What Are Panic Attacks?

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anxiety_disorder_385x261We have all heard this buzzword, but many of us still don’t know what a panic attack is.  Is it like a killer bee attack?  What about an attack of a fifty foot woman, or zombies?  Is a panic attack similar to an attack of conscience?  The answer to all of the above is yes.

When trying to imagine what are panic attacks, try and picture a thermometer next to your body.  Instead of measuring your temperature, though, this device measures your stress level.  For most people, your stress level will be at a bearable level.  If you get bad news, or someone says something rude to you, your stress level will rise.  If you suffer from panic attacks, your stress level will rise sometimes for no reason, and other times it will go up disproportionately to the bad even that happened to you.  When that level gets too high, you may experience a panic attack.
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The Truth About Panic Attacks Disorder

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panic-attack/”>panic-attackYou have made a new friend!  She is out to see a movie with you, when all of a sudden she begins to turn pale.  She stops laughing at the witty dialogue that Hollywood has turned out and instead seems to be focusing on the fabric pattern on the seat next to her.  Your new friend is having a panic attack, brought on by the crowd of unfamiliar people surrounding her in the movie theater.

Panic attacks disorder is a real and increasingly well understood condition that you would do well to learn about. Most people find unpleasant things in their lives.  Some have phobias, which are unrealistic fears of mostly harmless things.  This is different from being afraid of poisonous snakes, or terrorism, or bears.  The difference between a rational fear and a phobia lies in the fact that harmless things can’t really hurt you, whereas bears will on occasion attack people and their families.  Panic attacks disorder is closer to a phobia than a rational fear.  A sufferer of this condition will often take a benign situation and, because of past experience or something they misunderstood, become incredibly scared or unapproachable.
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Treatment for Anxiety Disorders

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dsc0224-main_fullThere are too many sorts of diseases to be worried about these days.  But did you know that worrying about disease can be a disease in its own right?  You read that correctly.  The stress caused by a distraught mind can cause a condition, known as anxiety disorder.  This is a common problem for many in our high tech, high speed culture.  But before you despair, first know that there is treatment for anxiety disorder.

Anxiety disorder is a disease of the emotions and the spirit.  Fixing the emotions is not something many people may believe in, but it can be done.  Some emotions can be cured with medications and surgery, as with traditional diseases, but more often the spirit must be cured with mental discipline.
The first step to opening the mind is realizing that you have one.  Metacognition, the practice of thinking about thinking, will allow the spiritually unhealthy to examine their thought process and the decisions they make.  Examining one’s thought process is a productive way to expand the mind and also directs one’s attention to difficulties within it.
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What Causes Panic Attacks?

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44199-5You have worked with Mary Beth for several years now.  You’ve known her to be a steady, hard worker who is committed to her job and family.  She always presents herself professionally, ready with a joke or piece of office gossip.  She is the model employee.  Then, one day, she calls in sick to work.  Then the next day, and the next.  What is going on?  Finally, you hear that she is stuck in her home, debilitated by panic attacks.  If you are like many people, right now you are asking yourself “What causes panic attacks?”

The answer to this is simple.  In our daily lives, we are asked to do many things.  Oftentimes, these demands cause stress.  Unless we find ways to dissipate this stress from our bodies, it builds up.  When the pressure gets to be too much, we may find ourselves the victim of a panic attack.
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Children Panic Attacks

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panic-attacks-in-children1/”>panic-attacks-in-children1Being around children can be an arduous undertaking for many people.  They need constant help, and constant attention.  The demands imposed by life with a child are daunting, and not to be taken lightly.  All too often, however, we forget the real victims of this crisis; the children.  Children are capable of speaking, eating, and understanding complex adult ideas.  Why should we be surprised when children panic attacks happen?

First, what are children panic attacks, and how is it similar to a panic attack that an adult may suffer from?  Are the causes the same?  Are the symptoms diagnosable with the same rubric that one would use to diagnose an adult?  Is there any hope for the tiny sufferer?  In all cases, the answer to these painful questions is yes.
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