Will I Go Crazy Because of Panic Attacks?

can I go crazy because of panic attacksOk, so you’ve read a good book like Hope and Help for Your Nerves.*  Still, during panic attacks, you often feel as though you are going crazy.

Are you really losing touch with reality? Is it possible to lose your mind or get locked up because of anxiety and panic attacks?

The answer is simple.

You will NEVER go crazy or insane from panic attacks.

It just feels that way. The symptoms are absolutely terrifying and you may feel like you are on the very brink of death.

Thinking you are going crazy is very common among anxiety and panic attack sufferers.  We KNOW these horrendous feelings and disturbing thoughts are not normal.  We hate the feelings and feel we’d almost do anything not to ever have these awful episodes again. Why wouldn’t we think we were going crazy?

I was told by my psychiatrist years ago that I would never go crazy. He explained that one of the marks of a “crazy person” is that think they are normal and everyone else is not.  Moreover, the fact that I questioned my racing thoughts was actually pretty clear thinking ;)

Talk to your doctor, therapist, or support person

Don’t go at it alone. Expressing your honest feelings to a trusted person is very helpful and will relieve some of the stress. Keeping your feelings bottled up inside will only make you feel worse

KNOW that you are not alone, and that you absolutely will not go crazy or insane or get carted off to a psychiatric hospital because of panic attacks.

Many people with panic attacks can get relief and go on to leave productive happy lives.  I should know, I’m one of them ;)

I wish you peace,

Jill G.

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*Quicklink Resources– My reviews of the books:

The Anxiety Disease by David Sheehan, MD

Hope and Help for Your Nerves by Dr. Claire Weekes Review

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4 Responses to Will I Go Crazy Because of Panic Attacks?

  1. a says:

    i feel iam going crazy all the time…..all the time

    • JillG says:

      If you are suffering from panic attacks, I urge you to try to help yourself. You can get better and you’re not going crazy. Panic tells us were going crazy but it’s just not true. If I believed what my anxious thoughts told me, I’d have been locked up in an insane asylum a thousand times or more. Please take care.

      • Randi says:

        i have been having horrific anxious intrusive thoughts. I have a panic anxiety disorder. and i am scared i am gonna end up a crazy person who loses my husband and family and ends up in a hospital for life. i am trying to find someone who is normal with panic/anxiety problems that i can talk to to know i am not alone with the morbid thoughts i have sometimes that I know is just nothing i would ever do or think of normally…. and I have the fear im going to snap one day and change to a crazy person and do the horrible things i have run through my head.. I hate this feeling. I know its wrong… please help. my email is randiandcory@yahoo.com

        • JillG says:

          Hi Randi,

          I’m sorry you are suffering. You will not go crazy, I promise. It is so scary to have those thoughts though, I’ve been there myself, so I know what you are going through. I hope you will consider signing up for my newsletter (sign up here)- you will get my free report that will help you right away, as well as ongoing emails with tips and information to help you get better. Take care.

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