Why do we have panic attacks and what can you do about it? Panic and anxiety attacks can be very debilitating and stressful.
They can come out of the blue. At the end of this post is a video that explains what happens when you have a panic attack.
What is a Panic Attack?
Wikipedia defines it as this:
Panic attacks are periods of intense fear or apprehension of sudden onset accompanied by at least four or more bodily or cognitive symptoms: heart palpitations, dizziness, shortness of breath, or feelings of unreality of variable duration from minutes to hours.
Panic attacks usually begin abruptly, may reach a peak within 10 to 20 minutes, but may continue for hours in some cases.
Panic attacks usually subside on their own over the next several hours.
Often, those afflicted will experience significant anticipatory anxiety and limited symptom attacks in between attacks, in situations where attacks have previously occurred. The effects of a panic attack vary. Some, notably first-time sufferers, may call for emergency services. Many who experience a panic attack, mostly for the first time, fear they are having a heart attack or a nervous breakdown.
Common psychological themes associated with panic attacks include the fears of impending death or loss of sanity; depersonalisation is relatively common.
What is an Anxiety Attack?
Wikipedia defines it like this:
Anxiety is an unpleasant state of inner turmoil, often accompanied by nervous behavior, such as pacing back and forth, somatic complaints and rumination.
It is the subjectively unpleasant feelings of dread over anticipated events, such as the feeling of imminent death.
Anxiety is not the same as fear, which is a response to a real or perceived immediate threat; whereas anxiety is the expectation of future threat. Anxiety is a feeling of fear, worry, and uneasiness, usually generalized and unfocused as an overreaction to a situation that is only subjectively seen as menacing.
It is often accompanied by muscular tension, restlessness, fatigue, and problems in concentration. Anxiety can be appropriate, but when it is too much and continues too long, the individual may suffer from an anxiety disorder.
This video describes a typical panic attack.
One way of treating panic attacks is with meridian tapping (EFT). The key is to listen to what your body is telling you and take action. Robert Smith from FasterEFT has hundreds of videos on YouTube to help people with their problems.
Follow this link to YouTube (I can’t embed this particular video) and watch the video where he talks about panic attacks and how he uses Faster EFT