I suffered a panic attack (my first ever) on Wednesday night. I'm 18 and living at home, so my parents called an ambulance. None of us had any idea what was happening to me, but I really genuinely could not breathe and was sweating and shaking all over. The ambulance came and the paramedic told me I was having a panic attack. Eventually I calmed down and they took me to hospital for a checkup.
Since then, I have been constantly aware of my heartbeat. It seems to speed up alarmingly after even walking upstairs and constantly seems too loud. My breathing seems too shallow but I don't want to overcompensate by taking deep breaths in case I kick off another attack. I have been finding it hard to sleep as I am so aware of my heartbeat and my breathing. I'm also afraid to cry in case the breathing pattern induced by crying/sobbing works itself up into a panic attack.
I have been physically exhausted all the time, coming home from school absolutely shattered and unable to do anything. This may be related to some nausea medication I am taking, prescribed while I was at the hospital. I also seem unable to concentrate on anything and keep zoning out. I feel really spaced out all the time.
I'm just so afraid I'll have another panic attack. It was the most awful experience I have ever had.