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How to Deal With Anxiety and Panic Attacks

anxiety and panic attacks

Anxiety is defined as a state of apprehension or fear resulting from the anticipation of a real or imagined threat, event, or situation. It is one of the most common human emotions experienced by people at some point in their lives.

However, most people who have never experienced a panic attack, or extreme anxiety, fail to realize the terrifying nature of the experience. Extreme dizziness, blurred vision, tingling and feelings of breathlessness—and that’s just the tip of the iceberg!

When these sensations occur and people do not understand why, they feel they have contracted an illness, or a serious mental condition. The threat of losing complete control seems very real and naturally very terrifying. Fight/Flight Response: One of the root causes of panic attacks?

I am sure most of you have heard of the fight/flight response as an explanation for one of the root causes of panic attacks. Have you made the connection between this response and the unusual sensations you experience during and after a panic attack episode?

Anxiety is a response to a danger or threat. It is so named because all of its effects are aimed toward either fighting or fleeing from the danger. Thus, the sole purpose of anxiety is to protect the individual from harm. This may seem ironic given that you no doubt feel your anxiety is actually causing you great harm…perhaps the most significant of all the causes of panic attacks.

However, the anxiety that the fight/flight response created was vital in the daily survival of our ancient ancestors—when faced with some danger, an automatic response would take over that propelled them to take immediate action such as attack or run. Even in today’s hectic world, this is still a necessary mechanism. It comes in useful when you must respond to a real threat within a split second.

Anxiety is a built-in mechanism to protect us from danger. Interestingly, it is a mechanism that protects but does not harm—an important point that will be elaborated upon later.

The Physical Manifestations of a Panic Attack:
Other pieces of the puzzle to understand the causes of panic attacks. Nervousness and Chemical Effects…When confronted with danger, the brain sends signals to a section of the nervous system. It is this system that is responsible for gearing the body up for action and also calms the body down and restores equilibrium. To carry out these two vital functions, the autonomic nervous system has two subsections, the sympathetic nervous system and the parasympathetic nervous system.

Although I don’t want to become too “scientific,” having a basic understanding of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system will help you understand the causes of panic attacks.

The sympathetic nervous system is the one we tend to know all too much about because it primes our body for action, readies us for the “fight or flight” response, while the parasympathetic nervous system is the one we love dearly as it serves as our restoring system, which returns the body to its normal state.

When either of these systems is activated, they stimulate the whole body, which has an “all or nothing” effect. This explains why when a panic attack occurs the individual often feels a number of different sensations throughout the body.

The sympathetic system is responsible for releasing the adrenaline from the adrenal glands on the kidneys. These are small glands located just above the kidneys. Less known, however, is that the adrenal glands also release adrenaline, which functions as the body’s chemical messengers to keep the activity going. When a panic attack begins, it does not switch off as easily as it is turned on. There is always a period of what would seem increased or continued anxiety, as these messengers travel throughout the body. Think of them as one of the physiological causes of panic attacks, if you will.

After a period of time, the parasympathetic nervous system gets called into action. Its role is to return the body to normal functioning once the perceived danger is gone. The parasympathetic system is the system we all know and love, because it returns us to a calm relaxed state.

When we engage in a coping strategy that we have learned, for example, a relaxation technique, we are in fact willing the parasympathetic nervous system into action. A good thing to remember is that this system will be brought into action at some stage whether we will it or not. The body cannot continue in an ever-increasing spiral of anxiety. It reaches a point where it simply must kick in, relaxing the body. This is one of the many built-in protection systems our bodies have for survival.

You can do your best with worrying thoughts, keeping the sympathetic nervous system going, but eventually it stops. In time, it becomes a little smarter than us, and realizes that there really is no danger. Our bodies are incredibly intelligent—modern science is always discovering amazing patterns of intelligence that run throughout the cells of our body. Our body seems to have infinite ways of dealing with the most complicated array of functions we take for granted. Rest assured that your body’s primary goal is to keep you alive and well.

Not so convinced?

Try holding your breath for as long as you can. No matter how strong your mental will is, it can never override the will of the body. This is good news—no matter how hard you try to convince yourself that you are going to die from a panic attack, you won’t. Your body will override that fear and search for a state of balance. There has never been a reported incident of someone dying from a panic attack.

