Julia woke up feeling uneasy; the thought of going to the concert tonight and to sit in a crowd made her heart already race before her feet even touched the floor. She tried to dismiss the sense of dread creeping over her, but it intensified with each passing moment. Thoughts swirled in her mind, spinning out of control like a tornado. She knew what was coming—an impending panic attack.
Her breathing became shallow, and her chest tightened. It felt as though an invisible weight was pressing down on her, making it harder to draw in the air.
In a desperate attempt to escape, Julia stumbled out of her room and into the open air. But even the outside world seemed threatening, the bustling streets and noise overwhelming her senses. Everything felt like a threat, and her mind raced with catastrophic scenarios.
Slowly, ever so slowly, the intensity of the panic attack began to wane. Like the dissipating storm clouds, her breathing became less laboured. Her racing heart gradually settled into a more steady rhythm.
Exhausted and emotionally drained, Julia felt a glimmer of relief. Julia cancelled the concert. This was the beginning of a vicious circle that resulted in a decline in Julia's quality of life quality and led to many cancelled events out of fear of experiencing a new panic attack.