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Panic Disorders: are they real?

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard of people having a panic attack and someone saying that they just wanted attention. Nothing could be farther from the truth. While a panic attack is not the same as some traditional medical conditions, it is both a mental and physical disorder that must be taken very seriously. If you suffer from panic attacks, see a doctor immediately to get you to condition under control.

As classified by the NHS, panic disorders are technically under the umbrella of anxiety disorders. Other anxiety disorders include social phobia, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and agoraphobia, among other conditions. 20% of the population of the UK (ONS, 2018), suffer some kind of anxiety disorder or another.

Panic disorders are characterised by reoccurring panic attacks that often happen spontaneously and unexpectedly. A panic attack is an intense feeling of irrational fear that lasts over a period of time.

Some symptoms of a panic attack include a pounding heart, chest pains, sweating, difficulty breathing, the fear of going crazy, shaking, cold or hot flushes, a choking sensation and nausea. One panic attack doe not mean you should be diagnosed with panic disorder, but if this condition occurs a number of times and interrupts your life, you should see a doctor immediately.

Most people experience the unpleasantness of a panic attack at some point or other in their lives. While this may be a scary experience, you should generally not be concerned unless the month following the panic attack leads to constant worry about having another panic attack, constant worry about a condition that could be related to the attack, or major changes in your lifestyle.

When you have a panic attack, even for the first time, see a doctor. Try to clearly think about the symptoms you’ve experienced and note the time and length of the attack. This information will help your doctor find the best treatment options available for you. Often, panic attacks occur simultaneously with other anxiety disorders, so being clear about your experiences will help your doctor to understand your experiences.

Remember, panic attacks are real. While there may be a few cases where people pretend to have attacks to get attention or for other reasons, this is not the norm. If someone around you is experiencing a panic attack, offer your help and call a doctor immediately to get help for the person.


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Panic Attacks

Panic disorders are a serious health problem and are very different from other types of anxiety. Panic attacks are sudden, appear to be unprovoked, and are often disabling. If you have panic disorder, you may feel suddenly terrified for no reason. During a panic attack, you also have scary physical feelings like a fast heartbeat, trouble breathing, or dizziness. Some people believe they are having a heart attack.

Panic attacks can happen at any time and any place without warning. Many people with panic disorders develop intense anxiety between episodes. It is not unusual for a person with panic disorder to develop phobias about places or situations where panic attacks have occurred, such as in supermarkets or other everyday situations.

Panic attacks often begin when people are young adults, around 18 to 24 years old. Sometimes they start when a person is under a lot of stress, for example after the death of a loved one or after having a baby. Anyone can have panic disorder, but more women than men have the illness. It can also be a hereditary disorder.

Speaking to a specially trained doctor or counsellor who can teach you ways to cope with your panic attacks can help many people who struggle with panic disorder. Therapy will help you feel less afraid and anxious. Thanks to research, there are a variety of treatments available, including several effective medications, and also specific forms of psychotherapy. Often, a combination of psychotherapy and medications produces good results.

It is extremely important for a person suffering from panic disorder to understand that help is available. Tragically, many people with panic disorder do not seek or receive treatment. The physical toll this takes adds to the problem.


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Anxiety Panic Attacks

This world is no doubt a stressful place to live in. So many people spend their precious time working at jobs with long hours, raising children, paying for a house, trying to save for the future and dealing with a constant flow of bills. Yeah, when it’s put that way, life sounds a bit more stressful than most of us would like it to be.

No wonder so many individuals every year suffer from random anxiety panic attacks. All the stress they grapple with on a daily basis can certainly bring about such undesirable reactions. The key is balancing life’s issues and getting help.

How do you deal with the infinite stresses of life? One way to approach this subject so that you don’t suffer from anxiety panic attacks in the future is by taking a deep breath every once in a while. Naturally this is somewhat of a metaphor. However, there is much to be said about stopping to take a break and just clear your mind. If you are one of the millions of individuals that routinely have to grapple with anxiety panic attacks and other stress related issues, then it’s prudent to acquire assistance from a professional.

There are a few different ways to approach this topic/burden. Maybe you’d feel comfortable seeing a psychiatrist. He/she has the training and knowledge to help you deal with anxiety panic attacks. The key is pinpointing a great doctor who can truly assist you in remedying your dilemma. Start by seeking a professional out on the web. There is likely a few located in your area. A second route is physical and mental healing through massage therapy and acupuncture. This can also assist with anxiety panic attacks. The key is releasing much of the stress and angst from your body and mind, hence allowing you to relax.

