Millions of anxiety sufferers want to know how to stop panic attacks. Here’s what a doctor has to say on this…
I listened to an interview last week with Dr. Harry Barry – an Psychiatrist from Ireland who has done a lot of work in the field of anxiety, panic attacks and depression. He became interested in these fields after a young man in his area took his own life after suffering from these ailments.
What the doctor conveyed loud and clear on the interview was how unnecessary the turmoil and suffering from anxiety really is. Learning how to stop panic attacks is really not that hard when you learn and understand just a little about the inner workings of the brain.
Usually when doctors start talking science I tune right out, but this doctor used plain everyday English that was really easy to follow. I’m going to paraphrase him now but try to stay with me- it’s important. Basically he stated that the front part of the brain- the logical, rational thinking center and the middle brain, which is the emotional and irrational part of the mind- are connected.
The middle brain- the irrational thinking part – is what takes over the mind during a panic attack. Makes sense right?
This is because there are lot more pathways going from the middle brain to the front part of the brain. So when you are anxious, it’s easy to flip the switch that makes the irrational brain take over. then you are at the mercy of all those crazy thoughts and symptoms. If you have ever tried to think your way out of a panic attack, good luck. I can tell you from *years* of practice in this area it simply doesn’t work.
But intellect always wins over emotion– especially when it comes to anxious thoughts and anxiety symptoms. So in order to stop anxious thoughts and even stop panic attacks, you need to learn to let your logical, rational thinking center re-establish it’s rightful place of dominance in the mind.
How Do We Do That?
You have to face your fears. You have to sit through the panic. You have to realize that a panic attack is nothing more than a rush of adrenaline. It is a wave that sweeps over you and then eventually subsides.
If you can sit through a burst of adrenaline, you will see that once it starts to wear off, all the crappy feelings that go along with the panic attack go away too- the palpitations, the rapid breathing, the sweating, the dry mouth, the crazy thoughts… It all goes away.
But How Can I Sit Through a Panic Attack? It’s The Scariest Thing in The World
Believe me, I get that. It takes some courage. But not as much as you would think. Once you learn to face the enemy (panic) and do it afraid, you see that it is not anywhere near as scary as you thought it would be.
Really! You won’t die, you won’t go crazy, you won’t have a stroke or a heart attack, and you won’t be carted off to some mental institution. I promise 🙂 They would have locked me up and thrown away the key years ago 🙂
How Do You Know?
Because this is what I have to do to get better. I stayed anxious and numb on medication for 20 plus years because I was too scared to face the music. And I got to a point where I decided this was a really crappy way to live.
My life had to be more than just popping pills and wishing life away because of all my fears.
Today I face the anxiety and panic as best I can, and none of those crazy scary things have ever happened to me. My personal panic attack horror fantasy has been that I will projectile vomit in public. and I have never even come close to doing this, much less embarrassing myself in public. Believe me on this I would not lie to you 🙂
But isn’t it hard to sit still during a panic attack?
Yes (but it does get easier with practice)
Isn’t it easier to take a pill?
What can I do to make it easier to stop panic attacks?
You can do what I do. I work my program that teaches me how to gear up to face the anxiety. And I have my anxiety tool box. I will tell you about it in the next post because this one is getting too long as usual. 😉
So, in closing, do you think you can try to stop panic attacks by facing one head on? I would love to hear what you have to say about this.
I wish you peace,