There are so many misconceptions floating around out there about panic attacks. A lot of the time this bad information can make people even more afraid. People Google their symptoms and end up reading horror stories on the internet and this only makes things worse. Its time to clear the air and get the truth out.
Here are 10 common misconceptions about panic attacks & anxiety…
1. That it means you will go crazy or that you already are crazy.
You are not crazy. You will never go crazy. If you were truly crazy you wouldn’t know it or be worried about it. I promise you 100% you will never ever go crazy from having panic attacks.
2. That you cannot lead a happy, productive, normal life.
You will have challenges, and some things that come easy to others may be hard for you, but you can live, laugh, smile, love, and do every good thing life has to offer.
3. That you can’t hold down a job or career.
Again, completely false. A doctor once said that I could apply for disability because of my panic disorder but that it would only make things worse. He was right. Occupation, working, and staying busy is balm for the anxious mind. It is what gets you outside of your house and outside of your head.
4. That you have to take prescription drugs
Taking prescription medications for anxiety and panic is a very personal choice, and should only be done under the care of a qualified and knowledgeable physician. That said, some people choose not to take medication. This is not a given, and there is no right or wrong when it comes to this.
5. That you will be this way forever
I did used to think that I would be highly anxious and suffer from panic attacks forever. But I have been working on my anxiety recovery for a few years now (after doing everything wrong for over 30 years) and I can tell you that I am getting better and you certainly can too!
6. That doctors always know what’s best
In my experience, a lot of doctors and therapists claim to be experts in the field of anxiety, but I only met one in my lifetime who really was a true expert (and had the degrees and awards to prove it). Doctors can advise you but they aren’t gods. No one knows what’s best for you but you. I’ve spent a lot of time educating my doctors about anxiety and panic over the years.
7. That it never gets better, it always gets worse
Panic attacks rarely just go away on their own. If you never do anything to help yourself and just stay on the pity pot, you probably won’t have many break through moments. But anxiety and panic are highly treatable- you can learn to stop panic attacks. So do put forth some effort into getting better.
8. That you are weak and lack courage
Utter nonsense. Anxious people have more strength and courage than most people. We are stronger and braver than hell, we just don’t realize it or give ourselves any credit for it.
9. That everyone can tell you’re anxious
You might think this, but the truth is, most people really aren’t watching you and studying your behavior. You probably do everything you can to hide your anxiety. I know you are at least as stealth as me. Unless you told someone you were anxious, the truth is most people have no clue.
10. That you will pass it on to your kids
While it’s true that some there can be a genetic component to anxiety, it is not set in stone that you will pass it on to your kids. My younger daughter doesn’t have an anxious bone in her body.
And in fact, if your child does develop anxious tendencies (as was the case with my elder daughter), you will have the insight to know to get them help immediately. You are in the BEST position to help them. Remember, anxiety is very treatable- especially in children! And my daughter is fine today. If she ever gets anxious again, I know exactly what to do to help her.
So that’s the scoop. I hope I helped clear up some misconceptions about panic attacks you may have had. Do you have any to add to this list?
I wish you peace,
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