knapplc wrote:It could have been an anxiety attack. I have a friend who gets these and they really wipe him out sometimes. Don't be afraid to talk to your doctor if it happens again. They can work with you on these things.
If it doesn't happen again, it could have been "just one of those things." We all get the heebie-jeebies sometimes. Your mind plays tricks on you or you just get tired and the barriers between you and your fears get a bit worn down, and suddenly there you are, in the midst of this fear that has no rational basis, when really it's just those same fears and concerns you always had but usually deal with. I notice this was posted at 4:41am. Were you really tired when it happened? That could have a lot to do with it.
How did this all turn out? I assume the feeling went away, so how did it go away, and how are you now?
Yes, I was pretty tired at the time. I had been up for quite a while, and I was planning on going to bed within an hour.
At the time, the feeling was very overwhelming, so I left the room and sat in a chair. I did this so that my back would be up against something. However, even then, the feeling was still there to an extent. The fear subsided around a minute after I had sat down.
Popcynical wrote:Are you sure something didn't trigger this? Or was it just random.
Seems strange to me that it would happen out of the blue.. but the human body is a strange thing.
Well, one of the things that I was reading up on was waking up while your body is still paralyzed from REM sleep. This caused me to recall a specific instance where this happened to me. Most people experience it at least once in their lifetime. You can't move, you have some difficulty breathing, and you hear extremely loud noises around you.
This was the last thing that went through my mind before the episode of fear set in. I don't scare easily, so it's hard for me to believe that this could have triggered it.
mrblitz wrote:When I read this , it sounded to me, like a form of anxiety attack. I had one in my life,and it was only a couple years ago. I was in traffic coming home from work. When all of a sudden, I felt an instant feel of panic come over me, my chest felt tight, and my breathing got really frantic. I threw off my seatbelt, not knowing what to do, when the feeling quickly subsided. I was panicking when I was feeling this, because I had no idea, what the Hell was going on. When I told a few people about it, they told me it was more than likely just an anxiety attack. Scared the crap out of me, that's all I know. Never happened again. Yet
This was what I thought about immediately after the fear subsided.
I had read about panic and anxiety attacks before, and it sounded similar to one. However, I'm not sure if it was this, since putting my back up against the wall seemed to ease the fear to a degree.
Perhaps, as Knapp said, the fact that I was tired had something to do with it. At the time of the event, I had been up for a long time.