• Anxiety and Confusion: Overcoming Confusion States in Anxiety and Panic

    Himanshu Dani

    Anxiety/Panic has a peculiar characteristic.

    That is, it produces confusion.

    The confusion is mainly about

    • Your surrounding
    • Your bodily sensations &
    • The weird feelings you get during those moments


    With continued suffering of panic attacks or intense anxiety, it appears that anxiety and confusion are tied together for the worse.

    If you personify anxiety or panic as a devil you can say that it intimidates you every now and then.

    It threatens you with fainting and humiliation in public, heart attack like feeling, fear of craziness, fear of death, etc.

    These are the thoughts and feelings that capture your mind. The result of this is often that you are not that much into your normal senses.

    That is because anxiety consumes your mental energy. This can result in confusion or lack of attentiveness in your routine life.

    It is a state of high arousal which makes your nervous system highly active for considerable periods of time.

    This can temporarily affect the normal functioning of your brains like the clarity of thought and perception. This may lead to states of confusion.

    But remember this confusion is not due to any brain defect or a brain tumor.

    If you have checked with a medical professional and he has assured you that there are no such conditions, you can assume that it is due to anxiety.

    Anxiety and Confusion are always coexistent”

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  • 7 Anxiety Questions answered by Chicago therapist Dr. Helen Odessky

    Himanshu Dani

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    Nothing is better than getting answers to your anxiety questions from an experienced therapist.

    Over past few decades, there has been a tremendous development in the field of psychotherapy for anxiety and depression.

    Even then a majority of sufferers don’t know how, when and where to get help for these conditions. They keep suffering even when appropriate help is available.

    Dr. Helen Odessky has answered 7 questions on anxiety briefly which can motivate you to get therapy as soon as possible and take back the control of your life.

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  • Practice This Visualization Method for Ending Anxious Distress

    Himanshu Dani

    Anxiety causes an imbalance in your life whereby all of the mental worries creates a top–heavy sensation. All of your focus is moved from the center of your body to the head. Schools of meditation often like to demonstrate various forms of visualization method for ending anxious distress. They often propose the fact that our body often loses balance it is under stress for a longer time.

    Here’s how it goes: A demonstration to give you an idea of what it is

    A student is asked to come to the front of the group and stand with his legs apart. The teacher then asks the student to focus on a personal worry or concern. Once the student is fixated on the worry‚ the teacher quietly moves to the side of the student and tells him he is going to attempt to push him over. The teacher pushes on the student’s shoulder and is able to topple the student with relative ease.

    The same student is then asked to forget the worry and focus his attention on a grounding visualization. The teacher once again attempts to topple the student but finds much more resistance than previously. The student is grounded firmly in place.

    The class is given this demonstration to display how important it is to feel grounded and centered in the present and not continuously caught in mental activity.

    When we are caught in anxieties‚ fears and phobias a person can feel disconnected from life as they go through life on autopilot.
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  • What is the Relation between Agoraphobia and Panic Attacks?

    Himanshu Dani

    Often panic attacks do not manifest alone. There is a phobia that is linked to the experience of panic attacks‚ it is Agoraphobia. In most cases, Agoraphobia and Panic Attacks go hand in hand.

    What exactly is Agoraphobia?

    Agoraphobia is the fear of open spaces or of being in crowded‚ public places such as shopping markets. It is a fear associated with leaving a safe zone‚ such as the home.

    Agoraphobia : Know the right things to get treatment

    How does Agoraphobia feel

    Because of a feeling of being vulnerable‚ people who experience this fear often suffer from panic attacks with intense symptoms in these “open” situations.

    It is true to say many people who have regular panic attacks experience different degrees of agoraphobia. Continue reading

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  • Emotional Impacts of Generalized Anxiety Disorder

    Himanshu Dani


     

    Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) affects over 4 million adult Americans every year. This is a condition where the person feels extremely worried or anxious on a regular basis.

    Exaggerated feelings of worry or anxiety are normal in some situations, but for people who have generalized anxiety disorder or related conditions, the feelings are out of proportion with the situation at hand.

    People with generalized anxiety disorder are unable to stop worrying about everyday events and situations and may become overly concerned with money, work, school, health or their families.

    They spend their days in constant worry or anxiety over certain situations, and they often end up feeling worn out, depressed, sad, and cannot enjoy relationships or social activities.

    They spend their days in constant worry or anxiety over certain situations, and they often end up feeling worn out, depressed, sad, and cannot enjoy relationships or social activities. Continue reading

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  • Fear of Fainting and Lightheadedness: Harmless panic symptoms

    Himanshu Dani


    This is how you feel–

    You have this feeling everytime panic strikes you. You feel you are losing balance and that you are about to pass out and collapse. YOU think that it is due to some abnormality related to blood pressure or the balance system in your inner ears (the vestibular system) or that you have a brain tumor which is making you dizzy, lightheaded and feeling like fainting.

