I just spent the weekend with a friend who is really sufferring from mental illnesses. One problem she has is panic attacks. I don't know much about the subject, so I'm hoping maybe some of you here can help me out.
My friend tells me that her panic attacks are brought on by nothing. She will just get them out of the blue. However, when I spent the weekend with her, it seemed like her panic attacks were brought on by something that was going on.
First, we were going to her brother's wedding and her shoes wouldn't fit and she broke them and needed new ones.....panic attack
Next, we were at the wedding and she was supposed to cut the cake, but other people started doing it and she felt left out......panic attack
After that, she found out that her mom invited relatives over to her house for dinner the next day and not her (she was really upset).....panic attack and this time she wanted me to take her to the hospital.
Now, could it be that these things actually triggered the panic attacks? Or was this all just coincidental? Or are panic attacks both situational and non situational?
This is really sad because she is dillusional and on all kinds of meds that don't seem to be helping her. She drank a whole bottle of benedryl yesterday and said that she doesn't remember doing it. She is married and has two very small kids and I know the family is going through hell. The hospital just put her in Pine Rest today which is a mental hospital of sorts. She is in the in-patient program and cannot check out until she gets a doctor's ok. I am glad she is there because if she drinks a bottle of benedryl unknowingly, who knows what she could unknowingly do to her kids. Anyway, and info or stories concerning these issues would be helpful. She wants me to come and visit her, but I feel so unprepared to deal with this...I don't even completely understand whats going on because she doesn't even know whats happening to her.