Trans4mind Home Page
~ Making the Human Heart Visible ~

Looking for a better life?

Our online, interactive video workshops present the most effective methods of holistic personal development, combined with personal support from expert life coaches.

Explore Article Library


Panic - What's It All About? And What Can Make It Stop?

By Sylvia Dickens

You'll recognize the symptoms, but in all likelihood, you won't know what caused them.

One day, you're going about your daily activities like every other day. Suddenly, a phenomenal dread passes through your body. Along with the unexplained fear comes heart palpitations, sweating, and a sense that you're losing control.

The first thing that comes to mind is that something terrible is about to happen to you. At this point, you only want to get back to the safety of your home. Nothing else matters but that.

My first panic attack was unexpected and unnerving. I was in my apartment alone at the time. All I could do was curl up in the corner of my sofa and fall asleep. When I awoke, I felt better, but still experienced some discomfort. The most prominent was a fear of being alone again.

Looking back, I can understand how stress in my life had triggered this panic event. My husband and I were preparing to separate. At 32, I'd never lived alone before and was worried whether I could survive. Eventually, panic took over my life, along with fears at every turn.

Today, for the most part I'm panic-free, although I do have mild attacks now and then when stress becomes overwhelming. So what exactly is panic and what causes it?

Researchers have discovered several probable causes: heredity, biological factors, stressful life events, and exaggerated thinking.

Studies have shown that there are specific areas of the brain involved in anxiety and fear. These are the underlying causes of anxiety and panic disorders. The emotion of fear that was supposed to help our ancestors survive threats in the wild have become "confused by modern society.

In the wilderness, man literally feared for his life because of the dangers around him. Today, man uses that same fear response in any situation that appears "threatening". This might be loss of a job, loss of a companion, loss of loved ones and financial difficulties.

They all come down to the basics of life: heat, shelter and food. Remove any one of them and he could die. Today's losses can translate into the basics of life: heat, food and shelter. Without a job and income, we cannot afford these three needs.

Early man needed purpose just as he does today. For this, companionship is the answer. The problem comes when we experience exaggerated thoughts about life events that threaten these needs.

Scientists have discovered that abnormal activity of a small structure, the amygdala, inside the brain might be behind anxiety disorders.

Treatment

Treatment for panic disorder generally includes medications and a type of psychotherapy that teaches people how to view panic attacks differently. Most patients show significant progress after a few weeks of therapy. While relapses might occur, they can often be effectively treated.

You can learn ways to reduce and even eliminate anxiety and live a healthy, happy life again, as I have done.

Copyright 2006 Sylvia Dickens

About The Author

Sylvia Dickens is an award-winning journalist who experienced uncontrolled anxiety attacks for four years. Two years of therapy and medication paved the way for her to discover her own final cure. Today, she is virtually anxiety-free. She strives to help others by reviewing products to help them overcome their anxiety and panic. http://www.book-titles.ca/linden.htm.


AND EXPLORE...

Addictions
Astrology
Careers & Employment
Communication
Creativity
Dating
Depression
Diabetes
Diets
Divorce
Education
Environment
Ethics
Exercise
Family
Goal-Setting
Grief & Loss
Happiness
Health
Kids & Teens
Leadership
Love
Marriage
Meditation
Nutrition
Organizing
Parenting
Psychology
Public Speaking
Relationships
Schools
Self Help
Self Improvement & Motivation
Sexual Relations
Spirituality
Stress Management
Travel and Leisure
Women
Writing


From our extensive site, you'll find good info on many topics using this search:

Support your personal development with these popular and effective hypnosis downloads...

  • Public Speaking Fear ~ Banish speaking anxiety and nerves with hypnosis.
  • Motivate Yourself to Exercise ~ Build a powerful exercise habit that you can't break.
  • Get Rid of Fear & Anxiety ~ Stop worry and apprehension wrecking your life.
  • Self Esteem ~ Break the negative trance of low self esteem and give yourself a chance in life.
  • Create Your Own Reality ~ Use the power of your unconscious mind to transform your life.
  • Deeper Self Respect ~ Use hypnosis to connect with your true inner worth.
  • Detach From Fear ~ Tune out nervousness and anxiety with hypnosis.
  • Improving Concentration and Focus ~ Learn how to discipline, direct and command your mind to improve your performance.
  • Exercise Motivation ~ Give you powerful keys to getting back on track with your exercise - and staying there.
  • Overcoming Shyness ~ Provides an invisible security blanket allowing you to develop social ease and overcome shyness.
  • Quick Confidence Booster ~ An audio hypnosis session that's specifically designed to get you (quickly!) back on track.
  • Stop Negative Thoughts ~ Learn powerful hypnotic techniques to stop negative thoughts before they start.
  • Overcoming Procrastination ~ Let hypnosis help you get on with what you need to do, when you need to do it. Let nothing hold you back.
  • Think Thin ~ Use hypnosis to re-train your brain and lose weight naturally... that's how to get and stay slim.
  • Fall Asleep Fast ~ Relearn how to fall asleep fast and enjoy a good night's sleep.
  • The Next Level ~ Designed to radically boost your performance in any field. It's based on a technique used by top athletes and other successful people to help them make a big stride forward.
This is our selection of favorites, but there's a session for every need! Choose from over 800 Hypnosis Downloads...
Search now on an issue that interests or concerns you...
 
Get a free Hypnosis Download at Facebook
Copyright © 1997-2016 Trans4mind Ltd