"No information about panic attacks"
About: Glasgow Royal Infirmary / Accident & Emergency Glasgow Royal Infirmary Accident & Emergency G4 0SF
Posted by breathingeasy (as ),
I went through a stage in my life where I would very quickly become unwell. I would vomit for hours until I had no energy to move and would sometimes pass out. I have since learned the vomiting brought on panic attacks which caused me to pass out.
I went to my GP and had to go to A&E a few times when the 'episodes' caused a person I was with to worry so much they would phone an ambulance. I went for test through my GP but nothing came of it and when I went to A&E they would take tests and discharge me. I am not complaining about the treatment I received as in A&E they did all they could to stop the vomiting and my GP prescribed me anti-sickness tablets. What I am upset about is that nobody ever explained to me what I was having was a panic attack and how to stop it. I would get into such a state my hands would go numb and my lips would turn blue. I only discovered it was panic attacks I was having when I went on a mental health first aid course for a new job! Doctors and nurses would ask vaguely about my mental health 'Are you stressed? ', 'Do you have a satisfying life? ' but it was never once explained to me. I know of 3 other people with a similar experience of having panic attacks and not being told what it was or how to cope in the future. Even if the medical profession does think panic attacks are silly, I still think they should be explained as it is a truly terrifying experience and people should be given the tools and advice to know how to cope with them.