With so many questions and concerns, I felt it was time to share some panic attack facts! You may be familiar with many of the questions below and may have even questioned them yourself. Let the truth be told for those who want to know!
Am I going crazy or losing my mind?
No! The fact is, you can't go crazy! Anxiety makes you extremely focused and your senses are intensified during anxious episodes. It is a fact that people who are truly losing their minds don't even know it's happening.
Am I having a heart attack or stroke?
No! The symptoms of panic mimic sensations that can be confused with a heart attack. Symptoms like heart palpitations, fluttering, chest tightness, dizziness, shortness of breath, numbness in the face, confusion.... are all things that can happen during a panic attack. Of course, you should never NOT go to the doctors if you are extremely concerned about how you are feeling. However, if you get a good report, trust your doctors!
How long does a panic attack last?
Well, this depends on the person. More often than not, panic attacks usually only last a few minutes. They follow a routine pattern that rises and falls with the rush of adrenaline that pumps through your body. It is comforting to know that your body can only produce so much adrenaline per day, so it helps to burn up the excess through exercise!
Do you need medication in order to recover from panic attacks?
Medication is always a choice. You can recover with or without medication. So to answer that truthfully, the answer would be NO!
Will I ever get better or will I have panic for the rest of my life?
Anyone can recover from panic, even YOU! You don't have to suffer for the rest of your life. Although it may seem like you won't ever get better, be patient with yourself and never give up. You will find recovery as long as you persist. Just as you have the power to recover, you also have the power to keep yourself anxious and struggling with panic. The power to recovery is inside yourself!
How long does it take to recover from panic attacks?
The truth is that everyone is different. Some recover quickly while others take months and even years. I personally believe it depends on how proactive a person is in their own recovery and if they do the work that is required to get better. One thing you can't do is rush recovery. Everyone needs to learn at their own pace and they need to be acceptant of that.
Are panic attacks dangerous?
No, panic attacks are not dangerous. However, suffering with anxiety and panic for long periods of time can greatly affect your immune system and can cause sickness. Stress makes people sick over long term. So it's very important to do whatever is necessary to take good care of yourself and work towards full recovery.
Can you stop a panic attack?
Yes! Absolutely! You can stop a panic attack in it's tracks! It takes some trial and error in learning how, but once you have mastered that skill, you will be able to stop a panic attack even before it begins. This takes lots of practice! The truth is that without the fear of panic, panic cannot even exist! Imagine that!
Why do they seem to happen out of the blue and without warning?
Most of the time, we are so busy that we don't pay attention to what's going on inside of us. We ignore the signs of stress and we push ourselves beyond what we should on a daily basis. Stress overload causes panic! The answer here is to become more in-tune with your thoughts, feelings, and realize that sometimes we need to slow down and be good to our bodies. We all need time to recuperate everyday. Don't ignore the signs of stress in your life.
It is not uncommon to believe that you are somehow different and that your panic is worse than everyone else's. We all think that way. In my experience, panic is stubborn and persistent. It can sometimes take a long time convincing yourself of these truths. Do not give up! Tell yourself the truth always, no matter how you are feeling.