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Originally posted by Jukiodone
The key to getting over panic disorder or anxiety attacks is to let go of all the fear next time you have an attack.
I suffered a number of panic attacks after a trip to Thailand where I came the closest to death I'd ever been 3 times in 1 week ( A car crash, a rip tide on a deserted beach and a plane emergency landing- all in one week).
At the height of the attacks I felt completely mentally overpowered by fear.
Unable to rationalise or discuss with those around me I became caught in a random vicious circle of attacks which tended to occur when I was in situations where I knew the attack would cause issues - either social or logistical ( driving, being in a meeting with clients or being in a security line at airports were favourites).
One night, whislt sitting on the toilet, at the height of an attack fearing that I was losing my mind, I just got tired of of the attacks and concentrated on resulting effect.
It didnt seem to get worse, I didnt lose consciosness/have a heart attack and the more I concentrated on whether there were ay detrimental effects; the more the syptoms subsided.
Next attack I just laid back with my hands behind my head and thought "bring it on".
After about 5 minutes the attack ceased.
Next attack I did the same thing and it went within 2 minutes.
Now whenever I get the familiar feeling I picture myslef reclining with a smile knowing nothing is going to happen and the attack never starts.
It's been 8 years snce anything like an attack now and the key thing TLDR: allow the fear to wash over you and see what happens.. you will survive and I guarantee each attack will get better until eventually attacks cease.
Originally posted by thebtheb
I've had panic attacks and enough anxiety over the years.
I agree with the person who said to remember that it will pass, because it's true.
Now I must part ways with nearly everyone and say this: I firmly believe that they don't happen for no reason. The current bubble of psychologists, doctors and sufferers continue to isolate the condition from having anything to do with anything and they try to provide drugs, coping mechanisms etc.
I think a lot of anxiety attacks that seem to come out of nowhere DO come from somewhere. And we can be free of them when we deal with that.
Example: a friend of mine's mother died. She cried a bit, went to the funeral, moved on. Over a year later, she started having HUGE anxiety attacks, couldn't sleep more than an hour a night and had no idea where this was coming from. She got so dysfunctional that two of her friends did an intervention and brought her to a doctor who told her she would need to go on anti depressants for the rest of her life. She refused and went home, continuing with anxiety, no sleep, and panic attacks.
After several weeks of this, the panic/anxiety was replaced with a deep sadness that got worse and worse. Now this is actually what happens to a lot of people with depression. Anxiety precedes their depressive episodes. So she cried, and cried, and didn't know why she felt so sad. Finally after a couple of weeks of this, she started to feel the reason why: she was finally grieving the loss of her mother. After a couple of more weeks of crying off and on, all of it disappeared and she was fine and has been ever since, and this was 10 years ago.
If she'd listened to the doctor, she would be on anti depressants right now and her life would be different, all because she was never allowed to grieve her mother.
Anxiety often precedes depression mainly because one's psyche FEELS a ton of emotion about to erupt. Heavy emotion is SCARY for a lot of us. The anxiety is one's reaction to feeling the enormity of this emotion and it's also one's attempt to stave off this emotion.
In almost all cases, we have previously refused to deal with something, refused to make a change, or to acknowledge certain emotional pain. We've disconnected from it so much, that when the psyche finally has had enough and forces us to feel it, it seems like it's come out of nowhere. But it hasn't.
These symptoms are often also associated with increased spiritual awareness, an awakening of sorts, and is again, our reaction to something enormous we feel inside of us.
If this society would not void everyone of their own responsibility towards anxiety, a lot of people would be a lot happier and not on drugs.
I am not saying anyone who takes drugs for anxiety is weak or wrong for doing so. I AM saying delve into it a little more and question the idea that it comes from "nowhere."