Last week in therapy, I experienced the benign variety of it, and it's actually quite pleasant. It's like seeing a cardinal fly into a nearby tree and saying to your friend beside you, "Did you see that?" and then craning your neck to see him in all his glory and just kvelling in how beautiful he is.
I think many, many people experience the benign version and enjoy it as just a heightened awareness.
I'm one of those who experienced it only as a facet of panic. I knew it was not in the definition of "panic attack" and that it was something over and above "panic attack," and I discovered the word in my stumbling around on the Internet. Typed it into Google, and you know the rest of the sad story of my appearance here since late May. I think I am here only by habit now. Can't seem to shake it. No DP, no anxiety, and no depression (no drugs, either), but I have a hard time leaving -- oh, yes, I know, why don't I say something that's not so obvious -- :lol: