Anxiety is NOT "just stress"

I was enjoying a mid-flight nap on a return trip from Chicago when I woke up in a panic. My heart was pounding, I was very hot, and felt like I HAD to get out of my seat! I didn't know what was happening! I wasn't afraid of flying. I wasn't stressed out. I was just panicking for no reason! My seat mate was comforting and the flight attendant cooled me down with ice to the back of my neck and my wrists. The moments seemed to pass very slowly, but it was soon over and the realization that I had just experienced a panic attack soon settled in. I had never had a panic attack before, but I recognized the signs. I imagine that it would have been a terrifying experience otherwise. As a clini

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