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Passing out from panic attacks?

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Just wondering if anyone else on the forum has experienced losing consciousness at the height of a panic attack? I have now experienced passing out during a panic attack on multiple occasions (at least 10 times). It’s frustrating because I KNOW it’s from the panic attack but whenever I’ve spoken to a health professional they’ve told me it’s not possible to faint from a panic attack. All the literature online seems to say the same. What is happening to me then? I pass out for approx 15/20 seconds (my husband is a nurse so has confirmed I do properly pass out) and when I come to I’m extremely disoriented and have a cold sweat all over and extreme numbness/tingling in arms and hands and legs and feet.
 
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Just wondering if anyone else on the forum has experienced losing consciousness at the height of a panic attack?
you scared yourself half to death

i remember when i was a kid i put a big noisy christmas garland ontop of my ginea pigs cage and he just lost it, he started running around the cage and super high speed. maybe he thought he was about to be eaten by an eagle. but it wasnt real. he almost scared himself to death.

"It is possible for a rabbit to die of fright. Loud sounds, such as cats, dogs, loud music, or screaming can lead to a heart attack and put a rabbit into shock, causing sudden death."

humans can have the same problem. "The vast majority of people rank fear of public speaking as number one – 75% according to the National Institutes of Mental Health."
 
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