06-02-2018 04:39 PM
Someone who we work for asked me today if there is a difference between Hyperventilation and a Panic Attack as her grandson has started having panic attacks
she is wondering if they are real or if he is making them happen?? and was he Hyperventilation or having a Panic Attack
06-02-2018 07:47 PM
I'm guessing there may be other reasons someone could hyperventilate aside from panic and I am also thinking not all panic may always involve hyperventilating, so I think they are probably different things.
I'm not sure if I could intentionally put myself into a state of panic, though with the link between panic and breath, maybe it would be possible. Regardless of whether someone is experiencing a panic attack or hyperventilating (internationally or unintentionally) I would imagine there's a real to them reason behind it though which might help to work out/through.
Hope things feel better for them soon.
06-02-2018 07:49 PM
Hi @Shaz51 as far as I know you can purposely make yourself hyperventilate. I've seen experiments on it, but it doesn't necessarily cause a panic attack. However, panic attacks can cause hyperventilation as part of the anxiety. I know because sometimes when acutely distressed, I have to control my breathing as panic sets in.
I hope that makes some sort of sense, my mind is a shambles right now and I'm struggling to be coherent.
06-02-2018 08:05 PM
sending you tender hugs @Queenie
yes she likes to talk to me when we go to her place and she told me what happened to her grandson twice now and after asking a couple of questions I found out what would of triggered the panic attack
and his mother has Borderline Personality Disorder
06-02-2018 08:07 PM
I hope this young chap is getting support @Shaz51. I remember being the child of a parent with a mental health issue. It can be very confronting and sometimes confusing world.