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Is this a normal reaction? - September 25th 2013, 12:00 AM

So basically I had an incident with another student in the school. It wasn't anything I felt threatened by, but my parents took what was said by the other student in a threatening way, and reported it to administration.

So, one of the vice principals called me down today. It's normal to be nervous when talking to administration about things like an issue with a student, BUT:

I got so nervous I couldn't breathe and it felt as if I was choking on my words. I guess the best way I can describe it is that it felt as if I was having an asthma attack, only I knew it wasn't an asthma attack because two seconds before that I was talking to my teacher telling her to hold the bus for me (we have to go to a different school for class) because the vice principal wanted to see me, and I felt like I could breathe again when I left. I say it feels like an asthma attack because I have exercise induced asthma, and when I was running maybe two weeks ago, I couldn't breathe and my chest was tight there too, and I had to talk to my gym teacher but couldn't get the breath to, and that's sort of what I felt like talking today to the vice principal.

Is it normal to have that reaction? I mean, it's one thing to be nervous, but it got to the point where I told her, "I'm sorry, I can't breathe," and she had to give me a second to breathe and then when I talked I still couldn't really breathe so it was hard for me to say everything. Do normal people react like that, or is this something problematic?

I mean, I wasn't fully calmed down after, but I was okay enough where I could breathe again to talk to my teacher about what happened, just not okay enough where if I wasn't going to the other school on the bus, I would have done something stupid. It took me like a full half hour bus ride to feel fully calm again without that weird nervous chest feeling.

So, normal person reaction, or is this something I should worry about?


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Re: Is this a normal reaction? - September 25th 2013, 12:11 AM

I don't know if it's normal but reading about this situation I'm thinking I probably would have reacted the same way. Maybe because you didn't feel threatened and your parents took it to the admin, it made you feel even more nervous? Is this something you would have wanted to be taken care of by them? Or were you pleading with your parents to not mention it. Because I'm thinking back, the more I have to talk about myself the more nervous I feel. If I only had to do something like hand in paperwork I wouldn't feel nearly as I would if I had to talk about another student doing something...
   
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Re: Is this a normal reaction? - September 25th 2013, 12:14 AM

I don't know if it was exactly the fact they took it to the administration, I was completely fine with that and completely fine with whatever punishment he got because he honestly needs to be knocked down a few pegs to show he's not better than everyone else. All the evidence was emailed to the other vice principal, but he emailed it to the lady. I WAS planning on telling a teacher who probably would have told administration anyway, and I knew it. I knew my mom called the vice principal yesterday, too, and was fine with it then. I didn't start freaking out until I started talking.


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Re: Is this a normal reaction? - September 29th 2013, 05:45 AM

This sounds like you had a panic attack. It's happened to me before. Sometimes they occur out of the blue. Your story, however, seems more like a panic attack that occurred during a stressful or potentially stressful situation.


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Re: Is this a normal reaction? - September 29th 2013, 03:27 PM

I also think that this could possibly be a panic attack. Talking to school administrations can be pretty difficult and nerve-wrecking to do. You were obviously nervous and panic attacks take place in different ways in people.


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Talking Re: Is this a normal reaction? - September 29th 2013, 03:53 PM

It was only a panic attack. It happens! There's nothing wrong with you and you don't need treatment or anything. If you feel you're breathing rapidly, just take a few SLOW breaths. If you speed-up your breathing you get to much oxygen into your system and you can feel very light-headed. Generally they experts say: "take a deep breath(from just above your tummy) and hold it in for 2 seconds, exhale and keep it for two seconds." You'll see it works well. Convey the message to your brain that whatever is happening IS NOT LIFE THREATENING and sincerely ask it to stop messing you around! It happens to the best of us.
   
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Re: Is this a normal reaction? - September 29th 2013, 06:32 PM

I've had this happen before. Something similar anyways. Particularly when I get really nervous about doing something. You were probably nervous at that point because you were being talked to directly about the situation and the circumstances were not being communicated indirectly (through your teacher or mom) and you probably were worried about the outcome of you talking?
I'm not sure why it happens but this happens to a lot of people for all sorts of reasons.
If this were a very frequent occurrence, I'd really worry and talk to someone about it but this happens to everyone from time to time so you are okay. Although, you could talk to your counselor about it so that she can suggest proper breathing exercises if you ever get in this sort of situation again or feel anxious like this for future reference.


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Re: Is this a normal reaction? - September 30th 2013, 10:48 PM

I told my counselor today and she agrees that it could have been a possible panic attack. Since I've got an answer from both all of you and her, this can be closed if a mod would like to.


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Re: Is this a normal reaction? - September 30th 2013, 11:12 PM

that's very good that you talked to your counselor about this. I hope she can help
   
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Re: Is this a normal reaction? - October 2nd 2013, 11:30 PM

Since the issue has been resolved, I'm going to go ahead and close this thread. =)






   
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