My DD is 8 years old and today had quite a bad panic attack.
She is a very anxious child with a severe phobia of blood/pain where her reaction will be to faint.
Today picking her up from my mums, we were just about to leave when suddenly it was like something switched in her, I almost didn't recognise her, you would think something terrible had happened ( it didn't, as I was there). She suddenly started speaking/shouting in a panic, she was dizzy, she couldn't breath, she had to go etc. I calmed her down, then when we were home spoke about how she felt.
She said she felt she couldn't breath, her heart was beating fast, dizzy and belly like a washing machine, but why?
As said she is anxious and nervous, im not sure but I think this stems from me and her dad. He is a cannabis user and dependant on it without his moods are awful and lots of silent treatment to me, in turn I used to also switch of to the treatment, I believe now she picks up on this?
When he is like this I battle on as normal now as im used to it but does she pick up this from me/him?
I'm sorry your dd is experiencing this. As a fellow panic attack sufferer ( my last attack had me stopped by the side of the road flagging cars down as I was convinced I was about to die) Attacks usually happen ( to me) after a period of stress. Prolonged lack of sleep makes me have mini attacks that I can instantly recognise and quell. The symptoms she feels is her body's response to adrenaline. I think you know that her home life isn't the best environment for her. to you both, it's horrible.