The following is a transcript of the interview with Claire Cullinane, a nurse and former nurse practitioner from the US, who explains how to treat a panic disorder from the “melt-down” approach and how to use the skills she learned during her career in medicine.
I think the thing that really stands out about this interview is that it’s actually really fascinating to hear the experiences of people who were very close to the people who had suffered from post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
And then Claire tells you about the process of going from feeling like you have to hide everything and not even want to talk about it to a place where you are able to talk openly about it and it’s completely liberating and liberating.
It’s a very unique process and Claire’s story is a very special one and she talks about that in the book, but I want to share with you the process as well.
You’ve probably heard of the term “panic disorder,” but what is it and how does it affect you?
Claire Cullinsane: What’s called a panic attack is a sudden change in your emotions, a feeling of panic or something else.
It can happen in the middle of a meeting or in a panic session, but it can also happen without your knowledge.
When I was in the ICU, I was one of the people that had to go through that because I had to do a ventilator, but my husband was there to help me so I didn’t have to be alone.
The idea is that you don’t want to be isolated in the emergency department because there’s a danger that if you go to a panic room with your family, they may not know you’re having a panic and it could affect you emotionally.
The thing that’s amazing about this, and I think it’s the most common, is that they don’t know that you have a panic because you can’t really tell.
So, you feel anxious, you don,t want to cry.
You don’t feel very well.
It could be that your eyes are watery and you’re sweating a lot.
So that’s one of those symptoms that they have.
The other one is that, in a sense, you’re feeling very much in control of your emotions because you have that knowledge that you can control them and they won’t affect you physically.
Claire Cullina: There is a lot of confusion and fear, so to speak, because people who are not experiencing it often don’t think that they’re experiencing panic.
You see a lot more of the fear-like symptoms, and they’re usually people who have anxiety.
And when you look at a picture of somebody who has anxiety and you say, “Oh, that’s a panic,” they’re like, “Well, that would be a panic if I had that,” or “Oh no, I don’t,” and they have that fear.
So I think that’s really important, because I’ve had anxiety that I would not be able to communicate with my husband and family.
And I have to say that when I did my first panic test, it was very difficult because I felt like I was having a very strong, emotional panic attack, and when I went back and did the test and came back and tested again, I found out that I was really not.
The anxiety I was experiencing, the anxiety that was causing me to have a fear of death, it wasn’t actually a panic, it’s more of a feeling that I’m not myself anymore, and that I need to leave the situation.
I was feeling really sad and hopeless.
I didn,t know what was going to happen.
It was almost like, you know, I couldn’t do this anymore.
I needed to go home and get help.
I went through this really, really difficult time that I didn,, because my husband didn’t want me to leave.
I couldn,, so I was just going through a really, very intense period of anxiety that went on for about a week and a half and it was a very difficult time, and then I went to the hospital and I was admitted to the emergency room.
And it was not that I had panic attacks, it just felt like the first day, it felt like a panic.
And the first thing that came to mind was, oh, I have no idea what to do.
And that, I thought, is why I have this anxiety.
The first thing I thought was, I need help, I’m really struggling with this.
And at that point, I got the diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder.
I just didn’t know what to think.
I mean, I wasn’t ready to get diagnosed, I didn.t think I was ready to have this diagnosis.
I don.t know, it took a while to get it, because when you’re going through an emotional crisis like this, you need to really listen to your body,