Mental Illness Poem

My name is Brittany and I suffer from panic disorder which stops me from doing regular things. I can't go into a store or car for example without having a panic attack. I write lot of poetry, thought I'd share this with you describing how I feel when I have one.

Panic Attack

© Brittany
Closing in all around me
a fear I cant describe.
All shaky and confused
I think I'm going to die.

Thoughts so unsettling
are blocking everyone's attempts.
When all they try is to help me
I cant make sense of this.

My heart hurts
my head hurts.
And crying about it
only makes it worse.

Nobody can ever
truly understand.
And unless you've went through it
you wouldn't stand a chance.

It's just anxiety
another day of black.
You must think that I'm crazy
it's just another panic attack.


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Published: Jul 2011

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  • I a bipolar, and I have panic attacks too. I cried when I read this poem. Many people make fun of mental illness. If you could only understand what it is like to have a panic attack, I loose my breath, I can't swallow, my heart beats fast, when you explain this to people it is all in your head. How sad.

    The poem I read should be framed.

    Lucy Nocella Submitted Nov 2012
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  • I have panic attacks. Anxiety disorders run in my family so we call them anxiety attacks but it's the exact same thing. It feels like my throat is closing and I shake like you wouldn't believe. Does it get hot to you? I feel so hot like everything is closing in more and more and I can't stop fidgeting. I have the full-on fight/flight/freeze reaction. I've done all of them. Screamed at my friends to "Please be quiet for once!", ditched classes to hide in the bathroom and frozen...staring straight ahead at nothing. Teachers are so hard on me about my grades. They don't get that I'm doing the best I can.

    Kaity, Oregon Submitted 10/4/2013
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  • I suffer from panic attack every day, I find it embarrassing to go out with friends or family. I know exactly what you mean. I felt comfort when I read your story, thank yo and I hope anyone who is suffering get past it and lives the life that we want.

    Britain Submitted 12/29/2013
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  • I have been struggling with anxiety for a few years now. It just came out of the blue. It is such an awful dreadful thing and for people that don't have any idea what it is like, it is hard for them to understand. They think you can just pull yourself out of it. Better said than done. I wish it was that easy. I get weird pains, feel like I can't breath and that scares the crap out of me. Sometimes I feel like just crying and I don't know why. It is an everyday fight, a constant battle. Will it ever be over?????

    Blondiegirl Submitted 1/8/2014
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