I've been suffering from panic attacks for about 20 years. I found a good therapist fairly early on, and talk therapy and Prozac helped getting my racing thoughts under control. After about 10 years I stopped taking Prozac and only used Xanax whenever I needed - some years I didn't need any and sometimes I needed a few a day. Usually 1/2 a Xanax even helps.
But now last Sunday I had a full blown panic attack outside. It always seems to start the same way: I start feeling dizzy while gardening (which I love to do) and then I have brain buzzes and short blackouts. When I stop working and go inside I'm usually fine within a short period of time. But last Sunday I desperately wanted to finish the work I had started and ended up lying on the ground twitching. I was able to crawl into the house and take medications and call my son, but the panic didn't seem to go away. I felt like I had to answer the question of whether I want to live or die - and it went on for about 3 hours. I feel asleep but every time I woke up I had this panicky feeling. Finally after 5 hours total I felt better.
I know next time not to push myself when I start feeling dizzy. But I'm really scared now. I would like to be able to tell my son or whoever is there what they can do to help.
Does anybody have the same problems and have some advice on how to deal with situations like this? And any advice for others to help?