Panic Attacks

posted Dec 19, 2012, 5:30 PM by Elaine Busby   [ updated Dec 19, 2012, 5:39 PM ]
Have you ever had a panic attack, or know of someone who has? They are rather like the "elephant in the living room" - everyone knows they exist, but aren't ready to talk about them.
My main character in On the Rocks suffers her first panic attack on the first pages of my book.
Jade struggles to make sense of what is happening, and like many of us who have had panic attacks, thinks it might be a heart attack - or something worse. As the story progresses, her panic attacks become more common, and she is at a loss to know what to do. It's only when she confides in a friend that she starts to find answers.  
I hope at this holiday season, you can find comfort and strength from your friends and family. In the meantime, perhaps this link to the Mayo Clinic's page on panic attack symptoms will help.
 

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