Ever Wonder What Is Happening In Your Brain When You Have A Panic Attack?
brain“The University College London have recently published findings in the journal Science (2007), demonstrating that when people experience extreme anxiety or panic, the activity in their brain moves from the front of their brain to the mid brain. This was demonstrated by scans showing higher blood flow to the section of the brain that was most active. The front of the brain (prefrontal cortex) is where decision making and rationalization takes place. The midbrain (periaqueductal grey area) is where survival mechanisms such as fight or flight originate from.

You are probably well aware that a panic attack is a ‘fight or flight’ response to a perceived threat. The reason the human brain responds like this goes back to our prehistoric past where humans needed their bodies to respond quickly to a perceived physical threat. What this new research is telling us, is that people’s mental activity during a panic attack is suddenly moving to the mid brain, resulting in the heightened state of fear and panic. In short, a separate part of your brain becomes more active during a panic attack.

The problem, as you well know, is that once the panic attack begins and that heightened state of fear starts, it is very difficult to calm yourself down. In order to restore calm you therefore need the brains mental activity to change. This is the reason why deep breathing is so ineffective in helping people control a panic attack. All deep breathing does is try and restore calm to the body. Trying to mentally calm the body is like shutting the gate after the horse has bolted.

perceived-threatsYour brain is the control center and that is where the change needs to happen. During a panic attack your brain has moved into panic mode and in order to really restore order you need to learn how to switch your mental activity back to the rational part of your brain. What’s more is that you need to learn a technique that will allow you to do so in a split second, regardless of where you are or what you are doing.

Sounds complicated? Well it is not. When someone feels reassured that they are safe the mental activity reverts back to the forebrain.The One Move Techniqueâ„¢ teaches you to feel safe in a very simple and easy to apply manner. The One Move is called so because it is in effect a movement of mental activity. It is a technique that moves mental activity away from the impulsive mid brain back to the forebrain……”

“Panic Away” is a comprehensive program designed to help people overcome panic disorder attacks. It involves a variety of different approaches including “The One Move Technique” and has been very effective in helping thousands of people. The program is recommended by therapists and doctors. To learn more about The One Move Technique and other information on Panic Away please go to http://www.panicsymptomsaway.com

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