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Anxiety Cure-How to cure/stop Anxiety Attacks Stop@Cure Anxiety Panic Attacks Dead In There Tracks!Eliminate Anxiety and Panic Attacks For Good
If you suffer from...
* a pounding heart, or an accelerated heart rate
* Trembling or shaking
* Shortness of breath
* A choking sensation
* Chest pain or discomfort
* Nausea or stomach cramps
* Derealization (a feeling of unreality)
* Fear of losing control or going crazy
* Fear of dying Numbness or a tingling sensation
* Chills or hot flashes
(Source: American Psychiatric Association.
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders,
Fourth Edition, Text Revision (DSM-IV-TR) 2000 Washington,
DC.) How To Cure/Stop Anxiety Attacks Click Here!
...then you've experienced firsthand some of the possible symptoms
of a panic or anxiety attack. If you are reading this
page because a loved one suffers from these symptoms
and you are trying to understand or help, it's hard
to appreciate what they go through.
Just try to imagine what it feels like to experience one,
if you can.
Here is a typical example:
Standing in a supermarket queue, it’s been a long wait but only
one customer to go before you make it to the cashier.
Wait, what was that sensation? An unpleasant feeling
forms in your throat, your chest feels tighter, now
a sudden shortness of breath, and what do you know—your
heart skips a beat. “Please, God, not here.”
A quick scan of the territory—is it threatening? Four
unfriendly faces queue behind, one person in front.
Pins and needles seem to prick you through your left
arm, you feel slightly dizzy, and then the explosion
of fear as you dread the worst. You are about to have
a panic attack.
There is no doubt in your mind now that this is going to be
a big one. Okay, focus: Remember what you have been
taught, and it is time now to apply the coping techniques.
Begin the deep breathing exercise your doctor recommended.
In through the nose, out through the mouth.
Think relaxing thoughts, and again, while breathing in, think
“Relax,” and then breathe out. But it doesn’t seem to
be having any positive effect; in fact, just concentrating
on breathing is making you feel self-conscious and more
Okay, coping technique 2:
Gradual muscle relaxation. Tense both shoulders, hold for 10
seconds, then release. Try it again. No; still no difference.
The anxiety is getting worse and the very fact that
you are out of coping techniques worsens your panic.
If only you were surrounded by your family, or a close
friend were beside you so you could feel more confident
in dealing with this situation.
Now, the adrenaline is really pumping through your system,
your body is tingling with uncomfortable sensations,
and now the dreaded feeling of losing complete control
engulfs your emotions. No one around you has any idea
of the sheer terror you are experiencing. For them,
it’s just a regular day and another frustratingly slow
queue in the supermarket.
You are out of options. Time for Plan C.
The most basic coping skill of all is “fleeing.” Excuse
yourself from the queue; you are slightly embarrassed
as it is now that it is your turn to pay. The cashier
is looking bewildered as you leave your shopping behind
and stroll towards the door. There is no time for excuses—you
need to be alone. You leave the supermarket and get
into your car to ride it out alone. Could this be the
big one? The one you fear will push you over the edge
mentally and physically. Ten minutes later the panic
It’s 10:30 a.m. How are you going to make it through the
rest of the day?
If you suffer from panic or anxiety attacks, the above
scenerio probably sounds very familiar. It may have
even induced feelings of anxiety and panic just reading
it. The particular situations that trigger your panic
and anxiety may differ; maybe the bodily sensations
are a little different. Or maybe it happened to you
for the first time on a plane, in the dentist chair,
or even at home, while doing nothing in particular.
If you have ever had what has become known as a “panic
attack,” take comfort in the fact that you are by no
A panic attack always comes with the acute sense of impending
doom. You feel you are either about to lose your mind
or one of your vital bodily functions is about to cease
functioning and you will end your days right there among
the canned goods and frozen food.
You are by no means alone; you’re not even one in a million.
In America, it is estimated that almost 5% of the population
suffer from some form of anxiety disorder. For some,
it may be the infrequent panic attacks that only crop
up in particular situations-like when having to speak
in front of others, while, for other people, it can
be so frequent and recurring that it inhibits them from
leaving their home. Frequent panic attacks often develop
into what medical physicians refer to as an “anxiety
One of the first steps to regaining control of your life
is getting helpful information. This site will give
you that, and more.
