Lots of times, whether I'm having a panic attack or not, (and if not, this feeling tends to bring them on) I feel very odd and the only word I can think of to describe it is feeling 'floaty.' I have read many posts about people feeling detachment/derealization/depersonilization and I am wondering if my feeling quite floaty is the same as their feeling of detachment. I've never really thought of it as detachment but maybe this is what I'm actually feeling?
Yeah...sounds like it. Floaty, detached, unreal, etc.
The reason you feel this way at times when you are NOT having a panic attack is because, with panic/anxiety disorder, we become overly introspective. All of our emotions and thoughts are focused on ourselves, whether we even cognizantly realize it or not. If I'm not anxious about something right now, I'm thinking in the back of my mind about WHEN I am going to be anxious about something. Or analyzing WHY I'm not anxious right now. Or wondering HOW LONG I'm going to stay calm. Etc. Etc.
When we get that way, we don't have any thoughts or emotions to give to anything else. Hence...we feel removed and disconnected.