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A First for Everything

I had a panic attack for the first time today. I was at work and I was terrified. I have recently been dealing with a lot of work related stress and I have been trying to hide my anxiety and stress but my body was just too exhausted. I feel like I lost a battle today. I am just so embarassed that people saw me like that today.

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It's natural to feel embarrassed but just know that there was someone amongst your coworkers who felt your pain. Accept support from people that may reach out to you. I think you'll find more people who understand and can relate than those who are judging you. You might feel your work stress lighten with additional support.

This has happened to me before and it was embarrassing but also I felt the support and understanding of my colleagues. You didn't lose a battle. Your body was giving you a signal to take a break before things got out of control.

Best wishes!

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Thank you very much for your reply. You are right, I feel lucky to have such kind understanding co-workers. They were there for me and that makes me feel so much better.

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Hi! I had the exact same situation in the office too! I was under a lot of pressure and had experienced panic attacks during work time including meetings :( I was embarassed at that time but you know what, your body is trying to tell you something and anyone being human would have the same risk of having such experiences. So don't worry about what you think others might think of. (And I bet you that most likely it's not as negative as you think it would be) Focus on what you can do to make yourself better. Listen to what your body has to say instead of what others had to say. get professional help if you haven't to help you deal with it. You're not alone in this. Surround yourself with positivity. One thing I learnt - and I might just humbly share - no job is more important than your health. I might just advise you to reassess your work environment and decide if that's the best thing for you to continue as it is.. most likely things need to change. You come first. :) be strong, easier said than done but try to focus on something more helpful for you and take action. Chin up.

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Thanks for this reply, I feel much better about the whole situation :)

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No worries... like I said you're not alone. Glad I could be of help and somehow share my experiences with others too. I think it's important I reverse the cycle of a challenging period of my life into a positive one. Thank you for reading my reply too! :)) chin up!

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Nothing to be ashamed about! My last one occurred on a highway while driving! Does your employer have an Employee Assistance Program (EAP)? If so, take advantage of the free services provided as your employer pays for them. Do you like your job? If so, do what you can to protect it. Participating in an EAP will help.

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Thank you I will definitely look into that! I really like my job and im nervous about having another panic attack, so that would beer good to find out more about

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