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Panic Attacks, Anxiety Attacks are Real

Panic Attacks, Anxiety Attacks are Real

Panic attacks and anxiety attacks are real, but many people think they're made up. Learn what anxiety attacks and panic attacks are and why they are real.

People who live with anxiety and panic know that anxiety attacks and panic attacks are real. Unfortunately, not everyone understands that panic attacks and anxiety attacks are legitimate physical and emotional experiences. Recently, I was watching a show in which a character’s doctor informed him that he had had a panic attack. When this character told his sister, she exclaimed in disbelief, “Are those a thing? I thought panic attacks were something made up by celebrities for attention.” To help increase understanding, I offer an explanation for why panic attacks and anxiety attacks are real. 

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Why am I Panicking? Help!

Why am I Panicking? Help!

Many people living with panic disorder wonder, “Why am I panicking?” Panic attacks can be frightening and frustrating and emotionally and physically painful; it makes sense to want relief from and help with panic attacks. After all, the symptoms of panic disorder are awful to live with. Even worse, sometimes it can seem like there’s no reason for them, no explanation at all. When they continue to strike, seemingly out of the blue, it’s normal to bemoan, “Why am I panicking?” Believe it or not, there can be multiple hidden trauma triggers and other reasons for panic attacks. 

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The Worst Panic Attack Ever and What It Felt Like

The Worst Panic Attack Ever and What It Felt Like

A few days ago, I had a panic attack and I can safely say it is the worst one I have ever had. Panic attacks and anxiety, in general, are nothing new. A couple times a month, I will succumb to the anxiety that builds inside me. There are also anxiety triggers that hang over my head and surprise me from time-to-time. But the room spinning, fight or flight, lose consciousness type of panic attacks I thought were long in the rearview mirror. It’s good to know, even after all these years, anxiety can still surprise me.

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Panic Attacks Explained Simply

Panic Attacks Explained Simply

I have experienced more panic attacks than I can count. On average, I have one panic attack per week, and that is after panic attack treatment. Before I knew what was happening to me, I was experiencing panic attacks multiple times per week. Because I am a social person, I often experience these attacks around other people. This has made me very good at explaining, in layman’s terms, exactly what a panic attack is.

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Panic: Am I Making Too Big a Deal Out of It?

Panic: Am I Making Too Big a Deal Out of It?

If you’ve ever had a panic attack,  you know what it’s like. You’re just going about your life, perhaps in class or a meeting or a store or somewhere else, even home, when bam! Out of the blue, your heart begins to pound and your head begins to swim. The world around you blurs. Your hands shake and sweat. You can’t breathe, and your chest constricts painfully. The ground wobbles, making it all the more difficult for your weak legs to keep you steady. You’re nauseated and oh god you don’t want to get sick. And as if symptoms like these (they can vary a bit from person to person) aren’t horrible enough, on top of all this you begin to doubt and question yourself.

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Anxiety and Racing Thoughts

Anxiety and Racing Thoughts

Anxiety brings with it a seemingly endless list of struggles and frustrations. A very common frustration, and one that for me is incredibly bothersome, is anxiety’s loud, unrelenting hyperactivity.

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My Relationship With Acute Anxiety Medication

My Relationship With Acute Anxiety Medication

When I am having a panic attack, I have a medication I take to help me calm down. I carry these prescribed pills with me and keep a supply in my house and car. I only take this medication when I am positive a panic attack is occurring. It is an acute treatment, not a daily regimen. As you’d expect, the medication has side effects.

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Can I Be Healthy and Still Have an Anxiety Disorder?

Can I Be Healthy and Still Have an Anxiety Disorder?

If physical health was truly the gold standard for living well, instead of just the perception, I would be the luckiest man in the world. In my adult life, I haven’t had the sniffles for more than a couple days. Frankly, my biggest physical flaw is that, as a redhead, my skin burns when I pass a beach-themed vacation poster.

Reality and perception are very different things. While my physical health can be defined as “pretty good for a middle aged guy,” my mental health is best described as “dude, where are your pants?”

I suffer from anxiety disorders. I used to be so bold as to say “an anxiety disorder,” but paranoia, general anxiety, panic attacks, and an ever present feeling of dread forced me to accept that one disorder just didn’t cover it.

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Is Anxiety Only About Fear Itself?

Is Anxiety Only About Fear Itself?

It’s widely accepted by most mental health experts that fear is closely woven with anxiety. I agree, and you might too.

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Anxiety Can Feel Like A Catastrophe

Anxiety Can Feel Like A Catastrophe

Excessive worry doesn’t feel good. Both our bodies and our minds experience it in often painful ways. Anxiety frequently causes the mind to fret over a problem. When we do that, we’re thinking about the problem itself rather than a solution for it, and the problem can become quite a monster. Our thoughts have run away with it and now blow it out of proportion, turning metaphorical little mole hills into gigantic mountains. Problems seem like catastrophes.

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