- a sudden overwhelming fear, with or without cause, that produces hysterical or irrational behavior, and that often spreads quickly through a group of persons or animals.
I’ve made an honest effort to remember the last time panic attacked (me). It’s been quite a bit. I’ve weathered ups and downs over the years, but I suppose the last time I felt a true loss
of control was when I was a smoker. Years ago. I would get panic attacks often. I panicked.
During bouts of self-diagnosis I remember reading that the episodes weren’t terribly uncommon in smokers, a result of the mixture of dehydration and nicotine and whatever the hell else … ammonia?
The mind and body work incredibly together, don’t they?