Remember this next time you have a panic attack; he causes of panic attacks cannot do you any physical harm. Your mind may make the sensations continue longer than the body intended, but eventually everything will return to a state of balance. In fact, balance (homeostasis) is what our body continually strives for.

The interference for your body is nothing more than the sensations of doing rigorous exercise. Our body is not alarmed by these symptoms. Why should it be? It knows its own capability. It’s our thinking minds that panic, which overreact and scream in sheer terror! We tend to fear the worst and exaggerate our own sensations. A quickened heart beat becomes a heart attack. An overactive mind seems like a close shave with schizophrenia. Is it our fault? Not really—we are simply diagnosing from poor information.

Cardiovascular Effects: Activity in the sympathetic nervous system increases our heartbeat rate, speeds up the blood flow throughout the body, ensures all areas are well supplied with oxygen and that waste products are removed. This happens in order to prime the body for action.

A fascinating feature of the “fight or flight” mechanism is that blood (which is channeled from areas where it is currently not needed by a tightening of the blood vessels) is brought to areas where it is urgently needed. For example, should there be a physical attack, blood drains from the skin, fingers, and toes so that less blood is lost, and is moved to “active areas” such as the thighs and biceps to help the body prepare for action.

This is why many feel numbness and tingling during a panic attack-often misinterpreted as some serious health risk-such as the precursor to a heart attack. Interestingly, most people who suffer from anxiety often feel they have heart problems. If you are really worried that such is the case with your situation, visit your doctor and have it checked out. At least then you can put your mind at rest.

Respiratory Effects: One of the scariest effects of a panic attack is the fear of suffocating or smothering. It is very common during a panic attack to feel tightness in the chest and throat. I’m sure everyone can relate to some fear of losing control of your breathing. From personal experience, anxiety grows from the fear that your breathing itself would cease and you would be unable to recover. Can a panic attack stop our breathing? No.

A panic attack is associated with an increase in the speed and depth of breathing. This has obvious importance for the defense of the body since the tissues need to get more oxygen to prepare for action. The feelings produced by this increase in breathing, however, can include breathlessness, hyperventilation, sensations of choking or smothering, and even pains or tightness in the chest. The real problem is that these sensations are alien to us, and they feel unnatural.

Having experienced extreme panic attacks myself, I remember that on many occasions, I would have this feeling that I couldn’t trust my body to do the breathing for me, so I would have to manually take over and tell myself when to breathe in and when to breathe out. Of course, this didn’t suit my body’s requirement of oxygen and so the sensations would intensify—along with the anxiety. It was only when I employed the technique I will describe for you later, did I let the body continue doing what it does best—running the whole show.

Importantly, a side effect of increased breathing (especially if no actual activity occurs) is that the blood supply to the head is actually decreased. While such a decrease is only a small amount and is not at all dangerous, it produces a variety of unpleasant but harmless symptoms that include dizziness, blurred vision, confusion, sense of unreality, and hot flushes.

Other Physical Effects of Panic Attacks
: Now that we’ve discussed some of the primary physiological causes of panic attacks, there are a number of other effects that are produced by the activation of the sympathetic nervous system, none of which are in any way harmful.

For example, the pupils widen to let in more light, which may result in blurred vision, or “seeing” stars, etc. There is a decrease in salivation, resulting in dry mouth. There is decreased activity in the digestive system, which often produces nausea, a heavy feeling in the stomach, and even constipation. Finally, many of the muscle groups tense up in preparation for “fight or flight,” and this results in subjective feelings of tension, sometimes extending to actual aches and pains, as well as trembling and shaking.

Overall, the fight/flight response results in a general activation of the whole bodily metabolism. Thus, one often feels hot and flushed and, because this process takes a lot of energy, the person generally feels tired and drained.

Mental Manifestations: Are the causes of panic attacks all in my head? is a question many people wonder to themselves.

The goal of the fight/flight response is making the individual aware of the potential danger that may be present. Therefore, when activated, the mental priority is placed upon searching the surroundings for potential threats. In this state one is highly-strung, so to speak. It is very difficult to concentrate on any one activity, as the mind has been trained to seek all potential threats and not to give up until the threat has been identified. As soon as the panic hits, many people look for the quick and easiest exit from their current surroundings, such as by simply leaving the bank queue and walking outside. Sometimes the anxiety can heighten, if we perceive that leaving will cause some sort of social embarrassment.

