Dealing with phobias can be troubling! These little fears can cause big reactions, leading to extreme anxiety, panic attacks and total avoidance of particular people, places, things and activities. For phobia sufferers, their thoughts are always directed towards avoiding that which they fear. Exposure therapy is a great way to lessen the dread that so many phobia sufferers have to contend with but it needs to be approached effectively.
For most sufferers, Agoraphobia is like a living hell. They give up all hope due to the intensity of the symptoms they experience. When treated from an early stage, Agoraphobia can be cured easily. However, since a lot of people are unable to recognize the symptoms, they reach a stage where the condition becomes worse and they tend to fear whether or not cure is possible.
You've had a panic attack, it was terrifying and horrible but now you want to know what to do about it? This is a question that faces so many anxiety sufferers. They don't want to be controlled by their fears any longer but they aren't sure how to change their situation. There are ways you can reduce and even solve your panic attack problems. Find relaxation techniques that work for you, exercise and work on positive thought redirection.
Agoraphobia has been often misinterpreted as a fear of open spaces. In real it is a type of anxiety related disorder. It is termed as Agoraphobia because the fear experienced by the patient is associated with situations that are not in control and provides absolutely no place for escaping. This ultimately leads to a patient holding up on a secure space such as their home. The misconception of fear related to markets and open spaces has been highlighted.
Things can start simply enough and then suddenly one day you wake up and you have a full blown phobia and don't know how you got there. It's the anxious talk that fuels the self-doubt and anxiety and we are going to put a stop to it! End your negative mental reactions to stress, exhaustion and anxiety through positive self talk and alterations in your lifestyle! A few simple changes to your life can help you be better prepared to confront the feelings present in panic attacks.
Your panic attack will not stop your breathing! Try holding your breath forever. You can't do it, eventually your body forces you to take that gulp of air. Think about your panic attacks, did they last forever; did you continue to feel the effects forever? Of course not, your body realized there was no danger and triggered the calming effects of your nervous system.
Did the panic attack kill you? If it hasn't yet, it won't, so accept it as part of your life and try to encourage yourself with positive talk and reassurance that you will survive. You may have thought you were dying the first time it happened, but once you figured out it wasn't a heart attack and the doctor sent you on your way, didn't you understand what it was the next time? Dealing with your panic attacks is really just an exercise in mind over body.
There is a lot of controversy about whether panic disorders, phobias and anxiety can be inherited. Research has not uncovered a magic gene that controls anxiety or clear evidence that your parents are to blame for you condition. That would be a convenient source of blame but it's not the silver bullet.
Understanding why you are anxious and what triggers your anxiety or panic attacks will help you employ your relaxation tools more timely and effectively. A deeper understanding of your anxiety and panic attacks will also help to resolve them. Why you and not them? The answer is, it's not only psychological, it's biological too! You were probably predisposed to an anxiety condition that was then triggered by the stresses of your childhood.
Panic attacks come rapidly, often without warning and in places you would never dream of having them. Understanding the triggers is the first step in preventing panic attacks. The good news is you can help yourself, you can manage and prevent your panic attacks and then change your lifestyle and thought process.
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