The beginning of your recovery starts here. What you will
learn is that there is a very good chance you are about
to end the cycle of panic attacks in your life. You
will learn not only to regain the carefree life you
remember once having, but will also gain new confidence
in living. Your answer to living free from “panic” or
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This site demonstrates that the panic and anxiety that you
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Did you know...?
The key difference between someone who is cured of panic
attacks and those who are not is really very simple.
The people who are cured no longer fear panic attacks.
I’ll try to show you how to be one of these people as
What if I told you the trick to ending panic and anxiety
attacks is to want to have one. That sounds strange,
even contradictory, but let me explain.
The trick to panic attacks is wanting to have one-the wanting
pushes it away. Can you have a panic attack in this
very second? No!
You know the saying that "what you resist, persists."
Well that saying applies perfectly to fear. If you resist
a situation out of fear, the fear around that issue
will persist. How do you stop resisting–you move directly
into it, into the path of the anxiety, and by doing
so it cannot persist.
In essence what this means is that if you daily voluntarily
seek to have a panic attack, you cannot have one. Try
in this very moment to have a panic attack and I will
guarantee you cannot. You may not realize it but you
have always decided to panic. You make the choice by
saying this is beyond my control.
Another way to appreciate this is to imagine having a panic
attack as like standing on a cliff's edge. The anxiety
seemingly pushes you closer to falling over the edge.
To be rid of the fear you must metaphorically jump. You
must jump off the cliff edge and into the anxiety and
fear and all the things that you fear most.
How do you jump? You jump by wanting to have a panic attack.
You go about your day asking for anxiety and panic attacks
Your real safety is the fact that a panic attack will never
harm you. That is medical fact. You are safe, the sensations
are wild but no harm will come to you. Your heart is
racing but no harm will come to you. The jump becomes
nothing more than a two foot drop! Perfectly safe.How To Cure/Stop Anxiety Attacks Click Here!Causes of Anxiety/Panic Attacks
The short and obvious answer: panic attacks are caused by high anxiety.
But, what exactly is anxiety? Understanding how anxiety crops up will
help you defeat panic attacks.
One of the biggest myths surrounding anxiety is that it is harmful and
can lead to a number of various life-threatening conditions.
Definition of Anxiety
Anxiety is defined as a state of apprehension or fear resulting from
the anticipation of a real or imagined threat, event, or situation. It
is one of the most common human emotions experienced by people at some
point in their lives.
However, most people who have never experienced a panic attack, or
extreme anxiety, fail to realize the terrifying nature of the
experience. Extreme dizziness, blurred vision, tingling and feelings of
breathlessness—and that’s just the tip of the iceberg!
When these sensations occur and people do not understand why, they feel
they have contracted an illness, or a serious mental condition. The
threat of losing complete control seems very real and naturally very
Fight/Flight Response: One of the root causes of panic attacks?
I am sure most of you have heard of the fight/flight response as an
explanation for one of the root causes of panic attacks. Have you made
the connection between this response and the unusual sensations you
experience during and after a panic attack episode?
Anxiety is a response to a danger or threat. It is so named because all
of its effects are aimed toward either fighting or fleeing from the
danger. Thus, the sole purpose of anxiety is to protect the individual
from harm. This may seem ironic given that you no doubt feel your
anxiety is actually causing you great harm...perhaps the most
significant of all the causes of panic attacks.
However, the anxiety that the fight/flight response created was vital
in the daily survival of our ancient ancestors—when faced with some
danger, an automatic response would take over that propelled them to
take immediate action such as attack or run. Even in today's hectic
world, this is still a necessary mechanism. It comes in useful when you
must respond to a real threat within a split second.
Anxiety is a built-in mechanism to protect us from danger.
Interestingly, it is a mechanism that protects but does not harm—an
important point that will be elaborated upon later.
The Physical Manifestations of a Panic Attack: Other pieces of the
puzzle to understand the causes of panic attacks. Nervousness and
When confronted with danger, the brain sends signals to a section of
the nervous system. It is this system that is responsible for gearing
the body up for action and also calms the body down and restores
equilibrium. To carry out these two vital functions, the autonomic
nervous system has two subsections, the sympathetic nervous system and
the parasympathetic nervous system.
Although I don't want to become too "scientific," having a basic
understanding of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system
will help you understand the causes of panic attacks.
The sympathetic nervous system is the one we tend to know all too much
about because it primes our body for action, readies us for the “fight
or flight” response, while the parasympathetic nervous system is the
one we love dearly as it serves as our restoring system, which returns
the body to its normal state.
