The first time it will certainly catch you off guard, as a sensation starts to come over your body that you will not recognize. It may be a fear, a rapid heartbeat, your face may feel flush, your hands may tingle, and you may become out of breath. You may feel hot flashes or feel like you’re going crazy. You usually will have an urge to run away or escape the situation that you’re in. It can be sheer terror. However, usually there is no danger at all.
Well, if you have ever had an anxiety attack – panic attack, then you may recognize some of what I have just described, and those are just some of the symptoms. Actually, the attack can sometimes be started by a real event that caused some type of fear response, or it simply may have come out of nowhere and you have no idea why it happened. And that is when it’s really aggravating – when you have no idea why it happened. That makes it all the more scary. It can sneak up on you and have you in a level 10 panic attack and you won’t even know why. Weird. But it has happened to me.
“Oh, good grief, Greg, you’re talking about some crazy people now.” Nope. Not the case. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, in any given year almost two and a half million people can have panic disorder. And these are people from all walks of life. But, as I see the trend continue, I wonder how many thousands or millions more deal with this disorder and are embarrassed to let it be known. Therefore, I believe the numbers could be substantially higher.
It has been a long time since I have had a large anxiety attack. However, I truly remember the awful fear of those moments, and not only that, but the dread, worry, and fear that it would occur again soon – out of nowhere. i was afraid that it would show up again at the most inappropriate time, place, or event and embarrass me to the point of shame. It’s the type of thing that makes you think twice about going to a social event, and may well keep you from living the life that you deserve to live. And, because of that, it’s also a condition that you should do everything you possibly can to rid yourself of it.
Well, there is good news. Very good news. Today the medical and psychological communities are more familiar with panic and anxiety attacks than they war years ago. You can get help in the form of several treatment options. There are some good sources of online help as well. So if you find yourself dealing with a terrible nemesis of panic or anxiety attack, don’t run from it. Run toward a cure for it. Run to deal with it. See your medical doctor. He may refer you to a psychologist or Psychiatrist. Just don’t give up and give in to it. Many times there seems to be a stigma about conditions of anxiety and it causes much embarrassment. Then that embarrassment can prevent people from seeking proper help. Don’t let that happen.
Make a decision that you will not live bound by the chains of any sort of anxiety disorder. You don’t have to. We’ve mentioned that there is much help to be found. There are also ministers who can help in this area. Just remember that millions of other people share your fears and frustrations of anxiety. And also, please know that you don’t have to put up with this aggravation for the remainder of your life. Don’t live a quality of life that is less than what it should be because of the nemesis of anxiety and/or panic. Get help. Do what is necessary and don’t give up. Put your foot down and don’t allow anxiety to rob you of incredibly great times to come in your life. You can win!