Anatomy of an Anxiety Attack

In the past, I have used the phrase anxiety episode rather than anxiety or panic attack, but I’ve come to the conclusion that although I like to be picky about some words for the sake of clarity, others, like this one, just suit the thing. It is an attack, whether it’s small and manageable or huge and debilitating. Whether you continue to buy your milk in the crowded corner store during, or sit rocking in the corner of your home with a blanket over your head, sobbing, trying to catch your breath but failing, clutching your chest like Fred Sanford, it’s a freaking attack.

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