Imagine if you will this scenario: You are sitting in your boss’s office taking dictation. Suddenly, and without warning, an empty feeling in your stomach begins to creep up into your chest; your hearing becomes acute; your peripheral vision widens; you are unable to focus on anything; not your boss; not your steno pad – nothing. Then you heart begins to race so hard you think you are having a heart attack. You experience fr
ight and flight, and need to get out of that office and run. You don’t know where – but somewhere safe. You hurry to the elevator, but afraid to board as it is too small; you take the stairs and quickly descend to the outdoors where among the throng of people, you become suddenly in control. You stand against the building; still unable to think clearly. Finally, your heartbeat returns to normal; you begin to focus and are able to breathe without hyperventilating. This is how anxiety feels, and the panic attack that results.
The after affects leave you totally spent; emotionally and physically. You become very tired, and need sleep. You feel cold and shaky. Your body is in shock and begins to return to its normal function after what it primarily thought was an attack. Once home, you fall into a deep and restful sleep. You wake up refreshed, but in the back of your mind you are sure the next time you step into your boss’s office, it will happen again.
What has just been related to you is the harsh reality associated with anxiety and panic attacks. More often than not, wherever a person experiences an attack; that place is never visited again. Moreover, if an attack happens on a bridge or tunnel; they are avoided as well. Soon your world becomes smaller and smaller until you begin to miss days at work; drive less often; avoid crowded places; and finally, never leave your home.
While anxiety attacks were considered “nervous conditions” over 30 years ago; you can be sure they are not considered that today. Panic attacks are real diseases which affect hundreds of thousands of people. Researchers have determined it is caused by a chemical imbalance. Others inappropriately deem it to be a need for attention or other ludicrous explanations.
Unless you have been through an anxiety attack, you have no way of truly understanding the depth of fear associated with it. Fortunately for anxiety sufferers, the medical community does not only understand it, but has sufficient methods to enable people to live with it, and/or rid themselves of it forever. How does anxiety feel? It feels like the end of the world.
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