I was diagnosed with T1 less than four months ago, and am still learning daily about my new lifestyle. But depression is nothing new to me, and I’ve been taking anti-depressant meds for about 30 years.
This morning, however, I had an experience that I didn’t recognize. I’m curious – how do you define a panic attack?
I woke up early, to thoughts in a panic about a potentially traumatic situation. Couldn’t figure out why on Earth that thought entered my head, nor why it hit me like such a sledgehammer. What the heck – what got me so absorbed in this all of a sudden??
I got up and found I was too weak to stand. Time to test! And yes, I was low. Just 83. Took two glucose tabs and went back to sit up in bed and relax for a bit.
My blood sugar stabilized, and was actually pretty even throughout the rest of the day. But I wasn’t. I was thrown off course, and shaken up by the trauma of this morning.
Spoke later to my cousin (T1 for 55 yrs), who told me that when she gets low, she’ll have panicky thoughts and her heart will race. Well, my heart didn’t race, and I wasn’t breathing heavily, but I was absolutely thinking panicky thoughts.
Does this have anything to do with the diabetes? Or is it perhaps a subject for my psychiatrist instead?