Panic attacks are episodes of extreme distress characterized by an overwhelming sense of doom. They may be mistaken for heart attacks or strokes, but are actually psychological rather than physical. Panic attacks can occur suddenly and usually peak within ten minutes, but can recur throughout the days and nights.
Everyone has some type of experience with anxiety. It is part of our survival system and is a necessary part of life. It brings with it feelings of worry, apprehension, and overwhelm. It can bring up strange thoughts about death, or a need to run away. It can feel like losing control or going crazy.
At its simplest level, anxiety is your body's alarm system working to keep you alive and happy. I will tell you when there is an immediate threat, or that you are making decisions that are not in your best interest. Therefore, it is something to be embraced and respected, not shunned.
The problem is that anxiety is a partially learned behavior that can be activated at improper times, leaving individuals feeling like a slave to their brains and bodies. The sensations can be more than unpleasant because they are designed to motivate. When prolonged, these feelings of distress can have a negative impact on the way the brain functions. Some individuals can become utterly crippled with fear and panic.
There is hope if you suffer with chronic anxiety. Though a complex system, it functions based on a fairly simple mechanism, much like the on/off function of a light switch. With practise, you can learn to flip it off when it goes off without a good reason. It is unrealistic to say you will never experience another panic attack. What I can say is you can make it your choice whether to have one or not!
Symptoms of Anxiety Include:
- Tightening of the throat
- Rapid Heartbeat or Breathing
- Chest pain
- Feelings of suffocation
- Temporary Paralysis
Sometimes panic attacks are isolated incidents, but if a person has had at least two panic attacks and lives in fear of having another, they may have panic disorder. A panic attack can happen without an obvious cause, but people with panic disorder may develop phobias related to something they associate with panic attacks, including open spaces, and large crowds.
Treatment for Anxiety is 2-Fold:
- Learn how to identify, tolerate, and manage the acute symptoms of anxiety
- Retrain the brain to stop responding in fear.
Ultimately, there is a direct relationship between self esteem and anxiety. Unless both of the above are addressed, life will be about anxiety management when it should be about enjoying your life.
If you are suffering with fear and anxiety, help is a phone call away. We offer a proprietary approach designed by a fellow but former anxiety sufferer. Results are immediate and permanent, and don't require the use of medications or uncomfortable exposure techniques. And what is more, you can tackle your anxiety from the comfort of your own home. For the first time, recovery is not only possible but inevitable.