If you suffer from panic attacks then you know they suck. There is no worse feeling in the world than to be in a room with several people and feel one coming on.
First, is it getting hot in here, I am get sweaty, and my heart is starting to beat faster. I am feeling very uncomfortable and keep squirming in my chair. The room is getting fuzzy and I feel like I am in a tunnel. I may even be dizzy and have ringing in my ears. I am looking for the best way to get out of this room. Where is the door?
Ah, there is the door, but how do I can't get up and walk across the room, what if I pass out? I will look like a fool. Oh God, my stomach hurts, I feel sick and my heart is beating way to fast. I know I am going to pass out. Hurry, hurry, please let this meeting get over!
Oh good, it is over. I will sit here a minute and wait for everyone to leave. What a relief, the dizziness is subsiding. Hey my stomach feels better and I am not sweating any more. I can get up now and go to my office. And it is over!
Have you been in a similar situation? I have! I had panic attacks for 10 years and lived out this scenario and much worse, frequently. It is a terrifying experience not to mention embarrassing. I felt like I was alone in the world even though 40 million people suffer from anxiety and panic disorders.
It still amazes me that nobody talks about it. We pretend it only happens to other people because we can't admit that we don't have control over our own bodies. The truth is we don't but we can learn.
Anxiety is the body's natural way of alerting you there is danger. The Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS) floods your body with adrenaline to give extra energy, you begin breathing faster to bring more oxygen to the brain, blood vessels constrict and the heart beats faster to distribute the oxygen quicker. All these things happen at one time and cause your body to go into panic mode. Unfortunately, these things happen without your control and the body cannot distinguish between real and perceived danger.
The Parasympathetic Nervous System is the system responsible for returning your body back to its normal state. Fortunately, this can be controlled by learning techniques to bring your body back to its natural state before an attack occurs. There are reputable methods which teach techniques, quickly and easily, without harmful medications.
Wouldn't it be wonderful to be free of Panic Attacks forever. I can answer that question, undoubtedly yes! I have been free for 3 years. Don't you deserve the same?
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Live the life you deserve.
Colleen Moore, RN