If you have a panic attack while at the workplace but feel you must press on with whatever task it is you are doing, it is quite understandable that you would find it very hard to concentrate. It is quite common to become agitated and generally restless in such a situation. Many individuals I have worked with who have suffered from panic attacks over the years indicated that artificial light—such as that which comes from computer monitors and televisions screens—can be one of the causes of panic attacks by triggering them or worsen a panic attack, particularly if the person is feeling tired or run down.

This is worth bearing in mind if you work for long periods of time on a computer. Regular break reminders should be set up on your computer to remind you to get up from the desk and get some fresh air when possible.

In other situations, when during a panic attack an outside threat cannot normally be found, the mind turns inwards and begins to contemplate the possible illness the body or mind could be suffering from. This ranges from thinking it might have been something you ate at lunch, to the possibility of an oncoming cardiac arrest.

The burning question is: Why is the fight/flight response activated during a panic attack even when there is apparently nothing to be frightened of?

Upon closer examination of the causes of panic attacks, it would appear that what we are afraid of are the sensations themselves—we are afraid of the body losing control. These unexpected physical symptoms create the fear or panic that something is terribly wrong. Why do you experience the physical symptoms of the fight/flight response if you are not frightened to begin with? There are many ways these symptoms can manifest themselves, not just through fear.

For example, it may be that you have become generally stressed for some reason in your life, and this stress results in an increase in the production of adrenaline and other chemicals, which from time to time, would produce symptoms….and which you perceive as the causes of panic attacks.

This increased adrenaline can be maintained chemically in the body, even after the stress has long gone. Another possibility is diet, which directly affects our level of stress. Excess caffeine, alcohol, or sugar is known for causing stress in the body, and is believed to be one of the contributing factors of the causes of panic attacks.

Unresolved emotions are often pointed to as possible trigger of panic attacks, but it is important to point out that eliminating panic attacks from your life does not necessarily mean analyzing your psyche and digging into your subconscious. The “One Move” technique will teach you to deal with the present moment and defuse the attack along with removing the underlying anxiety that sparks the initial anxiety. © Barry McDonagh

Learn more: Barry McDonagh is the author of this article and an international panic disorder coach. Visit his informative site to learn more about issues related to panic and anxiety attacks and how to solve them naturally.

This video demonstrates the physical sensations that commonly accompany a bout of sever anxiety or what is generally referred to as a panic attack.

Editor’s note: Barry McDonagh’s success in dealing with all forms of Anxiety Disorder is very impressive. If you or a loved one struggles with anxiety I hope this information is helpful… Learn more

36 Comments

  1. Gerald Cross June 10, 2009 Reply

    I am so glad that I found this site, it’s no fun going though a panic attack. I lost two very good businesses in the last 15 months and the tax people have just about drove me crazy. I started to have these attacks while drive on the interstate and bridges it’s so bad now when-ever we go places I find every possible route to avoid the highway, so please tell what can I do?

    • Hi Gerald, I know how difficult life can get when you have to deal with panic and anxiety. I recommend Dr. Joe Berry’s program simply because he has successfully helped so many people through this kind of challenge. I encourage you to follow this link to his site and read his “success stories.” You will greatly encouraged to see how others have overcome challenges similar to you own.

  2. Nea November 13, 2010 Reply

    This is so very informative. I think you should make it a re-post for your more recent readers.

  3. Kevin December 24, 2010 Reply

    That is an excellent article Jonathan. There are so many people who recommend that a person should try to find their unresolved emotions that lead to panic attacks. I completely agree with you that it is not required and in fact blaming things on emotions and other people will only make the condition worse.

    • Hey Kevin, even worse id the way physicians hand out anti-anxiety meds like candy knowing that for for many the long term side effects will be devastating.

    • Jon Marsh March 21, 2012 Reply

      This thing sure is confusing when you see it happen to some one for the first time . Thanks for all the useful information im sure it will help me to deal with it better next time.

  4. Marvin January 11, 2011 Reply

    Anxiety attacks and panic attacks will ruin many families, not just the individual that suffers the attacks. Some of the side effects of the drugs prescribed can be almost as bad as the original problem!

    • Hey Marvin, indeed, one of the side effects is depression and another is suicide.

      • David January 17, 2012 Reply

        Hi Jonathan.

