Are you living with panic disorder and suffering panic attacks again and again?
Not able to get rid of the fearful life?
But there is a good news!
Getting rid of the panic crisis is possible!
No doubt living with panic disorder is absolutely distressing but all it demands is the right mindset.
Panic Disorder is indeed a very vicious problem of extreme anxiety, and it is necessary to understand it well in order to have a chance to get rid of it.
In this article, I want to share with you the 4 mistakes that you must absolutely avoid if you want to end the panic crisis.
I had been making these mistakes in interpreting panic attack symptoms for as long as I can remember.
I wish someone told me some clever anxiety hacks that nobody knew!
Mistake #1: Thinking that the anxiety attack represents some serious problem in your brain and body!
It’s wrong: Anxiety attack, Panic disorder, the Generalized anxiety disorder… all these are not mental illnesses nor they represent any disease.
It’s just a form of stress, certainly at an excessively high level, but it’s still in the realm of stress. And even though stress can be a problem, it has never been synonymous with madness …
… otherwise, everyone on this planet would be crazy…
Often, whenever you have an anxiety attack you believe that you are going crazy or that you will lose control. When I had panic attacks I often felt that I was losing my mind during the panic episodes. I exactly know how painful living with panic disorder really is if at all you have been diagnosed with it.
Over time, I became aware of that the anxiety attacks had absolutely nothing to do with madness. It was depersonalization and confusion that made me feel that way. And you might have read that they are the symptoms of anxiety and panic.
That was because I never did any insane thing. Not even during the panic attack! I often used to feel that I am going crazy and I would hurt others, or insult them or shout out loud on streets like a crazy man. But, to my surprise, nothing like that ever happened.
I never did those things despite having intense panic attacks and depersonalization almost everywhere, on the streets, at home, or even at work.
I understood that the crisis of panic attacks was in no way synonymous with a loss of control … actually, it was contrary to that!
Indeed, feeling a loss of control is a symptom of anxiety. In fact, we are more in control when we are going through a panic attack. It can make living with anxiety difficult but remember anxiety is harmless.
We try to control everything during panic attacks and our body listens to us! It obeys what we tell it. It empowers itself and begins fighting the arousal. It is just a blast of energy.
… and it is this energy that causes the majority of the symptoms.
The nerves in your body follow a protocol given to them by nature. Even if the fear is real your body follows its biological function. Your body is just reacting to a false threat.
Whatever happens, you will stay in control because the body is trying to protect you from an imagined danger. But as you know anxiety is paradoxical in nature. The more you try to control it, the more you have symptoms that appear and give you the impression of the opposite, that is, more fear.
That is because nature has designed panic attacks to save us from dangers not to kill us!
… therefore get out of this mindset right now!
So if there is one thing you can be sure of is that you will not lose control, go crazy, or end up in a mental asylum because of an anxiety attack.
Mistake #2: Belief that if you cannot get out of panic, and that’s because you’re a coward
Very often, people fed up living with panic disorder come to me and tell me that they have anxiety attacks and that they cannot dare to do anything. And so they admit of feeling cowardly. But living with anxiety has nothing to do with cowardliness.
They cannot get out of the anxiety attack or feel panicky, and they feel guilty because they think it’s because they’re not brave enough or they have a very low endurance or tolerance. You might also be feeling so because you are not able to face real life challenging situations that arouse anxiety.
Again, it’s wrong, and again it’s the opposite.
Because anxiety disorders have nothing to do with the dare, tolerance of cowardliness.
When you suffer from anxiety or a crisis of panic attacks, you are constantly confronted with peak intensity fears.
Whether these fears can be justified or not, you believe them to be true from experience.
For some, it’s going to be the fear of public speaking, the fear of driving, the fear of losing control, the fear of supermarkets … the fear of fear itself.
In fact, we are confronted by these fears every day!
If you think that those fears will fade away automatically with some magic button.
…and even if it’s all irrational, you are a 100% sure that it is true. That is how living with panic disorder really is. It persuades you to believe what is not true.
Go and tell the bravest guy in the world “Hey, you have cancer, and you are going to die within one year!” … and observe if he is scared or not!
Or take a praying mantis and ask people to hold it for a minute!
Again, most of the people will be scared by the name of cancer or praying mantis, despite the fact that their mind understands that there is no proof of cancer and that they will die within one year and even knowing that praying mantises are not harmful.
