|Apr 04 2011|
I feel that there is a way to train your body to get better. Example: Last year I was having the panic attacks 6-8 hours a day off and on every day. So finally when one would come on I wouldn't be as scared of the body symptoms and it would go away quicker. I don't have them like that anymore. I do still get them and go through my bad days still but I have way more good days than bad.
Slowly after days and months of doing this each time I would get a symptom I would try not to fear it as much and they would become less and less. Practicing this over and over your brain gets use to this reaction I think and then it starts to becomes natural instead of having to try so hard.
Another example: Say my main symptom was chest tightness well because I was not use to this symptom I would get it every day and be scared of it. But then once I realized and truly believed ok this is just anxiety and started applying those thought every time I would get the chest tightness what do you know it would go away quicker and then not come back for some time.
But then of course a new symptom would appear such as shortness of breath. Then I had to do it all over again. Realize it was just anxiety and then not fear it and eventually the shortness of breath would go away.
Then on to the next symptom until I think I had to go through just about every one and stop and realize ok its just anxiety and then each new symptom that would come on I had to not fear in order for it to go away or becomes less intense.
Now this took some time to do about a year for me but for you it may be quicker or longer it all depends on how you can convince yourself not to fear the symptoms.
Don't get me wrong I still get each and every symptom just about but it is so mild and they go away so much faster than they used to because as I said above I have trained my body and mind not to be so scared of them.
The one I still yet to conquer is the racing heart. This is the symptom that I fear the most therefore this is the symptom I get the most. Whats funny is I have not feared it and different symptom will come on and my heart will just that fast slow way down but the other symptom will be really intense for a moment. Then I will not fear that symptom anymore and my heart will start to race again because as I said that is the one that I fear the most.
I still have a long road ahead of me for example I have just recently started to actually feel comfortable in the stores. That took a lot of again training the body to not fear the store. Once I stopped fearing the store so much I don't freak out near as bad as I used to. It's almost as it has become natural to be there.
I never go anywhere alone. I always have someone with me. That is my biggest biggest fear of all. One I yet to overcome and I will one day.
And you will one day get better with the panic attacks it is very possible with or without medication. For me medication didn't work very well. It helped at times but for me because of a phobia I formed and it not working, I have to go it without, But have been very successful without it. More so than when I was on medication.
Medication can be very helpful for some though. I had a cousin who had panic attacks and took Lexapro for them and never had them again. I just wasn't so lucky with the medication.
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