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Is this a panic/anxiety attack?

I'm not exactly sure if I do have anxiety, but the symptoms I am having are ones that others seem to also experience (with anxiety). I was so scared today.
I was in the toilet because I felt liable to break at any point and I didn't want anyone to see.
I was drowning in bad, repetitive thoughts. They wouldn't get out of my head. It was like a thousand eternal screams all at once, different, clashing tones, never ceasing. I found myself banging my head on the door trying to make it go away.
Then I had to sit down. I almost fell. Everything was spinning. I suddenly realised how quickly I was breathing. The walls of the toilet cubicle suddenly seemed like they were falling in on me. Everything kept swirling, I wasn't sure whether I was upside down or not, I could feel my chest rising and falling so fast.
Eventually it seemed to calm down. It stopped spinning. The walls went back to normal. I was still breathing fast. I'm scared. Is this what an anxiety attack feels like?
Category: Anxiety 5 years ago
drowninginmymind
Asked 5 years ago

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It seems to me you experienced a panic attack and a bad one at that...first let me tell you that I understand how that feels as I have suffered with anxiety and panic attacks for 8/9 years now and it feels horrible.....I am very sorry to hear that you went through one alone. Please don't bang your head as you are risking yourself to getting hurt and that is never a good thing. if you do have another one which I really hope you don't but if you do try and think that it is a natural feeling to you being extremely stressed or scared and then take deep breaths walk slowly wash your face with cool water step out and take in some fresh air. Talking out loud helps me calm my self down and when I start talking and telling my self how scared I am I hear it and it seems so silly.
Anxyjo28
Answered 5 years ago
Anxyjo28

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