JackR94
Hi everyone,
I’m Jack, 25 years old, long time lurker here. I’ve suffered with panic/anxiety for 7 years on and off. This site has been a real blessing for me and I have been making good progress after being introduced to the acceptance method with help from, Jeff, Claire Weekes and Chris.

I’ve recently had a big life move, left the British Army after 4 years and moved to London to begin a career in finance. All was going well until a few weeks ago when I was awoken from my sleep to possibly the worst Panic attack(I’m hoping it was) I’ve ever had. I felt like I was leaving my body, arms and face were tingling and I was shouting at my poor girlfriend to ring an ambulance. Got the all clear from hospital, yet these attacks are starting to increase in occurrence and it’s really shaken me up. It feels like there is something seriously wrong with my brain, almost like I am leaving my body. I thought I had already experienced all the sensations that anxiety muster. My question is how can I accept these attacks when I am fast asleep seconds prior? And can panic attacks cause you to feel distant and hazy for days afterwards?

I appreciate your time, and thanks in advance.

Jack
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Jonmike
Sounds like symptoms of depersonalisation. I get similar feelings if I either had a panic attack or lots and lots of stress. Basically, take no notice of it. It's harmless. It is just a feeling, made worse by your fear of it. Just accept it's happening and wait for it too pass. Don't assume it's staying and certainly don't fear it. I had it for years none stop until I realised the bigger picture surrounding it 
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Jonmike
What you need to do is stop worrying about your brain, there's nothing wrong with it, if fact it's a normal reaction for some people. I read that it's a part of the fight/flight response albeit a very harsh part mentally. Some theories suggested if we were being eaten alive by wild animals this would have been part of the brains helpful way of letting you detach yourself from the situation.... just doesn't work in 2019 very well does it 😊
What you need to do is too work on your anxiety levels and try to relieve stress in some way. Anticipation of these events will only increase the likelihood of them happening again. If it does happen again, be brave and sit it out, do not run or leave the situation. Stick it out and let it pass, this will tell your brain you are not under attack etc 
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JackR94
Excellent, thanks for your reply Jonmike, really appreciate it.
Yeah I can understand how it could come into play if we were being eaten alive haha, my issue is that as soon as it happens I add the second fear of 'wow so this is how it ends' and instantly think that i'm having a stroke or something! I agree I need to work on stress reduction, it's been a pretty chaotic year, I've booked to see a therapist next week who specializes in MCT so i'm hopeful about that! 🙂 What was the turning point in fixing your depersonalisation issues?
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Jonmike
I experienced derealisation also, ill be honest when it didn't go away I thought I was stuck in it forever.... couldn't see a way out at all.. it was the worst thing I could imagine, I was just lost. but the turning point was for me when, firstly I found out what it was, then that it wasn't anything other than a symptom of anxiety, a response from a stress response. I had help with seeing the bigger picture, that being, there is anxiety and stress running underneath it, keeping it alive.
the idea was to ignore the symptoms and just accept every weird/scary symptom that came my way no matter how scary/bizarre/weird whatever you wanna call it became..... and I did! I would be at work and my arms and legs just didn't feel like my own, I felt like I was just almost standing behind myself, almost out of body but in a really really scary way, its very hard to explain. either way I decided that logically If I stopped the fear and dread of the symptoms then my anxiety underneath would lower, and it certainly did... it took a while for me. then I worked on lowering how why I was getting anxiety and stress, which in turn is down to me worrying, which is down to how I think about worry, basically I am a worrier who always catastrophes the worst, It all literally came down to me not living in the moment, being away with the fairies in my head.... so I worked on my worries and what I could do about them, the worries that I could do something about I did, and the worries I couldn't do anything about I stopped worrying about!! or at least made a conscious effort to try not too.
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JackR94
That sounds very relatable, I always see the worst possible outcomes!  I also hate how it’s almost impossible to describe the symptoms to other people (including doctors) that haven’t experienced anything similar. I seem to be improving through the day though, it’s just these sleep episodes that get me every time -and I keep telling myself that it feels way too real to be anxiety, which doesn’t help! Anyway, trying to stay positive! Thanks again for your time Jonmike you’ve been a great help.
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