wasn't the first time, you tell the emergency room doctor.
The first attack came on when you were shopping at the mall.
Suddenly you started to sweat, and your pulse was racing.
You were on the verge of passing out, but somehow you got
outside and felt better in the cold open air. You thought
it was over.
you were celebrating after the football game. You were smoking
with some friends when, suddenly, your chest started to
hurt. Your heartbeat was pounding. You're twenty-five and
in good shape, but isn't that what a heart attack is like?
Your head was throbbing and you slipped to the floor. Your
friends got you into the car, but you don't remember much
starting to feel a little better now, but you are scared.
Are you going to die, you wonder? Or are you going crazy?
chapter covers the following topics:
Panic Can Occur in Several Different Illnesses
to Cope with Panic Attacks
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Fifty Signs of Mental Illness: A Guide to Understanding
Yale University Press / New Haven and London
Copyright © 2005 by James Whitney Hicks
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