I have social anxiety. It is diagnosed and I have received medical treatment for this.
Interviews can be a trigger for my panic attacks. These involve crying uncontrollably, shaking, skin conditions (e.g. rashes), hyperventilating, nausea, dizziness, dry mouth, can't think or speak, fainting.
How can I save face after having a serious panic attack in an interview? Is this even possible? Should I send an apology along with the follow-up "thank you" email for having a panic attack in an interview? Should I explain what happened? Should I explain how this wouldn't impact my role if I did get this job? How should I phrase this correspondence? Should I send no follow-up at all and just forget about it?
For context, here are details of an interview I would like to apologise for:
Dream job, great company that I really wanted to work for. It was a ~seven hour journey to their offices, so I couldn't do my usual plan of doing a test run and on the day I got lost so I was a bit late.
I have a panic attack after sitting down, just after calmly smiling and shaking hands with the 3 interviewers. I'm crying, shaking/etc and an interviewer brings me of the room. She gives me tissues and a few moments. She asks if I can come back later as they need to be strict with time-keeping as they have many people to interview today. I have tickets booked home, I can't stay and I panic a bit more, but am able to say that to her (I think?). She brings me back in, but I can't really answer the questions and what I do say is nonsense. I'm being lead out the door of the offices still crying and I then have a series of panic attacks throughout the day, including fainting.
I didn't tell them I had social anxiety prior to the interview. Honestly, I didn't think this would happen. I had a group interview with the same company before this one where we did a fun presentation (public speaking, spontaneous problem-solving, working in groups, etc) - I was 100% fine with all that and really enjoyed it.
I am aware of one similar question to this, but it is very specific to writing an apology letter. I am looking for general tips on how to recover and save face after having a panic attack in an interview and hopefully still move forward with the job process. There's also another thread dealing with panic attacks during the interviews and pre-interview prep, but again not post-interview. So, I think I have reason to ask my own separate question.