first 2 panic attacks. When you do pass out, it is your body's way of resetting your system. When you stop breathing for a long time, your body shuts down and then tries to reboot, like we would do with a computer that has frozen. It is not healthy for your body to do this and can cause problems. The best way to deal with a panic attack is to get control over your breathing. That will help lower your heart rate. There are many tricks you can use to get there. In sever cases, I use an ice pack against my chest and wrist to help slow my heart rate while breathing as slowly and deeply as possible.
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