How I found a cure for panic attacks called Panic Away
People laugh at me when I tell them how I suffered a panic attack in a traffic jam. But it’s true – I didn’t know what was going on. I was sitting there and my hands were sweating – my heart was beating faster and faster – there was no way out. I had no where to go – I really thought I was going to die. What about my wife and children, what would they do, the more I thought the worse it got. My heart would stop if it got any faster, or so I believed at the time.
Some how I didn’t die or collapse, I can’t really remember but things got moving and I was relieved to be heading home.
That was the first of many unpredictable panic or anxiety attacks as I later learnt they were. They were extremely frightening experiences. They always seemed to appear from nowhere when I was least expecting them. In traffic or standing in a shop queue.
A panic attack is the normal response to danger or threat exaggerated many times. Adrenalin is produced which triggers the ‘fight or flight’ response. Generally we are no longer in a position to use this adrenalin to run away or start the fight.
Our breathing gets quicker as we struggle to take in more oxygen which the muscles think they are about to need, the heart beats faster and faster to get the blood to them. As blood is diverted to the outer muscles, your skin becomes pale and your mouth drys. Sweating may also increase.
Due to the sudden onset of panic you may feel pains in the chest, dizziness or faintness, tingling of the feet, hands and face, nausea and feeling of needing the toilet.
Once you’ve suffered an attach in a particular place – be it in a traffic jam or whilst locked in handcuffs – the next time you’re in the same situation you will probably experience anticipatory anxiety which starts the whole process off again.
Panic attacks are often linked with agoraphobia which is the fear of not being able to get out of a place or situation. The trapping being the main trigger of the anxiety or panic attack.
Many people, including myself, believe they are suffering a heart attack or some type of nervous breakdown the first time the symptoms occur.
I decided I had to find a way to break the fear of having another panic attack or I would never experience complete freedom from anxiety. Once I found I was making excuses not to go out – I wouldn’t go to restaurants or theatres, I knew I needed an answer.
I did know I didn’t want to go onto ‘beta blockers’ or other addictive drugs – I tried that years earlier and just felt worse.
In 2006 I came across a man who said he could cure me without medication. To be honest I wasn’t convinced – a natural cure, but I would have tried anything – so I did.
I now know that being properly cured of panic attacks is when you no longer worry about having an attack in the first place. I’ve made it through to the other side and life’s much more fun – you should at least have a read of Joe Barry’s Panic Away – it could free you once and for all.
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