The Causes of Panic Attacks

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Anxiety is a very basic emotion and even though it is unpleasant, it is not dangerous.

Anxiety is a state of apprehension and fear caused by being afraid of a threat, real or imagined. It is one of the most common emotions and everybody experiences it at different levels at different times in their life.

Studies have shown that, on a scale of 1 to 10 that it's common for a lot of people to hover right about at 3 on the scale.  More anxious people are at about 5 to 6 on the scale. But what about the people who are in the middle of a panic attack?

When I had panic attacks I would have described them as a fast surge in anxiety to the 9 to 10 level on the scale!

It's practically impossible to expect someone who hasn't experienced one of these attacks to understand how horrible they feel and how frightening they are. If you understand you know who you are and you know you want this to stop!

I used to start with a sudden weakening and red flush to my face. I started sweating. I had trouble breathing.

I often suspected it was a heart attack and that this was my time. I worried about what others would think. I was embarrassed and afraid. My heart would pound. The sweating would get so bad that my hair and shirt were soaked.

I wanted to run.

I have heard panic attacks are attributable to our fight or flight response caused by anxiety and the fear of some danger nearby.  What could be more nearby than a dogfight of crazy thoughts swirling around in your head and your body! Heart pounding. Sweat pouring. Shaking hands and tingles down your back. Bad stuff.

When It happened to me, especially at first, I thought I was losing control of my mind and my body. It was horrible. Then I would come out of it. It didn't happen very soon. I usually had to be crazy for at least a half an hour and often longer.

This would happen to me in business meetings!  I developed all kinds of lies for why I had to suddenly leave or go to the bathroom. I got to be very uptight about walking into a meeting. I fact I was often sweating before I got in there.

That might be when I noticed that my panic attacks were triggered by my fear of the attacks themselves. The thought of them happening caused them to happen. Especially in certain situations.

I wasn't afraid of a business meeting. I was afraid of going insane in a business meeting. This is serious stuff.

I discovered that if I had some alcohol before these meetings that I would relax, sort of notch down my anxiety, and not worry about doing what I called "Go nuts."

Needless to say this really started bothering me. But something unexpected happened to me. Instead of being fearful of the attacks I started getting angry at the attacks for wrecking my life.

I saw the panic attacks as an evil entity. My anger at them seemed to keep them away. I ran with it.

On the last day I was sitting in my car at a stoplight. I saw it this way.

A panic attack (evil entity) was trying to get into my car and into my head. I screamed at it. I said,  "I told you we were through! Get out and don't come back!"

As I pulled out on the green light I remember seeing the entity back in the intersection being run over by a line of cars. I knew I wouldn't see them again.

Now this worked for me. I got mad and threw them out. But it took me SIX YEARS! Do you want to wait that long?

It may be different for you but I think that, like I do, you'll start to see a lot of parallels to your story and mine. But you don't have to go on for six years!

You can start to end this anxiety/panic attack syndrome right now by going to the one place where tens of thousands of people finally got rid of their fearful disorder.

You get to learn not to fear panic attacks and as soon as you don't fear them, they are gone!

And learning not to fear these attacks is the most natural cure you could ask for. 

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This article was published on 2010/04/01