Fear arises because your fear mechanism is already wired that way and you are living with panic disorder. Even if fear is just in your head, it takes a lot of courage to cope with it or handle it.
In spite of those fears, you are living, earning for your necessities, rejuvenating yourself and taking care of your family. You are living with panic disorder and you are struggling every day to overcome it, right?
Well, it takes a lot of courage to do that, not to give up, to continue looking for solutions by reading this article, for example.
Common sense will tell you that you are brave to bear all the anxiety, worry, physical symptoms and the fatigue because of anxiety. The time you have spent in anxiety has not been easy and the one who endures fears and pain are called strong people.
Your sibling or friend did not have such fear, and so they will never have to face all these fears … but you do and that makes you a daring person!
And to live with so much fear is truly courageous.
So you are brave … and besides, that is good because you have understood what courage really is. Majority of people won’t understand it in their lifetimes.
You understand that because you know what kind of courage is needed for living with panic disorder and anxiety.
It can be much easier with the right strategies, the right tools, and a good professional support but you cannot deny the fact that you have been suffering a lot and 99% people on this planet wouldn’t understand how you felt.
You have the courage to face panic attacks because you have often had them. You are tolerating intense panic and you are living with panic disorder every day. This is surely not timidity this is “facing the worst fears.”
Therefore not to exaggerate, but simply remember that you have courage because you have been living with panic disorder for a long time.
And even if you do not feel like you’ve experienced something in life, you’ve already faced some of your worst fears… and that’s not the case with everyone.
Mistake #3: Believing that living with panic disorder is dangerous
And again … it’s wrong! Anxiety attacks are not dangerous…or harmful.
No one has ever died of an anxiety attack despite the fact that you feel an imminent danger to your life.
Well, if you’ve read the other blog posts on this blog, you might have started understanding that anxiety is highly discomforting and painful but it is not harmful. It’s just your body goes into the state of high arousal that it makes you feel that your whole energy is sucked out of your body.
Anxiety has been designed to help you protect yourself from dangers. For example, you will run away if you see a tiger. That is not just because you understand that the tiger will kill you. Along with that, it is also because the fear mechanism has learned from your past experiences that it has to save you and by inducing a panic attack in you. This panic helps you to fly away from the dangerous situation, your encounter with a tiger in this example.
In panic disorder, you feel the fear of the same intensity only with the difference the source of fear is not a tiger or a bear or a height. It is panic itself.
The peculiar characteristic the fear mechanism is that it does not know to make difference between real fears and imagined fears when you are living with anxiety. It works the same way in either case. That is the reason everything becomes fearful while living with panic disorder and general anxiety.
You did not know it, no one explained it to you, and so you probably believed that anxiety symptoms were dangerous. But now you know better….!
These symptoms are simply the consequences of the activation of the fear mechanism and the autonomous nervous system.
The arousal consumes a lot of energy in your body and that makes you fatigued. As a result, feeling weakness in legs is a very common after-symptom of anxiety.
The more you think these symptoms are dangerous, the more they intensify and the more anxiety you feel. That is because anxiety is cyclical in short it is a vicious circle.
Panic attacks not dangerous. The problem with living with panic disorder is that we are scared of something that is actually meant to help us survive.
Mistake #4: Believing that time will automatically resolve your anxiety
This last mistake is probably the worst since what happens is always the opposite of what is expected.
Without understanding anxiety and learning the right coping skills and techniques more the time passes, stronger the fear becomes. Panic attacks do not improve over time. For most people, they only create more problems with the passing time.
The more time you pass living with panic disorder, you become the prisoner of your fear get and trapped in a vicious cycle of anxiety. It is very difficult to get out of this trap on your own.
That is sheer negligence and a great risk in the age where best psychological help for anxiety and panic is readily available.
So if you still have some hope, take action as soon as possible. Do not take the risk of the anxiety crisis continue to ruin every aspect of your life: your work, your relationships, your health …
Do not make the mistake of thinking that it will disappear on its own with time: it’s wrong.
Time will not change anything …has time really changed anything for you until now?
Can you really say that you are “free” from the anxiety crisis?
… or does it continue to rot your life?
Living with panic disorder and hoping for the best time that will magically change your life will only make you suffer more. Get help from a qualified medical health professional today.
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