You think you’re having a heart attack. That’s the first thing you notice. The second thing you notice is that you’re dying.
Anxiety attacks come in a variety of shapes in sizes, but that’s how mine usually work: I think I’m dying. And then it gets worse, because becoming aware of…
This is a wonderful piece about what it feels like to have an anxiety attack, and ways to deal with it. The author is one of my bosses at Polygon, a lovely guy. He articulates perfectly what happens in your head when you’re panicking.
Also, from now on I’m referring to having an anxiety attack as experiencing “lizard brain.”