I have severe panic disorder that often manifests in my shutting down and having a pseudo-seizure which makes me appear catatonic. Even when I come out of it, I am mute (selective mutism).
I take medicine to reduce the severity and am seeing all the right doctors. I am taking care of myself and am getting excellent medical care.
Occasionally, I will have one of these episodes and people, understandably, are upset by it. My SO wants to be helpful but doesn't know what to do to help me when these happen (fortunately it's rare, but they still do happen).
How do I communicate that these episodes are just stress, that I do come out of them and that medical assistance isn't needed?
This is hard for me, as the mutism often strikes during these times and I cannot speak.
Any suggestions on how I can communicate prior and/or during an episode?
NOTE: I cannot always realize when these attacks are coming on. I even took my medicine before the last one, but it didn't take in time.
Edited to add: When I can move again, I can write, but the mutism persists for a while. I am cognizant and fully aware of what is going on, I just cannot move. First, I tend to regain movement in my thumb, then my hand, then it spreads.