How to Control Panic Attacks

In the first part of this mini series,Why am I having a panic attack?, we discussed the basic science behind why an attack takes place, and the effects that take place in your body.

In the second partWhat causes the mind to jump to conclusions? we discussed how a person can go from having one minor panic attack, to becoming house-bound and racked with fear.

boxerIn this final part, we’ll be discussing some of the simple steps you take to get back control of your life by beating the gremlins that are causing the fear.
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Why Panic Causes The Mind To Jump To Conclusions

mind-words  In the previous part of this series (if you missed the first instalment, you can find it here), we looked at one of the main reasons a person who suffers anxiety attacks becomes labelled with a resulting phobia. This week we’re going to look at why that person becomes phobic, when the cause is completely unrelated.

Let’s start by going back a bit to identify how the mind processes information…

Your mind is a huge library of your past experiences and the resulting smells, sights sounds, feelings and emotions.

It categorises these different events and experiences by linking certain aspect of them to each other in a sort of history chain. For instance a simple example would be that when you were a toddler, you probably touched a hot cup of tea, or a hot radiator, etc and the shock you felt would’ve imprinted on your mind that excessive heat is painful and should be avoided. The next time you approach something that gives off the same sensation of heat, your mind quickly takes you back to how you felt during the first encounter and you immediately move away from the source of further pain.

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Why Am I Having A Panic Attack?

eyesSo, there you are chatting to friend who innocently asks you.. “Why do you keep yourself locked up in this house all the time?, we should go out for the day sometime and have fun!”

Your response is always the same… “I can’t, I have a fear of open spaces. Whenever I go out I have a panic attack, sorry.”

You’ve suffered from agoraphobia for years, but never really understood why.

In the majority of cases, your condition probably began in a way that’s similar to the scenario below.

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