Most businesses and professionals regarding anxiety panic attacks can be located online in this day and age. Therefore it’s wise to access the web and see which ones you can find in your town or city. Call several to inquire about rates, which are often left off of websites. It’s high time you got your stress levels and anxiety issues in order to improve your overall health and happiness.

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Anxiety and Panic Attacks

There are many things that you can do to fight against anxiety and panic attacks, so if you suffer from this difficult and disabling condition, never fear. Although anxiety and panic attack are really very serious problems, help is available. Nevertheless, if you have been suffering from panic attack and anxiety for a good long time, the situation can seem hopeless.

This can make people start to give up on finding a cure that works for them, which is probably the worst thing that can happen to someone who is afflicted with these ailments. Let’s face it; without hope, even the most modern and well developed cures are likely to do nothing or next to nothing to help anyone suffering from anxiety and panic attack.

The type of treatment that you receive for anxiety and panic attack may depend on the kind of expert who you consult to treat your ailment. Many doctors are fond of just handing out scripts for pills and hoping that they immediately solve the problem. This is often true even in the case of panic attacks in children. Although these medications can really very often do quite a bit of good against anxiety and panic attack, more often they are not enough in and of themselves. Usually, to fully treat anxiety and panic attacks, a deeper look is required – one that goes all the way to the root of the problem, and not just to the surface.

Therapy is one of the leading treatments of anxiety and panic attack. It is often combined with medication to provide a two pronged approach to helping whoever is suffering. It works like this: the medication gets the anxiety and panic attack under control so that the person can more calmly reflect on what is going wrong for them. Then the therapy gets to the roots of the anxiety and panic attack to really provide the kind of help and compassion that can not come through just popping a pill.

Another approach to treating anxiety and panic attacks is to use herbal supplements. These are often combined with good nutrition, or even a specially designed diet to help treat the condition. Many people believe that diet can have a deep and profound effect on the mood, and so having proper nutrition can do wonders to help you against your anxiety and panic attack. Good luck, and never give up!


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Anxiety Panic Attacks – Anxiety Self Help

Most of us through out our lives have experience stress or just feeling anxious. Sometimes when we are so worried about something in our lives in ends up we have an anxiety attack over it. That feeling when you first have one is such a horrible experience we don’t know what is happening to us which makes us feel even more anxiety because we panic and don’t understand what’s happening.

Some symptoms’ may include heart palpitations’, sweaty hands, a feeling that we want to run. You can experience many different sensations through out the body. Then once we experience this then we get scared about it happening again so then we end up in a viscous circle of being worried about having an anxiety attack and then when we do have one we hold on to it, or tense up and so it prolongs the anxiety attack even further. So we tend to live each day worrying about whether it’s going to happen again.

I have experience all this myself and felt it was just controlling my life. Till one day I said to myself is anxiety attacks going to control me or am I going to control anxiety attacks. I found a couple of books and read them. These are couple of points that helped me.

• The biggest and best you can do is first let it go. When you have an anxiety attack just allow it to happen, don’t hold on to it. I know that it is very hard to do but believe me when I first let it go I could not believe how fast it went away. Just allow it to happen, feel what’s happening in your body, don’t hold on to what’s happening just let it go.

• By breathing normally or best is have a mint, eat something, or start talking or sing to the music. It tends to get your breathing back to normal. That is one of the reasons we feel light headed or dizzy when we have an anxiety attack is because we are breathing so fast there is to much oxygen in the brain. So concentrate on your breathing and just breathe nice and slow.

• Vitamin B complex is great it helps you relax, get out and do more exercise it helps you release your frustrations it also induces endorphin’s which is the feel good hormone that is released through the body when we exercise. Notice after you exercise how good and relaxed you feel.

• Take time out in your life each day and think about your life, are you happy? What could you do to make it change? Ask yourself these questions, only you can make yourself happy. Don’t rely on others to make you happy that is not their responsibility it’s yours. So take control of your life and don’t allow others to control you.

• EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) is a great technique to use. You can use it in all aspects of your life. From Anxiety Attacks, Health, fitness, wealth. Go to emofree there is a wealth of information there for you to get started with this great technique.

Just remember Anxiety is not a physical condition it is an emotional condition and it’s a way for your body to tell you that your mind is not healthy. So take what your body is saying to you and do something about it before it does turn into physical sickness in your body. I experienced anxiety for about 10 years myself; I have been there and done that. I never thought I could get rid of it. Until one day I made the decision that I am going to control it, it’s not going to control me.

Buy some books read them, take the advice and try what they say. You DON’T need drugs to control anxiety only you can control Anxiety.

