It really irritates me when I see someone posting on Facebook, claiming to be in the midst of a panic attack.
Maybe everyone is different, but I know that when I’ve had them, I did not possess the capability to gather my thoughts in a cohesive manner, let alone type.
Maybe they want attention, maybe they just can have the ability to write a paragraph describing it.
Not to be an asshole, but if it’s the former, not a fan.
people often confuse a panic attack with anxiety attack- while similar they are not the same. panic/anxiety disorders present themselves in different ways and the onset can vary as well.
and there are various levels of both. i have an axis 1 diagnosis of an anxiety disorder. sometimes i can gather thoughts and make it through the day with anxiety floating around me like background radiation. other times i have had my blood pressure shy rocket to the point of needing to go to the emergency room: i could barely verbalize what was going on.
sometimes someone might want attention, that is true. but other times someone is just desperate for help and so encompassed by their current attack that reaching out through social media is the only thing they can think of. i once took to reddit at 3am in the midst of an attack that had been going on for hours. my heart rate was so elevated typing was nearly impossible. i took bayer, put an ice pack on my neck and did everything i could to bring myself down.
and the people that did talk to me fucking helped. not everyone has someone they can call. and not everyone has medications that help or successful ways of coping.
working in a residential treatment center i saw people fake attacks all the time, to only see them have a real attack so severe in the days that followed they broke their own bones.
never question someone’s psychological well-being/impairment.
someone people ask for help the only ways they know how.