When either of these systems is activated, they stimulate the whole
body, which has an “all or nothing” effect. This explains why when a
panic attack occurs, the individual often feels a number of different
sensations throughout the body.
The sympathetic system is responsible for releasing the adrenaline from
the adrenal glands on the kidneys. These are small glands located just
above the kidneys. Less known, however, is that the adrenal glands also
release adrenaline, which functions as the body’s chemical messengers
to keep the activity going. When a panic attack begins, it does not
switch off as easily as it is turned on. There is always a period of
what would seem increased or continued anxiety, as these messengers
travel throughout the body. Think of them as one of the physiological
causes of panic attacks, if you will.
After a period of time, the parasympathetic nervous system gets called
into action. Its role is to return the body to normal functioning once
the perceived danger is gone. The parasympathetic system is the system
we all know and love, because it returns us to a calm relaxed state.
When we engage in a coping strategy that we have learned, for example,
a relaxation technique, we are in fact willing the parasympathetic
nervous system into action. A good thing to remember is that this
system will be brought into action at some stage whether we will it or
not. The body cannot continue in an ever-increasing spiral of anxiety.
It reaches a point where it simply must kick in, relaxing the body.
This is one of the many built-in protection systems our bodies have for
You can do your best with worrying thoughts, keeping the sympathetic
nervous system going, but eventually it stops. In time, it becomes a
little smarter than us, and realizes that there really is no danger.
Our bodies are incredibly intelligent—modern science is always
discovering amazing patterns of intelligence that run throughout the
cells of our body. Our body seems to have infinite ways of dealing with
the most complicated array of functions we take for granted. Rest
assured that your body’s primary goal is to keep you alive and well.
Not so convinced?
Try holding your breath for as long as you can. No matter how strong
your mental will is, it can never override the will of the body. This
is good news—no matter how hard you try to convince yourself that you
are gong to die from a panic attack, you won’t. Your body will override
that fear and search for a state of balance. There has never been a
reported incident of someone dying from a panic attack.
Remember this next time you have a panic attack; he causes of panic
attacks cannot do you any physical harm. Your mind may make the
sensations continue longer than the body intended, but eventually
everything will return to a state of balance. In fact, balance
(homeostasis) is what our body continually strives for.
The interference for your body is nothing more than the sensations of
doing rigorous exercise. Our body is not alarmed by these symptoms. Why
should it be? It knows its own capability. It’s our thinking minds that
panic, which overreact and scream in sheer terror! We tend to fear the
worst and exaggerate our own sensations. A quickened heart beat becomes
a heart attack. An overactive mind seems like a close shave with
schizophrenia. Is it our fault? Not really—we are simply diagnosing
from poor information.
Cardiovascular Effects Activity in the sympathetic nervous system
increases our heartbeat rate, speeds up the blood flow throughout the
body, ensures all areas are well supplied with oxygen and that waste
products are removed. This happens in order to prime the body for
A fascinating feature of the “fight or flight” mechanism is that blood
(which is channelled from areas where it is currently not needed by a
tightening of the blood vessels) is brought to areas where it is
For example, should there be a physical attack, blood drains from the
skin, fingers, and toes so that less blood is lost, and is moved to
“active areas” such as the thighs and biceps to help the body prepare
This is why many feel numbness and tingling during a panic attack-often
misinterpreted as some serious health risk-such as the precursor to a
heart attack. Interestingly, most people who suffer from anxiety often
feel they have heart problems. If you are really worried that such is
the case with your situation, visit your doctor and have it checked
out. At least then you can put your mind at rest.
One of the scariest effects of a panic attack is the fear of
suffocating or smothering. It is very common during a panic attack to
feel tightness in the chest and throat. I’m sure everyone can relate to
some fear of losing control of your breathing. From personal
experience, anxiety grows from the fear that your breathing itself
would cease and you would be unable to recover. Can a panic attack stop
our breathing? No.
A panic attack is associated with an increase in the speed and depth of
breathing. This has obvious importance for the defense of the body
since the tissues need to get more oxygen to prepare for action. The
feelings produced by this increase in breathing, however, can include
breathlessness, hyperventilation, sensations of choking or smothering,
and even pains or tightness in the chest. The real problem is that
these sensations are alien to us, and they feel unnatural.
Having experienced extreme panic attacks myself, I remember that on
many occasions, I would have this feeling that I couldn’t trust my body
to do the breathing for me, so I would have to manually take over and
tell myself when to breathe in and when to breathe out. Of course, this
didn’t suit my body’s requirement of oxygen and so the sensations would
intensify—along with the anxiety. It was only when I employed the
technique I will describe for you later, did I let the body continue
doing what it does best—running the whole show.
