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A panic attack is an unpleasant and quite severe experience of anxiety that often occurs very quickly and for no apparent reason.
This type of anxiety reaction can have many names : panic attack, panic habit, social phobia, panic disorder, acute stress disorder or agoraphobia. But, whatever the name a ‘panic attack' is an uncomfortable and upwardly spiraling state of anxiety, fear, and intense mental and physical arousal.
Not knowing what is happening or why it is happening makes matters worse - because we now fear of what is happening to us being added to what is actually happening in us.
In other words, we experience a combination of fears - including the anxiety reaction itself plus our fear about what is happening. People often make these comments about panic attacks
My name is Reg Connolly and I experienced my first panic attack around 1975. I had no idea what it was nor what I could do about it. I genuinely thought I was losing my mind. (You can read about it in my blog article here.)
Yes, I very quickly got over it and this is explained in the article. I’d always been interested in how the mind and body work together and this experience prompted me to study counselling (and NLP) with the result that by the early 80’ I began a 22 year career as a lay counsellor and psychotherapist.
Ironically the stress in my personal life at the time plus the stress of studying/exams resulted in a more severe and enduring bout of panic attacks between the late 70’s and early 80’s. I eventually developed strategies for managing and, eventually, eradicating the panic attack habit.
I know from my personal experience, that we can overcome the panic experience. More importantly I know from dealing with hundreds of people who had the ‘panic habit’, in over two decades as a counsellor, that we can make it a short lived habit.
Now at this stage, you might normally expect to get an invite to buy an instant-panic-cure for an unbelievably low price.
But you won’t find that here - unusually for a website, this claim is not made to convince you to buy a product (we are not selling one) - it is made to convince you that the panic attack habit can be overcome with (1) information about what is actually happening in a panic (2) tips and techniques for dealing with the panic habit and (3) quiet and persistent action on your part.
This site will provide you with lots of information on (1) and (2).
You must provide (3).
Yes, the panic attack habit is just that - a habit. It is a learned behavioural pattern rather than a ‘personality disorder.' And it is a habit rather than is it a character ‘weakness’.
A habit is a developed and learned behaviour, This means it can be ‘unlearned' and you can return to normal life relatively quickly. Yes, it will most likely take a little time - and quite a bit of determination - but it can be done.
What next? Arm yourself with information from the articles linked below. From the information developan approach that you believe is likely to work best for you.
There are more articles on Panic Attacks:
Panic demystified - on our other site
For even more articles click on the Feelings>Panic in the drop-down bar at the top of this page.