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Friday, April 23, 2010

Panic Attack

My mother has dementia and for the last few years she's suffered with panic attacks. Several of my friends also have panic attacks. I feel blessed not to have experienced them myself but just watching my mother endure them has taught me that they are far more than just being nervous or a bit frightened.  They are unpredictable, life altering, and much feared.

Panic Attack

I can't breathe.
I'm choking on air.
Help me move,
I'm glued to this chair!

I can't get out,
Can't open this door,
My feet won't hold me,
They're nailed to the floor.

I'm in a black hole,
I'm out of control,
Please God, lift me up,
I'm being swallowed whole.

I can't breathe,
My heart's full of fear,
I can't stand the pressure,
Help me get out of here!

Thoughts are spinning,
I know it's real,
Don't tell me I'm crazy,
I know what I feel.

You think I can fight it?
I can just turn my back?
Each second is Hell,
During a panic attack.

© Dianna Doles-Petry


  1. EXCELLENT Dianna! You've capture what I, your Mother, and many others, experience.

  2. Bless you sweetie, this is fantastic.

  3. Thank you, Ruthi and Denise. I very much appreciate you taking the time to read the blog and leave a comment.

  4. Panic attacks are a medical problem that goes unnoticed at times. Reading your poem puts it into perspective for those that don't know what they are. Thank you! And, "NO" the person having the panic attack is "NOT" crazy. They are having a "real" medical issue.


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