I haven't posted for quite awhile as things have been relatively calm, but I have checked in here and there to see how everyone is doing. I had a scary situation last night with my easy child and need some opinions. She is going through b/f trouble, so her stress level has been extremely high the past 48 hours. She woke me up at 1:30 am this morning not being able to breathe. She was hyperventalating and gasping for air. At first, I thought she was just upset and I tried to calm her down and get her to breathe slowly - - took her outside to get fresh air - - had her breathe in a paper bag (which she couldn't do). After about 10 minutes of this, I started getting nervous that something else was wrong, so I woke up husband. In his stern "dad" voice, he tried to get her to look in his eyes and tell him what had happened (did you speak to b/f, did he upset you, yadayada). She couldn't talk or respond. Her breathing was all over the place, her blood pressure was elevated and her pulse was well over 100. Her left arm was limp, but she would squeeze my hand when I grabbed it. Her right hand shaked like she had Parkinson's, but it was only her hand. This went on for approx. 25 minutes, until she finally started to fall asleep sitting up. I moved her to her bed and sat with her. Her breathing had relaxed and she slowly started talking to me. The first thing she said was "I was so scared - - I could her you and dad talking to me, but I couldn't speak". She then went on to tell me about things that had happened before her breathing went haywire (b/f talks, etc). She remembered everything, including that I took her blood pressure during this and things we said to her, so she was coherent, yet couldn't respond verbally. Has anyone ever experienced anything like this? It was terrifying to watch, and I'm sure she was super terrified when it happened. She has asked me over the past couple of weeks if she could see someone, because she is depressed. If we go that route and the above is determined to be a panic attack, I would like to get her on an SSRI that works for panic/anxiety (I believe those are Paxil or Zoloft, but not sure). Does anyone have any thoughts about this?? I'm not sure what to do next. Thank you.