Just recently I had a panic attack while driving and I couldn't pull over.
It was awful, but not something I'm not accustomed to.
About 5 minutes before it started a firetruck and ambulance flew by me. So during the onset of the attack I just kept repeatedly hearing the sirens, causing the hysteria to heighten. I just felt like I was totally losing control. And, how I put it, crazy. It's the first time something like this has ever happened.
Another thing I've recently been dealing with is this weird obsession with characters in a series I just read (The Hunger Games). I've never felt so deeply connected to another set of characters in my life. I don't know if it's just because I can identify with the female character Katniss and how she handles life or how she desperately needs Peeta, whose behavior reminds me of a close friend that tragically passed.
Anyway, I reread the books in a period of 3 days THEN I moved onto fan fiction. I literally can't pull my head out of the clouds or something. 80% of my thoughts surround the characters--mostly about how everything goes in the end for them. And then I find myself longing to escape in that world because it's simple (this is something I feel after many books that I read).
I'm just wondering if extreme stress and anxiety causes these behaviors and if anyone else has experienced them.