Personal Narrative: My First Anxiety Attack

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My heart would palpitate while my skin flushed. I could feel myself getting hotter and more nervous as thoughts raced through my head. They weren’t connected, but they felt tied together, stuck. I felt as if my life was on a video reel but the sounds were distorted, and the film was held together by a shaky hand. My teacher looked at me, saying something but all I heard was unintelligible speech, the other students were staring at me while I prayed silently for a sinkhole to open up and remove me from the situation entirely. This was the day I had my first anxiety attack.
At the impressionable age of thirteen, I had never experienced anything like an anxiety attack before. I had heard of them, but going through the feeling of the world being seen through a kaleidoscope is vastly different than what I assumed. It was scary, suffocating, and nauseating. At the time, I didn’t know this was an anxiety attack. My mind drew a blank at attempting to categorize what happened at school. I tried WebMD-ing what had happened that day, but after receiving a plethora of
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