a panic attack - quotes and descriptions to inspire creative writing
A panic attack is a serious mental health event, and one you should seek professional counsel for. There are things you can do to lessen your stress and become healthier, yet there are therapies that really work and can speed up your recovery.
As a computer can be overloaded, so can your brain. There is a finite processing capacity and when your ability to process fear is exceeded these panic attacks can begin. As with a machine, decrease inputs. For me, that was a removal of myself from watching news, being on social media, interacting with negative influences and critical people. That can feel isolating, but I thought of it more as a cocoon, a safe bubble for healing. I wanted to become a butterfly again, to be the person I was born to become. I wanted to heal, and I did. In protected myself and that was the right move.
A panic attack comes when the brain keeps sending messages of fear to the upper brain. Thoughts become so scattered that normal functioning is impossible. That's why a person who is loving, kind and calm can have such a powerful healing effect at these times, why their steady love feels so medicinal. To say, "I am right here," slows those messages of panic. To say, "You are safe and protected," slows those messages of panic. It gives the higher brain a chance to become focused and functional once more. It puts the person back in the driver's seat of their own brain. Or at least, that is what happened to me. That is what helped. That was the start of a recovery that took years.
A panic attack can render one upon the floor, the brain on overload. It is painful. It is scary. And at these times one needs the reassuring presence of someone loving, calm and stable. The chance to co-regulate with another human brain, one whom is relaxed and safe, that is help beyond measure at such times. "Just being there," can make the most enormous difference.