Hello everyone! I'm new to these forums and am seeking some advice and your opinions. Obviously I should talk to my doctor also, I was just interested in others thoughts because this is somewhat new to me and I don't know anyone with an anxiety disorder.
I'm a 29 year old female(if that makes any sort of difference) and have had issues with social anxiety for a good chunk of my life though it seems to be getting worse the older I get. I am not currently on any medication or in any sort of therapy.
Up until recently I didn't think I had panic attacks... Sometimes when I was someplace very loud and crowded I would become very overwhelmed and nauseated but that would be all that happened. I wasn't sure that qualified as a panic attack.
But recently I had two incidents happen that made me wonder if I weren't starting to have them, they both pretty much felt the same... The only difference was the first one was a little more intense and scary. Both times it happened I was just home and nothing was really going on that I could think of to trigger it.
It started out with being hit by a wave of extreme nausea(the kind that makes you run to the bathroom and fling yourself onto the toilet), I never threw up though but I couldn't get myself to walk far so I just leaned on the bathroom sink and that's when it felt like a bucket of ice cold water had been thrown on my head and went down the length of my body. I was freezing, shaking and my heart started to pound in my chest... I was panicking because I didn't know what was going on. Eventually I made my way into the bedroom and just layed in bed shaking feeling very worn out and eventually it passed and I felt(apart from being tired) normal.
I'm not sure if it was a panic attack but have any of you that have them experienced something like this? I'm sorry for my long winded post but thank you for taking the time to read it and possibly sharing your thoughts.