Panic Attack – Beyond the Signs and Into Greater Understanding

So, you had a panic attack. In fact, you’ve been so stressed lately that you’ve had a couple of them. What were the symptoms? Did you begin to shake or shiver uncontrollably? Did you find that you had a hard time breathing? Were you sweating and did your stomach hurt? Did you feel as if you might start to cry? Yup, sounds like a panic attack, or an anxiety attack of some kind, but you already knew that.

Sometimes, we can suffer an attack such as this even when we’re angry if we find that we are under enough stress. Sure it’s frustrating and scary, but you need to know that for many of us, this is just the way our bodies release additional stress or the energy brought about from additional adrenaline. It’s your body’s way of telling you that you need to take some time to ease what causes you stress.

Understanding What’s Happening

One of the most important things you can do when you’re working to understand panic attacks caused by anything is to begin to try to understand what is happening to your body to cause you to have your attack. So, here it is: anxiety triggers the fight of flight response in our bodies, which triggers the release of adrenaline. In short bursts, adrenaline is actually a good thing because it can offer us speed; strength and clearer senses then we would have ordinarily. Some people are able to use their anxiety and channel it into something great, but others are not so lucky, so the adrenaline that their bodies release gets pent up. In most cases, it will go away and not bother you at all; however, if you aren’t releasing the energy that your adrenaline has given you and you wind up being hit with even more stressors, you can find that you’re almost overdosing on the stuff that was meant to save your life.

Many times, what we are identifying as a panic attack is actually adrenaline in our bodies that is not being used up. Eventually, our bodies begin to think that they have no choice but to “operate on overdrive” so to speak, and the adrenaline is just building up. This is one of the reasons that many people wind up suffering from anxiety attacks.

As a result of one panic attack, you might find that you have developed panic disorder or agoraphobia, both of which can be characterized by anxiety and attacks due to certain situations, or you might find that you have no negative side effects at all.

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Keeping it From Becoming Something More

When you suffer from a panic attack, in order to keep it from developing into something worse, such as panic disorder or agoraphobia, you need to take some time to regain your bearings. In other words, what are you feeling anxiety about? Many times, when you add up what you are worried about, it makes sense that your body went on overload and it’s likely just due to the many issues in your life.

Don’t automatically assume that you will suffer from a condition such as agoraphobia or panic disorder just because you’ve been suffering from panic attacks lately. Take the time you need to get some exercise and make sure to “decompress” for a while all on your own. Often, you will find that just by taking the time to put your worries to bed and get good rest, combined with different techniques to properly relax and stay healthy, your panic attacks will diminish over time and you’ll get back to feeling good again.

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About Jennifer Johnson

I suffered with social anxiety and stress for years. I discovered what my triggers were and learned to control them. Hopefully some of the natural anxiety relief techniques I have tried, will also be your solution.

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