Started when I was in the fifth grade - a new reader's story
I remember having to give an oral book report when I was eleven. I took my place at the front of the room and then immediately felt that "out of body" experience. Thirty years later, I realized that was my first panic attack.
Ten years or so ago, I was told that panic attacks were a sign of depression. I found that I could control them more easily by paying attention to my quality of life.
Over the past year, I have discovered that noises (like the noise in a mall or restaurant) can set off a panic attack. I have no idea why!
It's frustrating and I can see that it could change the way a person interacts or spends his or her time.