Importantly, a side-effect of increased breathing, (especially if no
actual activity occurs) is that the blood supply to the head is
actually decreased. While such a decrease is only a small amount and is
not at all dangerous, it produces a variety of unpleasant but harmless
symptoms that include dizziness, blurred vision, confusion, sense of
unreality, and hot flushes.
Other Physical Effects of Panic Attacks:
Now that we've discussed some of the primary physiological causes of
panic attacks, there are a number of other effects that are produced by
the activation of the sympathetic nervous system, none of which are in
any way harmful.
For example, the pupils widen to let in more light, which may result in
blurred vision, or “seeing” stars, etc. There is a decrease in
salivation, resulting in dry mouth. There is decreased activity in the
digestive system, which often produces nausea, a heavy feeling in the
stomach, and even constipation. Finally, many of the muscle groups
tense up in preparation for “fight or flight” and this results in
subjective feelings of tension, sometimes extending to actual aches and
pains, as well as trembling and shaking.
Overall, the fight/flight response results in a general activation of
the whole bodily metabolism. Thus, one often feels hot and flushed and,
because this process takes a lot of energy, the person generally feels
tired and drained.
Mental Manifestations: Are the causes of panic attacks all in my head? is a question many people wonder to themselves.
The goal of the fight/flight response is making the individual aware of
the potential danger that may be present. Therefore, when activated,
the mental priority is placed upon searching the surroundings for
potential threats. In this state one is highly-strung, so to speak. It
is very difficult to concentrate on any one activity, as the mind has
been trained to seek all potential threats and not to give up until the
threat has been identified. As soon as the panic hits, many people look
for the quick and easiest exit from their current surroundings, such as
by simply leaving the bank queue and walking outside. Sometimes the
anxiety can heighten, if we perceive that leaving will cause some sort
of social embarrassment.
If you have a panic attack while at the workplace but feel you must
press on with whatever task it is you are doing, it is quite
understandable that you would find it very hard to concentrate. It is
quite common to become agitated and generally restless in such a
situation. Many individuals I have worked with who have suffered from
panic attacks over the years indicated that artificial light—such as
that which comes from computer monitors and televisions screens—can can
be one of the causes of panic attacks by triggering them or worsen a
panic attack, particularly if the person is feeling tired or run down.
This is worth bearing in mind if you work for long periods of time on a
computer. Regular break reminders should be set up on your computer to
remind you to get up from the desk and get some fresh air when possible.
In other situations, when during a panic attack an outside threat
cannot normally be found, the mind turns inwards and begins to
contemplate the possible illness the body or mind could be suffering
from. This ranges from thinking it might have been something you ate at
lunch, to the possibility of an oncoming cardiac arrest.
The burning question is: Why is the fight/flight response activated
during a panic attack even when there is apparently nothing to be
Upon closer examination of the causes of panic attacks, it would appear
that what we are afraid of are the sensations themselves—we are afraid
of the body losing control. These unexpected physical symptoms create
the fear or panic that something is terribly wrong. Why do you
experience the physical symptoms of the fight/flight response if you
are not frightened to begin with? There are many ways these symptoms
can manifest themselves, not just through fear.
For example, it may be that you have become generally stressed for some
reason in your life, and this stress results in an increase in the
production of adrenaline and other chemicals, which from time to time,
would produce symptoms....and which you perceive as the causes of panic
This increased adrenaline can be maintained chemically in the body,
even after the stress has long gone. Another possibility is diet, which
directly affects our level of stress. Excess caffeine, alcohol, or
sugar is known for causing stress in the body, and is believed to be
one of the contributing factors of the causes of panic attacks (Chapter
5 gives a full discussion on diet and its importance).
Unresolved emotions are often pointed to as possible trigger of panic
attacks, but it is important to point out that eliminating panic
attacks from your life does not necessarily mean analyzing your psyche
and digging into your subconscious. The “One Move” technique will teach
you to deal with the present moment and defuse the attack along with
removing the underlying anxiety that sparks the initial anxiety.
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Joe Barry is an international panic disorder coach. His informative
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Joe Barry is an international panic disorder coach. His informative
site on all issues related to panic and anxiety attacks can be found
here:How To Cure/Stop Anxiety Attacks Click Here!