This question will have a million varied answers from each person you ask.
For me, it’s kinda like, like what I imagine it would be like getting lost in a forest. When the sun’s about to go down, all the creepy critters come out and the last of your phone battery was used up getting a text about an axe murderer on the loose in the very woods you’re lost in. You’re trapped and have to bloody hope they don’t find you!
It’s frightening, my senses are on high alert. My chest feels so tight, I can’t catch my breath. I want to run but it feels like my feet are in concrete blocks. Glued to the spot with the darkness creeping in. My heart is thumping so hard I can feel it in my throat, my palms are sweating but my hands feel frozen cold. I am deafeaned by silence and ringing all at the same time. Everything around me feels like it’s speeding past in a blur and I can’t see which way to go, completely disoriented. I know I’m stood still but it feels like I’m spinning a million times a second. I try to call for help but no one can hear me, because there isn’t actually any sound leaving my lips. It feels like there’s a herd of wildebeest charging around inside me. Usually ends with me crumpled on the ground, scared and exhausted. Unless I’ve been lucky enough to sense it coming and get myself somewhere safer and calmer to come out of it easier. The latter kind don’t tend to last long, but all of them usually feel like an eternity squeezed into the moment.
What does it feel like to have an anxiety attack? Oh it’s a walk in the park, not sure why people make such a fuss out of being a little nervous. 🙄