“Change happens not by making ourselves change but by realising what’s not working”

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My Introduction to Panic Attacks

I was out eating dinner with some friends when I had my first real panic attack. I had spent the whole day at work and was eating some Indian food out in the warm summer air. We were all chatting and hanging out, relaxing after a tiring day. I knew these people quite well, and I knew this restaurant too, so nothing was really new to me. It was just what I was used to on a regular week night.

At some point during dinner though, I started to feel like I was getting sick. My stomach suddenly felt like it had been turned upside down, and I felt very nauseous. I was also getting quite hot, and started sweating. I put that on the slightly spicy food. I can’t really take spicy food, and it always makes me feel a little bit uncomfortable, but this one surely wasn’t strong enough to cause such problems. My breathing got faster.

In seconds, I had trouble breathing. It felt like not enough air was coming through my lungs, so I kept trying to get more. As I thought I was controlling my oxygen intake, I only felt sicker. I started feeling a weird sensation within me, like a rush of adrenaline going from my gut to my face. I thought I was about to pass out. I got up and went to the bathroom.

Locked inside the small cubicle, I started to feel better. I put my sudden uneasiness on the account of the food. I came back to my normal state of mind and decided it was time to go back to the table. However, as soon as I sat down, the heavy breathing and the rush of adrenaline were back. I was quite ashamed, but I had no other choice than to tell my friends I wasn’t feeling very well and I wanted to go back home. I had barely eaten but it didn’t matter, all I was thinking about was to get out of this place.

My apartment was located less than 5 minutes away from the restaurant, walking. One of my friends was living in the same direction, so we started to make our way towards it. After a few steps, I couldn’t walk anymore. Again, I felt like I was about to pass out. I was overwhelmed by everything around me. I wanted to get home, but it felt so far away in my mind. I was picturing the way I had to walk through, and it seemed like an impossible mountain to climb.

I went inside a mall to get some air conditioning. I sat down and the freshness of the air made me feel better. The adrenaline rush eased out. But I was stuck there. I couldn’t walk any more. I couldn’t stand up. I was petrified. At that point, my friend decided to take me back home with a cab. The five minutes we had to wait outside for it felt like an eternity.

For weeks, I still believed that what happened that evening had been caused by some sort of food poisoning. I didn’t realise for even second that food poisoning couldn’t feel that way. I didn’t realise it was panic. This panic that was just about to ground me for months.

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Coping with Panic Attacks

This next sentence helps many panic attack sufferers (including me) cope with the myriad of symptoms during an attack:

You’re not as out of control as you may feel.

Arguably the best piece of advice that I was given was this: “No one ever dies from a panic attack.” It’s never happened. No matter what the panic attack throws at you, no one has ever breathed their last breath during one. It feels like you may pop your clogs, but you’ll be alive at the end of it, it is a temporary state of being.
You’re scared, but you’re not in life or death danger and just knowing this can lessen the intensity of attacks.

Understand your body and the panic attack signs.

Most of us have heard of the fight or flight mechanism; it was hardwired into our predecessors so that they could flee from sabre-toothed tigers and other life-threatening situations.
Today, the mechanism that saved us is working against us because our fight or flight responses are still occurring when we become anxious, but the threats are not life-threatening like missing a work deadline, forgetting to call someone back or getting stuck in traffic.
Our body acts just as it did thousands of years ago and fired up the adrenaline and cortisol, the stress chemical, but there’s no outlet, so we have:

  •  Dizziness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pains
  • Palpitations
  • Sweating
  • Nausea
  • Upset stomach
  • Numbness
  • Tingling face
  • Tingling in fingers and toes
  • Hot or cold flushes
  • A choking sensation
  • Feel out of control
  • Feel separated from real life
  •  Remember that the worst is happening already, you’re scared, it won’t get worse, it can’t.
  • Just wait and watch the panic attack instead of trying to regain “normal.”
  • Accept the panic attack but do nothing. (Unless you’re driving/active, in which case, pull over or stop.)
  • Acting too quickly is counter-productive because it could make symptoms worse.
  • A panic attack inhibits your ability to think, concentrate, make decisions and remember effectively so you should wait for symptoms to subside.

It’s not your job to stop the panic attack; they’re like runaway horses anyway, make yourself as comfortable as you can try breathing techniques, deep breathing or belly breathing is best. This is also known as diaphragmatic breathing; focus all of your attention on regulating your breath, when this is under control a lot of your symptoms should decrease.
Repeat to yourself that you are safe, you won’t die, this is temporary. This gives you a dose of positive thinking in the midst of an attack.

Panic is 99.9% caused by worry about the future, so aim to focus yourself on the present calmly, that’s the foundation of mindfulness.

Try these helpful hints, and you should see improvements. We’re here to help you to get through each day feeling stronger.