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DSC00029 Gasping

Sleep disturbance is a common result of sexual assault, possibly lasting for years or even an entire lifetime. One manifestation of this is waking up out of breath, gasping for air. The term ‘panic attack’ is often misused by the layperson. This term is acutely correlated with the feeling of being incapable of slowing the heart rate, resulting in pressured speech, shallow breathing, and a profound and impulsive need to escape the immediate surroundings.
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Life After Sexual Assault
Sleep disturbance is a common result of sexual assault, possibly lasting for years or even an entire lifetime. One manifestation of this is waking up out of breath, gasping for air.  The term ‘panic attack’ is often misused by the layperson. This term is acutely correlated with the feeling of being incapable of slowing the heart rate, resulting in pressured speech, shallow breathing, and a profound and impulsive need to escape the immediate surroundings.