Dealing With Panic Attacks

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One of the more difficult things to find information on today is how to deal with panic attacks. It would be easy enough, if it wasn’t for all the useless information out there. Too many people are so enthusiastic to tell us their best method for how to deal with panic attacks, and the strange thing is that many of them don’t suffer from them at all. Ever hear of the expression, “those that don’t, teach”? I’m sure you know what I mean.

One bit of advice on how to control panic attacks, I found was deep breathing. That’s right, you read that correctly, deep breathing. Apparently, it’s supposed to have a calming or relaxing effect on the attack. Well, let me say this about that; a panic attack is something that happens in a part of the brain called the periaqueductal grey area, or mid brain. This is where the “fight or flight” mechanism takes place, where deep-rooted instinctual fear is triggered as a response to a perceived physical threat, and commands are sent to the adrenal gland to pump out more adrenaline into the bloodstream, and we suffer a sense of impending doom that grips us with terror, like an earth falling on top of us all at once, from right out of the sky. It doesn’t happen in the lungs.

So you see, deep breathing is not how to overcome panic attacks. It only attempts to calm the body, not the brain, which is where the calming is needed to take place. Trying to bring calm to the brain through attempting calm in the body is like trying to stop a tidal wave dead in its tracks by eating a bowl of corn flakes. The logic just is not there.

We need to attack the source of the problem – that’s how to deal with panic attacks. If there was just a way, without using drugs and medications that merely numb us, to learn exactly how to go about doing this, then we will be on the right track. Would you like to learn more now?

 

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