The feeling of drowning should only be experienced underwater.
If experienced outside of water, breathing becomes unbearable and your mind instantly blocks that function’s normal flow.
This usually leads to a panic attack or is a substantial part of it.
But in some cases, one’s high-functioning brain prevents their body and rest of brain to proceed in engaging with the normal reactions that would be a product of a panic attack and chooses a different outcome; that is, the action of smiling and making everyone else happy.
The positive aspect of the aforementioned semi-conscious choice of the brain is that the subject ends up asking for the basic things they would require to feel a hint of bliss in that moment. The negative aspect of the aforementioned semi-conscious choice is that the brain speeds up and instead of burning out, it finds the next blissful moment or silent one and bursts out mental vomit in the form of murmuring, tears or hysterical laughter.
Freud used to call that hysteria. However in 2021 this is a type of real-life “contemporary performance art” of overexposed minds in a speedy society.