“Your Anxious Mind Can Only Re-Learn During Times Of Heightened Worry And Anxiety.”
Anxiety which is followed by panic attacks can make a person feel as if he/she is losing all control of his/her life and the surrounding environment, eventually making them think that their life is in danger and that they may die. During episodes of panic and anxiety attacks, a lot of questions pop into the minds, including questions like, Will I die? Will anyone near me help me? Etc.
They may also experience a variety of symptoms which is what triggers such questions. All these thoughts are a normal aspect of anxiety and panic. And the fact remains that symptoms of anxiety will never kill you.
What happens during an anxiety attack?
Let’s assume that a specific situation or an event triggers anxiety and starts the process to a panic attack. The reaction of the person to the stressor causes him/her to feel as if they have lost control. This causes the mind to have racy thoughts and increases the heartbeat. This is the beginning of the ‘flight or fight’ response of the body as it prepares to meet the incoming ‘danger.’ Soon, symptoms like increased dryness of the mouth and trembling hands occur.
Adrenaline and other chemicals start to flow across the body, thereby activating the sympathetic nervous system.
It may be noted that this system is key to the occurrence of the fight or flight response, which is an integral survival tactic in humans. This response causes different systems in the body to prepare and deal with the imminent threat; this may include increasing blood supply to regions that require it and restricting other body functions like digestion, etc.
These changes in the body eventually get noticed by the person and awareness of these changes exacerbates the anxiety. Sufferers now focus on chest tightness, shallow breathing, etc., and begin worrying more thereby making the symptoms more intense.
This can then increase the symptoms as well as the anxiety. Increased fear causes the body to increase the production of adrenaline to respond to the danger. This hard-wired normal response of the body to threats gets distorted by anxiety, thereby creating a scenario wherein reaction to that new scenario also seems like danger.
All these factors may cause the sufferer to feel as if they are going to die during the anxiety and panic attack.
However, after the episode is over, people often find it difficult to explain the reason for their strong reaction to the initial situation that triggered a reaction and then snowballed into a full blown panic attack.
The symptoms of anxiety, and panic attacks, can be scary and discomforting, but they cannot kill you even if persons tends to feel so. It is also important to note that anxiety can be easily treated with CBT and NLP, lifestyle changes like meditation, limiting alcohol intake, regular exercise, yoga, etc. Hence, it is definitely not a life-threatening condition.
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