Did you know that as an anxious person you are actually torturing yourself? Of course we don’t realize it or we sure as hell wouldn’t do it.
Below is the best explanation I have found for why anxious people do this, and what we can do about it to get better.
Dr. Clarie Weekes explains the key to understanding panic attacks: Thinking about panic attacks can actually make it worse. The anxious person has not one fear to contend with, but two.
This is from Peace From Nervous Suffering, page 21 : Being At the Mercy of Panic and Anxiety, this Awful ‘Thing’
Understanding why we react with anxiety and panic attacks to things other people don’t.
Reducing Panic To Normal Intensity
Cure and recovery from panic attacks comes in reducing fears to their normal intensity.
This is the normal reflex we have to fear. Anxious folk quickly add more fear (second fear) to the first, which is why we feel the 2 fears almost at once.
Anxious people are *experts* at second fear. This is all the “Oh my gosh, here it comes!…” “Oh, Sh#t, not again!…” feelings we get as we start to have a panic attack. This is how we torture ourselves without even knowing it.
First Fear Must Always Die Down
Coping with panic attacks and all the horrifying feelings that come along with it.
Panic attacks always have to die down- if we do not add fuel to the fire.
True recovery from panic attacks and anxiety lies in learning to recognize 2nd fear and adding as little of it as possible. This is how you face your fears. Once you can identify 2nd fear, you won’t believe how you’ve been torturing yourself by adding this to your 1st fear without even realizing it.
This is all from Peace From Nervous Suffering, one of my favorite books for coping with panic attacks and anxiety, by the late Dr. Claire Weekes.
I wish you peace,