        From your words, one might think that medicating a person with anxiety, most probably, will cause depression and suicide in the long run. Is that what you mean or do you mean that ‘in some cases, it may lead to depression and suicide’?

        Could you please clarify? Thanks in advance.

        Cheers

        • Hi David, clearly, the causes for anxiety and each persons response to medication differ greatly. Statistically, so many people who use anti-anxiety and anti-depression drugs are experiencing adverse effects that they are considering mandatory warnings about the increase of suicidal tendencies and depression (already listed as possible side effects with some of these drugs). The latest studies show that a persons chance of becoming bipolar doubles after five years on these meds. I can’t say how any individual will respond to to these medications over time. Each person has to weigh the pros and cons for themselves. My point is this (and this is only my opinion, nothing more), if there is a natural, drug free way to overcome anxiety, why would anyone risk the drug side effects, especially when you consider the fact that all they do is manage (mask) the symptoms?

  5. David January 17, 2012 Reply

    Hi, Jonathan.

    I just wanted to remark that using meds does not necessarily mean depression or suicide, which I guess many people (specially anxious people) would understand from your words. The picture is not so dark. This said, I prefer not to take any meds because I don’t think we need them.

    I am sure there is a solution for anxiety which may differ from person to person. All we, anxious people, need to do is to take action. Change the way we think and behave, because that’s the root of our anxiety. Find a good psicologist and let him work. Time will make the whole difference, but only if we face fear.

    And my advice for anxious people, do not run away from fear. When it appears, if you cannot stand still, then stand back. But do it one step at a time while feeling it… getting used to it. But don’t run away. Don’t try to control it. Feel the fear… It’s part of our nature. We are alive and that’s why we feel anxiety. It’s good, even though it may take to some time to realize it.

    There is nothing wrong with fear or anxiety, it is only that we think there is something wrong with its symptoms. The worse you feel, the better the moment to prove yourself and face the fear. Nevermind if you fail, do it again, try to reach one step further and stay there until the anxiety goes down. Then take one more step.

    While you may suceed in your first attempt, chances are that you need to try and try until you suceed. Nevermind if you feel bad because you are already feeling bad. You can only win.

    The only way to stop feeling bad all the time is walking towards your fear asking for more. Prove yourself and you will win. We are ALL designed to do it.

    Cheers,
    David

  6. Ronald Rose February 24, 2012 Reply

    I have to commend you for writing this article. Sad to say, but I am typing this comment from a standing position, too fearful to sit down in my chair. I too have suffered with extreme anxiety. It tarnished over a decade of my life then through counselling and medication therapy it gradually subsided. I lived for more than six years without a trace of panic. That all changed very recently. About four years ago my younger sister took her own life. I have never recovered from the loss and feel my re-emergent bouts with panic are due to my mind just now coming to terms with her being gone. Since her death I have been hospitalized four times within the last two years. Twice for bleeding ulcers and the last two due to heart problems. I look at life as a bothersome trial with no good and no purpose. I constantly fight an urge to cry (it just comes on suddenly and without merit). I feel very emotional and volatile. It scares me sometimes. I would never commit suicide (I very much want to live), I just don’t feel as connected or vital in the world as I once did. To further exacerbate the problem I quit my job of 3 years and eventually found a new, lower paying job 7 months later. Unhappiness with my work situation combined with a sore decrease in my savings from the months I was unemployed only adds to my dilemma. What intrigued me about the article and compelled me to read further, other than the fact I was desperate to know the reasons for these inexplicable feelings of illness and danger, were the passages pertaining to the fear of suffocation and fear of the body’s inability to regulate respiration without direct involvement. I noticed, to my chagrin (and relief!), that I indeed was trying to work my body’s natural processes manually and that the over-awareness of my breathing was the primary trigger for my panic attacks. Whew! I must say at this point that I am now seated comfortably in a chair as I finish typing the remainder of this comment.Thankfully, there are individuals, such as yourself, who take time to map out such unattractive, unpleasant experiences from their own lives in hopes of helping others fighting a similar struggle. God bless you!

  7. dave April 16, 2012 Reply

    Very good information on anxiety! I agree that you should never run away from anxiety otherwise you will never learn to control it. Running away from anxiety just makes it harder to deal with your anxiety. I learned to accept the anxious feelings when I get anxiety and I remind myself that nothing bad is going to happen and it will soon pass. Just keep breathing and it will soon pass!

