Panic attacks are horrible and it can be hard to help someone understand what it is like if they haven’t had one before. During the late winter and early spring of last year I was frequently having panic attacks and the rest of the time felt like I was constantly on the verge of one. To try to help people understand what was going on and why I was so afraid of having another panic attack I was given an analogy by a therapist. This is the best panic attack analogy I have heard to explain one to someone who has not experienced it themselves. I call it;
Pretend you are lying down on train tracks. Now imagine the tracks shaking and hearing the whistle of a train. You look up and see a train racing towards you. You are not able to get up. You are trapped waiting for this train to run you over; you become more tense and frightened the closer the train gets. The train runs you over… and then you blink realizing it was a hologram and not a real train.
If you’ve had a panic attack before you probably know somewhere deep inside that the train coming is a hologram. But the sounds, feel of the tracks shaking and the train speeding towards you are so realistic you still question yourself as to whether or not it is a real train.
Basically it’s like waiting for something that feels like it might kill you to pass.Basically it's like waiting for something that feels like it might kill you to pass. Click To Tweet