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Panic and Anxiety.
Everyone has experienced stress in their lives. Work seems never ending, bills keep popping up and you just want to get away.
You push forward, day after day and you just cope with it. After a while you might start having headaches, you’re tummy might be upset, you’re body aches and you just feel tired and frustrated.
We’ve all been there. After a while when the problems are sorted out or you went on a vacation you might start feeling better and you’re stress is much less.
Unfortunatly there are some people who feel that symptoms all the time. Work and daily activities might not always be a reason for someone to get panicky. It might be something entirely diffirent.
If you start to feel overwhelmed and anxious wihout any logical reason or real fear you might suffer from an anxiety/panic disorder. A normal amount of anxiety and panic is considered normal and even healthy because it keeps us on our toes.
It goes back to the time when we needed it to survive in all circumstances, we needed our fight or flight response.
Today not much so, but it’s still part of us. The problem arises when we have nothing to fight or get away from but we still get those emotions and physical sensations.
There’s a few factors that can contribute to anxiety:
- Unhealthy relationships
- Certain places (anticipatory anxiety – when you have experiences a panic attack at a restuarant or other public place before)
- Certain jobs
These are just a few. Panic attacks can feel very overwhelming, especially the first time you experience it and don’t know what’s going on. You might feel like you are going crazy or there is somethings seriously wrong.
The syptoms include:
- Heart palputations.
- Shortness of breath.
- Tingling in extremities.
- Nausea (vomiting isn’t always present).
- Depersonalisation or derealisation.
- Hot flushes and cold the next.
- Dry mouth.
There might also be other medical reasons for a panic attack which must be ruled out. If you experience a panic attack for no reason it’s best to let a GP do tests before assuming it’s a panic attack.
You won’t go ‘crazy’ because of a panic attack or anxiety. It might feel that way but normally when anxiety settles down the symptoms gradually dissapears.
One of the main problems with panic and anxiety disorder is that it can cause agoraphobia. A fear where an individual will shy away from going out with friends, go to shopping centres etc in the fear of getting another attack infront of people.
Isolation does not make it easier to deal with as you’re just avoiding the fear instead of facing it. This is where treatment comes in.
Treatments for panic and anxiety includes:
- CBT – Cognitive Behavioural therapy is a therapy used for most phobias and ofcourse panic and anxiety. It helps an individual to see things in a new light. It changes distorted thinking and gives a person the tools to work through unhealthy thoughts and emotions.
- Exposure Therapy – a qualified therapist will work with you in a controlled environment to expose you to you’re phobia or the thoughts that causes panic over a certain amount of time.
There’s also ways you can help yourself during a panic attack:
- Take deep breaths.
- Ground yourself, focus on the stuff outside of yourself rather than how you’re feeling.
- Slow down, if you’re shopping don’t hurry up, rather stand still and try to stay calm, it will blow over, this will also help you see it’s not that bad.
- You can do it! YOU CAN TAKE IT. Repeat this to yourself a few times. The worst probably won’t happen.
- Buy some water (but don’t use it as a safety behaviour) drink some and cool yourself down.
- Go outside and smell the fresh air, listen to the birds.
I hope I gave enough information on this disorder. Please don’t be too hard on yourself! If you feel you can’t cope on you’re own go see someone who will be able to do some tests and arrange the needed therapy.
Be brave and love yourself.