I've had them but not in a very long time. They were usually triggered by something, even something as simple as a thought, even if whatever fear I had that was making me panic was unrealistic. I always described it as a wave of fear taking over, kind of like the feeling you get when you realize you forgot something very important, only 1000 times worse. I'd stop breathing and feel like the walls were caving in and I just needed to get out but couldn't get far enough. Then I'd hyperventilate and get very nauseous and/or actually vomit and sometimes would be inconsolable. It can be very intense. I'd get panic attacks like that at 11 years old and after years was finally put on medication and it helped, but it'd make me very sick if I missed even 1 dose so I stopped taking it. I haven't had a severe panic attack since and hope I never do. I do notice that they are more likely to trigger up again the more stressed I get.
at 12:56 AM on Feb. 8, 2011