    Most of the times the surrounding mimics what you have in your head. That is the combined effect of the interpretation of your situation you are in and the negative thoughts that you already have in your head. Lightheadedness and fear of fainting are interconnected in the case of the people suffering from anxiety or panic disorder. For them, lightheadedness often causes makes them fearful of fainting and collapsing. For the worst, it accompanies weakness in legs and tremor. This ultimately invites a full-blown panic attack.

    In this article, we will discuss the fear of fainting you feel. The goal is to understand why you are scared of fainting.


    The common fears associated with the feeling of fainting are:

    • The dread of a panic attack and fear of fainting in the public places 
    • Fear of fainting while driving or operating machinery.
    • Fear that you have a brain tumor.
    • Fear that you have a heart blockage and that is causing dizziness.
    • Fear that you will lose the sense of balance and you will not be able to stand erect.

     All of these fears are the negative thoughts which are the symptom of anxiety.

    fear of fainting

    Yes. Negative Catastrophic thoughts are a symptom of anxiety.

    Do you want to know how these fears are false?

    For that first of all, we need to understand what fainting actually is:

    fear of fainting

    Fainting occurs when there is low blood supply to the brain. It is a brief and sudden period of unconsciousness which is due to sudden and brief fall in the blood pressure. It means fainting occurs when there is simply less than the needed supply of oxygen to the brain. There can be a host of different reasons which cause a reduction in the oxygen supply to the brain (cerebral oxygen).

    In most cases, that is not all dangerous.  The circulatory system tries it’s best to provide ample of oxygen-rich blood to the brain. But because of some reasons, the deficit cannot be met.

    In this case, the body-brain system has a protective mechanism to restore normal oxygen supply to the brain. The head is above the heart. Therefore the heart has to work harder to supply blood to the brain because the gravity exerts a downward force on the blood.

    Our nervous system then makes us unconscious and we faint. When we faint we collapse on the ground. This makes it easy for the heart to pump the blood to the brain as the body is in the lied down position.It restores the normal oxygen supply to the major areas of the brain. As soon as the condition gets back to normal we get conscious again and we are fine without any harm to our body or health.

    It can be understood from the above discussion that fainting is a reflex to certain conditions in the body which generally are related to the reduced oxygen supply to the brain.  It is a restoring mechanism of the mind-body system.  It restores normal oxygen supply to the brain to make your body function normally.

    So, now it is pretty clear that fainting is not a dangerous or harmful thing.

    What has that got to do with the fear of fainting in the panic attacks?

    Lightheadedness and Fear of Fainting

     

    This is what actually happens– When you are anxious or having a panic attack you are probably breathing hard.

    This increases the proportion of oxygen in your blood. Also, your heart is pounding and consequently your blood pressure rises as you are in the panic.

    So in your case, the two conditions – low blood pressure and low oxygen supply to the brain are not met. This is the reason you don’t faint and collapse.

    Look back and remember your past panic attacks. There is not a single incident of you collapsing or fainting.

    You only got dizzy and lightheaded or disoriented to some extent. Hyperventilation causes these symptoms. It is very common to breathe rapidly and deeply in stress, anxiety or panic attacks. This causes hyperventilation and it makes you go dizzy, lightheaded, tired and anxious. Learning to calm the racing mind helps to calm the body and the hyperventilation. This way you can control lightheadedness better. 

    Again, hyperventilation is not dangerous. It just produces these uncomfortable symptoms which make you believe that you have some serious health problem.

    This video will change the way you think and feel about fear of fainting:


     

     The causes of anxiety and panic disorder are:

    1. Genetic predisposition ( But it does not mean that anxiety is incurable)

    2. Environmental factors/conditions when you were brought up.

    3. Physiological causes.

    When you think of developing self-help strategies for dealing with panic disorder, there is actually no use of thinking about the causes of it. The success of treatment for anxiety and panic does not depend on whether you have understood the causes of them. Neuroticism is treatable with the right kind of thinking and behavioral habits. 

    Genetic predisposition is something that cannot be controlled. Environmental factors, in which you were brought up have now gone in the past and we cannot do anything about them. Physiological causes are the causes which are due to some dysfunctions or diseases in the body. They can be corrected with proper treatment and that can resolve the problem.

    The maintenance factors of Anxiety and Panic disorder are:

    1. Negative thinking.

    2. Fearing the symptoms and panic itself.

    3. Overthinking.

    4. Safety behaviors.

    All these factors are the ones which maintain anxiety and panic disorder in your life. They are the behaviors which psychologists call self-defeating behaviors. You feel that they are saving you from dangers but actually, in reality, they are creating more and more distress for you. See: What I learned about anxiety and panic after watching Annabelle Creation?

    Fear of fainting is one of them:

    Now you know,

    • It is just a fear of fainting
    • Fainting is not dangerous

    A world-renowned Anxiety expert Dr. David Carbonell says he witnessed only 4 individuals in his 20-year long career of the Anxiety Treatment who fainted during panic attacks. Below is the snapshot of his statement on his website. You can see it in here.

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