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Panic Attacks Have You Ever Had One?

Ben Levanger

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Well, if you did, believe me, you would remember it.

The key is knowing what's happening to you, and how to treat it.

My first panic attack happened when I was in a Chinese restaurant ordering my favorite plate of food the week after giving birth to my second child. All of a sudden my heart started racing, I couldn't breathe, and I thought I was going to pass out. Needless to say, we immediately departed and went home, Oh, and I was so looking forward to that meal!

Keep in mind that at this point in time, I did not know. . . . I had just experienced my first panic attack!

So what led up to this first time, unexpected panic attack with no prior history?

I believe it was the stressful unexpected c-section, along with the emergency surgery that my newborn son immediately needed upon arrival. Needless to say, that day was extremely stressful.

The odd thing that I discovered with my panic attacks is that they did not go away. I suffered with attacks for years. Driving was difficult. I sometimes would feel very claustrophobic, and nervous at the wheel. For a number of years I confined my driving to only local areas I was familiar with. More than once, I found myself turning around and heading home rather that be behind the wheel. I especially remember one time at a cub scout training event where we had to introduce ourselves and share a little background about ourselves with the group. By the time my turn came around, I thought I would just pass out. I could not breath and speak at the same time. It was an awful experience, and was the breaking point that I needed to delve into what was happening to my body and why! I needed these attacks to end, and if there was something I could do to stop them. . . I was going to help make that happen. I had had enough. I was tired of dealing with the unknown. When were the panic attacks going to happen? Where were they going to appear out of the blue? How severe were they going to be, and how long would each one last?

So what is a panic attack, and what causes them?

To sum it up as easily as possible, PEOPLE PANIC FOR ALL KINDS OF REASONS: surgery, taking a test, driving in the snow, the list goes on. . . . . One of the big causes of panic attacks is, rightly, having trouble breathing - and that triggers a vicious cycle in which anxiety aggravates breathlessness and breathlessness in turn creates further anxiety. Some people experience such a severe case that they're convinced they're about to die. The strategy for these people is to slow down and regain control: Stop, purse your lips, and drop your shoulders. “Breathe!"

Fortunately, for me I was able to learn how to control the anxiety as I felt an episode coming on by deep breathing and self relaxation tips that I had learned. Namely, breathing techniques, clearing ones mind and focusing my energies elsewhere, anywhere peaceful.

If you experience any of these symptoms, please see your physician to make sure that there are no other underlying causes or concerns for your health. Always be safe. If they are in deed panic attacks I highly suggest you read up and discover for yourself which techniques for relaxation and breathing work best for you.


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