My First Panic Attack

my first panic attack was in the 5th grade. I am now 25 and still suffer from panic...at times it is cripples my life....

It was grade 5 and we were away on a 3 day feild trip of sorts called Sargent Camp...a camp where you go to do all kinds of outdoors activities...

We were hiking through the woods in the dark .....we were trying to get to a point of clearing to see something in the sky ...I don't remember what..maybe an eclipse or something...

Half way up it hits me.Of course then I didn't know what it was ...

My vision went funny..everything seemed strange like I was detached from reality ,as crazy as that sounds,I had trouble breathing,I wanted to run...but as far as I ran I couldn't escape the feeling..my heart was racing..pounding...
my legs felt like they weren't there..........and an hour or two later I was fine...though my confidence shaken ........

yup.that is where it all began....
jessabellcool jessabellcool
26-30, F
3 Responses Jul 9, 2007

yes.it is so scary ...even now that I know what they are ...i get so scared...even though I know it isn't rational ....it makes me avoid so much of what this life has to offer.........I have tried meds and therapy and am considering trying again ....it just gets so frustrating when nothing seems to help ..........<br />
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thank you for commenting :)

jessabellcool - I've lived with panic-anxiety syndrome through my teens and into adulthood. One thing I can say for certain: For me it never entirely went away. Those panic attacks that you describe can be so frightening when you're not sure what's going on. I thought I was having heart attacks or something when I was young. I remember my heart would pound so hard and I thought my throat was closing up. When it got debilitating, medicine and therapy helped me. I feel for anyone who goes through panic attacks. They're really pretty awful.

This is really young age! I thought children would get scared or very scared, but not have panic attacks! Have you learned how to manage with your problem?