I received this email from a person who suffers from panic attacks when they get struck in the face. With their permission, I have posted the relevant parts here (maintaining their anonymity) so others can share their thoughts, experience and guidance.
All the best,
I have a past with depression anxiety and panic attacks. I'm out of my depression, and thankfully do not suffer too badly with panic attacks anymore. Except when I get hit in the face in kumite. It's much better than a couple of years ago, but when my stress levels get too high I can feel the anxiety start up. Usually I step aside and control my breathing and get back into it.
On monday, I had my worst panic attack yet, after I got hit in the face. My stress was through the roof all training, and there was no chance for me to control my anxiety. My body froze and I fell to the floor while hyper ventilating.
I believe this has to do with a competition I participated in 10 years ago and got my nose cracked with 30 seconds left of the fight. I'm not scared of sparing now, but my brain reacts non the less.
I was wondering if you had any tips, tricks or exercizes to recommend to overcome this?
If you want you can post this on your forum anonymously. I really want to get rid of this, as I feel it's the last piece of the puzzle for my mental health. I'm looking for help wherever I can.