PANIC ATTACKS AND ANXIETY DISORDERS ARE INCREASING
Panic attacks and anxiety disorders are on the rise.
I’ve not been able to pick up a health magazine lately without seeing a top story on the increase of panic attacks and Anxiety Disorders, such as Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder and Panic Disorder. In my own private psychotherapy practice, I have noticed the increase as well. There should never be shame in suffering from this disorder.
Statistics taken from research done in 2015 by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) estimate that approximately 18% of the population in the United States, of those over the age of 18, is suffering from this malady.
REASONS TO FEEL ANXIOUS
Actually it’s no wonder that more people are experiencing panic attacks and anxiety disorders, given the state of affairs regarding the leadership of our country, the threat of terrorist attacks, the economy, poor quality of our food sources, pollution of our waters, and the daily exposure to chemicals and toxic environments in which we live.
Some of the disruption to our systems comes from physiological factors. There is still a stigma, however, that anxiety and panic attacks are only psychological. Those who have never experienced a panic attack, themselves, chalk it up to a “Nervous Nelly” personality type. There is often judgment that sufferers are somehow weak and should just “control their emotions.”
At times of adrenal fatigue I’ve experienced panic attacks, myself. They can be scary enough to warrant a trip to the ER. I’ve spoken to some people in the medical profession and we all agree that we would rather have someone be checked medically to rule out a heart attack or some other medical issue and be sent home, than do nothing, resulting in grave consequences.
SYMPTOMS OF A PANIC ATTACK
Symptoms of panic attacks can occur during the day or at night, while asleep. There may be a sense of impending doom, dizziness, lightheadedness, shortness of breath, hyperventilation, heart palpitations or flutters, tingling in hands and feet, chest pains, or clammy perspiration. It’s easy to understand why these symptoms, that mimic a heart attack, can be so frightening. The duration of a panic attack is generally under 10 minutes. The fear can amplify the panic and 10 minutes can feel like two hours.
CAUSES OF A PANIC ATTACK
Anxiety is a normal part of life. Our bodies gets triggered to respond by releasing hormones that cause us to fight or flee for survival. Sometimes, we go from 0 to 60 when we’re not being chased by dragons. Sometimes we just can’t find our cell phones for a few moments.
While mental stress can play a major role, the makeup of our brains, personalities, circumstances, genetics, and other factors contribute. Continuous exposure to EMFs (electromagnetic frequency) from technology and cell phones, food dyes, additives, artificial sweeteners, excess caffeine and sugar in the diet, exposure to toxins, mold, nutritionally empty food choices, improper breathing and poor digestive practices play a part.
NATURAL TREATMENTS AFTER MEDICAL EXAMINATION
Once any medical conditions have been ruled out, one of the quickest and easiest things to do to quell that rising panic is to drink a glass of ice water. It can shock the system a bit and help it recalibrate. Also helpful is deep breath work, like Dr. Andrew Weil’s breathing techniques and muscle relaxation exercises. Enchanted Key #2-Altered Perceptions, replaces negative thoughts with positive ones. Quieting the dragon chatter and amplifying positive self-talk is also useful. Guided imagery exercises, soothing music and visualizations of calm environments help to decrease anxiety. EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) has been shown to be highly effective in dealing with panic disorders and anxiety.
Anti-anxiety medicine is indicated in some cases. Behavioral and cognitive therapy can help with management of the symptoms.
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