Here's How It Physically Feels To Have A Panic Attack

Spoiler alert: It's terrible.

It can be difficult to put into words just how debilitating mental illness can be for someone. Enter this visual demonstration.

The SoulPancake video above takes viewers through the anatomy of a panic attack, a common symptom of mental health disorders. The descriptions are spot-on, from feeling nauseous to experiencing shortness of breath.

“Most times there’s no cause at all,” the narrator explains. “I did nothing wrong and everything right. I followed protocol. I could have been happy. Anxiety just doesn’t follow the rules.”

Nearly one in five American adults deals with a mental health condition in a given year. And as apparent by the depiction above, they’re not something a person can just “brush off” ― they cause real physical and emotional reactions. That means they demand the same sensitivity and understanding as any other health issue.

Take a look at the video above to learn more about the reality of panic attacks and mental illness.

Certainly makes you think, right?

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