  8. Clare May 17, 2012 Reply

    I had a severe panic attack in the middle of the night 5 months ago (for which I am still recovering). Just a thank you for this article. I had no idea what was happening but googled panic just in case and read this article over and over during the worst moments. It helped a lot.
    Thanks

  9. Jane Ann Sears May 31, 2012 Reply

    I suffer debilitating panic attacks from helicopters. The older I get the worse they are. I walked eight houses to my counseling session last week and ended up under an evergreen tree to hide from it. I was screaming, chest burning, sweating, then I just couldn’t talk at all, hyperventilating, etc. My son heard it and came running with a paper sack for me to breath into and my headset (if I can get music into my head it helps calm me down quicker) I was there an hour before I could come out from under the tree.
    It use to take me a few hours, with the help of Xanax, to come down from the situation and feel somewhat normal. But…. now it takes three or four days to recuperate. I wish I could just be tranquilized for a couple of days so I can recuperate and get myself back together. This experience happened a week ago today and I haven’t left my bedroom since.
    I don’t like this and really want help.

  10. aces August 6, 2012 Reply

    This information about properly dealing with anxiety and panic attracts are truly enlightening. These facts are indeed very effective measures in coping with these conditions. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Raeleen August 25, 2012 Reply

    Jonthan,

    Your article is right on…I have suffered forms of panic attacts for nearly 30 years, but have and still have difficulty in explaining the symptoms and my reactions to my husband, Bill, and our two daughters. After years of relying on Xanax as an aid to get through day to day activies as a mother, wife, and worker, my recent experience tells me that I need to seek a more natural way of coping. In short, panic attacks treated with drugs for all of these years resulted in me attempting to take my life (recently) and leaving every thing I care about, my family. For the first time, Bill and I are reading articles like yours, and we will follow-up on Dr. Joe Berry’s good work, as I truly believe that drug medication is not the long term solution; today, I have my husband, an understanding medical doctor and a therapist (and my support team) helping me live with my panic attacks.

    I can so identify and understand my panic attacts, and finally have my husband working with me to cope and seek the cure to these dreaded, most scary episcodes.

    • Raeleen, congratulations on your courageous decision to get off the drugs and take control of, and responsibility for, this challenge. Your new path may be less convenient at first, but the solution it offers is far superior (and safer) to the easy choice of masking symptoms with mind altering and dangerous chemicals.

  12. Afzal September 25, 2012 Reply

    Dear Jonathan,
    I have severe health anxiety since last 12 years related to heart attack or heart disease, all these years i was fighting the fear of panic, then suddenly i came about a article that, anxiety can cause vaso spasm and make heart attack, since then i started fearing more. I don’t know what is that, how it happens but it make me more fear. The doctors don’t know how to deal with the anxious patients. Please help me how to fight this fear. Even a small twinge is making me fear. I don’t know any details about that, but i misinterpret the name and applies on myself. how it is done, what are the causes, risk factor, age group, etc. can u please help me to remove my fear & let me fight.

    • Hi Afzal, I just added a great little video to the bottom of the article that explains the physical effects of anxiety and panic attacks. I think you will find it helpful.

  13. Shanae October 3, 2012 Reply

    Thank you so much! I have been dealing with panic attacks for about two years now and I honestly thought there was nothing I could do to control them. I just lived my life in worry waiting for the next one to strike. Your information about the nervous system however helped me learn that I am not just an uncontrollable jumble of chemicals. I was afraid of being stuck in pure fear for a long period of time. This article helped me know that my body will relax and calm down. it has to. I know that their are ways for me to control it!!! :)

  14. April October 9, 2012 Reply

    This article really helped me out. Thank you so much for posting it! I am currently suffering from severe anxiety and panic disorder… Sometimes it can make you feel very alone.

    • Shanae October 11, 2012 Reply

      It does feel very lonely. Especially when it is accompanied by depression. I guess it’s something people keep to themselves, yet so many people suffer. You are not alone in the least bit. :)

  15. Danial Garcia February 13, 2013 Reply

    Sometimes dealing with your fears logically and with a dash of common sense is the only way to go. I guess different people deal with things differently which can be allowed. Otherwise you can always consult a good coach.

