This is my first post, finally think I can cope...at least today when the sun is shining. My husband was diagnosed with dementia before Christmas but for two years before the diagnosis, and continuing, he's having what we thought were panic attacks but don't seem to have the panic attack symptoms, and I was wondering if anyone out there has had similar problems. These 'attacks' are very upsetting for him, and happen out of the blue. He says he feels like he's losing a sense of reality, is 'going back' down a tunnel, can't speak or shouts because he can't hear, and is pretty paralysed for the length of the episode, which lasts up to 8 minutes. Afterwards he's very confused and forgetful (more than usual!) and takes about 24 hours to properly recover. We don't know if it's part of the Alzheimer's condition or something else... Any suggestions? Thanks.