Saya Pilih Sehat dan Sembuh by Tan Shot Yen
Panic attacks: How do I stop them?
I hav e chosen to focus on my healing, and to say only a few words about my long period of suffering. My own suffering had its unique form, but essentially, it was no different from what you probably already know. After my first two panic attacks, I awakened each morning to an instantly racing heart, hyperventilation, and cresting waves of fear and apprehension. My range of activity for each day was dictated by my agoraphobia, and my range gradually got narrower and narrower. Every aspect of my life was deeply affected. Once, a friend asked me to explain what things I couldn't do. I answered that it would take much less time if I simply listed those things I could do.
The good news about panic attacks , the sudden surge of anxiety and overwhelming fear that occurs for no obvious reason, is that they usually only last about 10 minutes. The bad news: They can be some of the most terrifying minutes of your life. As a result, many panic attack sufferers start to live in fearful anticipation of future attacks, which can exact a huge physical and emotional toll. But by developing coping skills, most people who have panic attacks are able to manage their symptoms. Panic attacks are typically experienced through a combination of uncomfortable physical symptoms , distressful emotions, and upsetting thoughts. Physical symptoms, such as shortness of breath , sweating and shaking , usually mark the beginning of a panic attack. These symptoms typically trigger fearful thoughts and emotions, which in turn can intensify your feelings of anxiety.
Back to Moodzone. Panic attacks can also have physical symptoms, including shaking, feeling disorientated, nausea, rapid, irregular heartbeats, dry mouth, breathlessness , sweating and dizziness. Professor Paul Salkovskis, Professor of Clinical Psychology and Applied Science at the University of Bath, says it's important not to let your fear of panic attacks control you. He says don't look for distractions. Try to keep doing things. If possible, don't leave the situation until the anxiety has subsided.
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A panic attack is an intense wave of fear characterized by its unexpectedness and debilitating, immobilizing intensity. Panic attacks often strike out of the blue, without any warning, and sometimes with no clear trigger. A panic attack may be a one-time occurrence, although many people experience repeat episodes. Recurrent panic attacks are often triggered by a specific situation, such as crossing a bridge or speaking in public—especially if that situation has caused a panic attack before. You may experience one or more panic attacks, yet be otherwise perfectly happy and healthy. Or your panic attacks may occur as part of another disorder, such as panic disorder, social phobia , or depression.