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Escalating Fear: Unravelling The Panic Attack Puzzle

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Monday, January 29th, 2024

By Timothy Alor

If you find yourself feeling a certain way without any clear reason, it might lead to something called “Panic Attack.”

Now, let’s break it down.

Imagine  you’re in your kitchen, casually pouring a cup of coffee, and suddenly, out of the blue, you feel a rush of adrenaline. Your heart speeds up, your breathing goes faster, you might start sweating, and your body goes into high alert.

In this heightened state, your mind naturally tries to figure out what’s going on. Without a clear explanation, your mind gets uneasy and may interpret it as a sign of danger. Going back to basic instincts, your mind cranks up the fear, thinking there’s imminent danger. While your heart races, your mind races too, trying to make sense of the situation and decide how to keep you safe.

During this process, your mind might come up with different scenarios – like thinking you’re having a heart attack, worrying about wedding plans, fearing job loss, or even fearing death. If your mind can’t find a logical reason for the physical sensations, it might boost the anxiety to the point where you feel a strong urge to leave the situation.

In short, a panic attack happens when your body reacts strongly without an obvious cause. This triggers a chain of fearful thoughts as your mind tries to understand the situation, often leading to heightened anxiety and the urge to escape the perceived threat. Recognizing panic attacks and seeking support can help manage these tough moments.

Now, let’s talk about dealing with anxiety. Our mind can make it worse, so understanding and finding a solution is key. One way is to give a reason to that panic when there isn’t an actual one – call it excitement. Saying to yourself, “I’m super excited about why I felt that way,” tricks your brain. This is known as “anxiety reappraisal” and helps you take control, stay calm, and think clearly.

Whenever anxiety takes over, take charge of your mind with a simple countdown: 5-4-3-2-1. Start telling yourself, “I’m so excited,” and push yourself to move forward. It can make a difference.

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