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    maya H Posts: 8, Reputation: 1
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    Mar 29, 2016, 05:34 AM
    What is considered a panic attack?
    I just got out of a mental hospital and I was not able to talk to my doctor before I left so I'm hoping someone can help me. The night before I got out I think I had a panic attack but I'm not sure if it was that or just a bad flashback. A couple kids started screaming things that my abuser did. The things they said weren't directed at me but they triggered memories and I started panicking. My heart started racing, I had trouble breathing, I was shaking, and I thought I would die. I have never felt this before. The closest I have been was last night where my heart was racing and I was shaking really bad because of a dream. Is this what a panic attack feels like or is it just PTSD symptoms?
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    Jake2008 Posts: 6,721, Reputation: 3460
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    Mar 29, 2016, 05:45 AM
    I am presuming that your discharge from the hospital, included some sort of plan. For example, medication, support, phone numbers, etc.

    I don't know why you would try to diagnose yourself, with a situation that was so upsetting to you just after you left the hospital.

    It is important that you contact those involved in your care, outside the hospital. It might be a good idea to see and speak to a professional, who can better help you with your concerns and experiences.

    In the meanwhile, be prepared by maybe writing out the experience you described here, or, print a copy of your question, and bring it with you when you make an appointment to see someone.

    If you are in any doubt at all about what to do, or where to see help, contact your Physician to discharged you, for guidance.

    Best of luck.

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