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[trigger warning] Urgent: partner having panic attack

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[trigger warning] Urgent: partner having panic attack

Postby Calicrystal » Fri Dec 25, 2020 2:38 am

My partner is having a panic attack (?) of sorts, but its completely different to what ive experienced before and i dont know how to make it easier. Theyre experiencing numbness and unreality and keep seeing figures where they arent there. Ive tried to make them name things around them and feelings but they keep talking about being empty and scared and i just want them to be okay.

Fyi; were long distance so i cant physically be with them right now

Any advice is extremely useful, thank you
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Re: [trigger warning] Urgent: partner having panic attack

Postby Snaga » Fri Dec 25, 2020 4:21 am

Hey there- I wasn't sure why you'd placed this in BPD; however in moving it to Significant Others, I have retained a shadow link in BPD, so it will still be seen there, and followed here- is your partner BPD?

I've had anxiety numbness before, as well as panic attacks. and what's probably depersonalization/derealization. But seeing figures, that's... not something I recall doing a whole lot of.

Is it this time of year doing it to them, perhaps? How do they normally approach the holiday season? Have they given any indication as to an external trigger?
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