Panic attacks start with a rush of adrenaline that can cause physical and psychological symptoms with an impeding sense of doom. It is common for suffers to mistake this for a heart attack, particularly with the shortness of breath and tightening of the chest. This is an extremely intense and frightening experience, by implementing various strategies and techniques you can overcome this disorder and regain control.
Anxiety is normal, it is a fight or flight response that keep us safe and out of harm. However, sometimes this can be activated without the threat of danger and impact your ability to work, have a relationship or socialise. Anxiety can cause feelings of dread, ‘on edge’ and irritability, it can also impact sleep, concentration and create overall restlessness. Physical symptoms such as headaches, nausea, sweating and dizziness may also be experienced. These symptoms can become distressing and overwhelming and may lead to withdrawal and avoidance.
From an existential perspective anxiety has to be confronted, by accepting life’s uncertainties we can begin to move away from old patterns and reliance on a short-term fix. When this is achieved self-confidence builds diminishing neurotic anxiety.