Severe Panic Attack

I’d never been comfortable in social situations, not even with my family, but I hid my nervousness and anxiety from everyone. Although I talked and laughed as if nothing was wrong, inside I was freaking out! I had my first severe panic attack in 1986, although back then, I didn’t know it was a panic attack.

I was grocery shopping in a newly built warehouse store. Of course, I was nervous. There were wall-to-wall people, babies crying and whining, carts bumping me, and it was nearly impossible to navigate the aisle. On top of that, boxes upon boxes of product were stacked in tall towers on each side of the aisle. I was hot, irritable and claustrophobic, and these feelings intensified with every second that passed. In the paper goods aisle, I lost it! The cases of paper towels were stacked so high that I became dizzy just looking up at them, and I knew they were going to fall on top of me! My heart was pounding, I couldn’t breathe for the lump in my throat, my hair was soaked with sweat, I was trembling all over, and I started crying because I knew the fear and anxiety were irrational, that I was going crazy, and oh God! I didn’t want to be crazy! I ditched the cart and literally ran out of the store with a horde of demons on my tail! Forty-five minutes later, I got out of my car and called my husband to come get me because I having a heart attack!

At the emergency room, I was told I wasn’t having a heart attack, but maybe I should see a psychiatrist.

Severe panic attacks send many people who think they are having a heart attack to the emergency room. The heart attack symptoms they feel are real, but are anxiety-related, not a heart condition. When I first started having panic attacks, they were thought to be delayed reactions to severe childhood emotional trauma, and were treated as psychoses. Doctors now know better and have more effective treatments, such as drugs and behavioral therapy.

In order to defeat panic attacks, you must learn to defeat fear and anxiety, otherwise, all the drugs in the world won’t put a stop to them. True, the drugs do help, but you have to do your part to successfully overcome severe panic attacks.

You start by understanding what triggers severe panic attacks. Triggers can be almost anything, such large crowds of people, a fear of spiders or insects, driving, or getting lost. Take note of what triggers your panic attacks, and instead of avoiding these situations entirely, slowly acclimate yourself to them.

When you feel the first signs of a panic attack, do deep breathing exercises and focus your mind on anything other than the symptoms you feel. Vigorous exercise, such as jogging or power walking helps regain control of your breathing, and gives your heart a real reason to race! Call a family member or friend, and talk about the weather, going to lunch or a movie, just whatever will distract you from the feelings of panic.

In the past year, I’ve learned how to avoid having panic attacks. It took some time and work, and I still have symptoms once in a while, but now I know how to put them down. So, there is hope for you too!

Did you know that every 8 seconds someone in the US has a panic attack? True! And sometimes I’m one of them! How about you?

I’ve had panic attacks that have lasted 30 minutes, and was absolutely certain I was having a heart attack! I couldn’t breathe, I had chest and neck pains, my left arm hurt, yet at the same time was numb; how weird is that?. Although I still feel the symptoms of panic attack coming on, from time to time, I’ve learned how to take control of my thoughts and reactions, and have changed my lifestyle to drastically decrease the chances of panic attack. Click Here To find out Step-By-Step how I took control of my Anxiety and Finally Ended My Panic Attacks.

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