  16. mike March 3, 2013 Reply

    that video clearly demonstrates exactly what happens in a panic attack. it feels nice to know that it is well documented what it like and that i am not alone. the entire article explains everything perfectly. i believe this article will help me in fighting anxiety and panic attacks. it feels like i may be turning into an agoraphobe. feels like i cant go to places where i am not in control and that i could not escape and find help if needed. i must over come this and get on with my life. sometimes feels like i am losing my mind and am afraid to go to sleep because of waking up in the middle of the night with a panic attack

  17. John Q. March 18, 2013 Reply

    I am strongly convinced that, for some people, panic attacks have their etiology in environmental or dietary triggers. When I get attacks, they usually come “out of nowhere:” I may be reading an enjoyable book and then I start feeling “odd,” as my head starts feeling light, my chest tightens and my heart rate increases. There are no thoughts I have, beforehand, that are filled with anxiety, fears, etc. I am in a good mood, beforehand. I am feeling great, and then—–. While I know that many folks, if not most, out there, may, in fact, trigger their own attacks by obsessing about a certain given issue, or have other sorts of psychological triggers, I know that I have rarely experienced an attack that follows negative thoughts I may be thinking. I wish more work was being done on people, like me, who have attacks “out of the clear blue sky,” which, as I feel that certain pollutants may be the culprit, in part, for my attacks, is both a statement of fact (as I see it) and a pun. Also, at times I may eat something new, for me, and within an hour, or so, I may be hit by an attack. Then, I go over what I’ve eaten, and usually find the likely culprit. FWIW, warmer, humid weather also seems to bring on attacks, for me. During winter months I almost never experience an attack, new food experiences notwithstanding.

  18. Jess April 1, 2013 Reply

    I can’t thank you enough for your article Jonathan. Sometimes it feels like I’m trying to hold myself together, and it’s so up and down I can’t help feeling a little hopeless sometimes – it makes it very difficult to explain/talk about. One day everything is fine and happy, the next the anexity comes with a seemingly inexplicable vengance. It’s comforting beyond words to hear you describe the symptoms and reasons behind our bodies reactions… The logical and calm way you’ve written will be something I refer too from now on. Thank you, and all the best :)

  19. Josh April 7, 2013 Reply

    Hello. I read thru the article and basically thought that was perfect to my situation. I was diagnosed with adjustment disorder with anxiety. I’ve learned many ways to calm down or avoid situatioms all together but one thing still has me beat. My family. Not just my immediate family but. My extended family. They all know I was diagnosed, they all know why (I was diagnosed shortly after my military service ended) but for some reason they seem to think it is nothing. During family gatherings it gets bad. I know my triggers but cannot avoid them at family events. How do I explain to them that I no longer want to go to family gatherings because my anxiety… without backlash. My family is VERY judgemental, which makes it worst, everytime I try to calm myself someone always seems to complain about me walking off or ignoring conversations. Any help would be greatful.

    • Hi Josh, every family has a different dynamic, some are healthy, but many are not. For your own preservation you may to make a decision based, not on their feelings, but on yours. Ask yourself this: If I were not related to these people, would I still keep company with them?

      Let’s look at it from another perspective. If you were a recovering alcoholic who hadn’t had a drink in the last year, but your entire family drank to excess whenever they got together, would you go to a gathering and try to resist or would you avoid the temptation altogether? Either way, there will be backlash. So, explain it to them the best you can and then do what you need to do.

  20. Gina April 25, 2013 Reply

    Thank you so much for this information i thought i was gonna suffocate to death from this :( its quiet weird but i guess all these factors do sum it up

  21. Emmy October 2, 2013 Reply

    Hello Jonathan.
    I am also suffering from severe anxiety n drpression
    . Nothing is really working out me.
    I have constant pain in my chest . 24/7 i am thinking i m going to die. I feel wierd aches in my whole body. I really get worried with every little sensation in my body n feel like dying all the time.pl help me.

    • Hi Emmy, I posted this especially for people in your situation. Joe Barry’s program Panic Away has helped over 70,000 people to beat their anxiety challenges naturally. Think about that for a moment. This relatively inexpensive program has permanently changed the lives of over 70,000 people who were going through something similar to you. My advice would be to get the program and make anxiety a thing of the past so you can have your life back.

  22. Becki February 7, 2014 Reply

    Hi Johnathan
    Great article. I have suffered anxiety for over 10 years. I have had periods of having no anxiety to severe attacks which knock me right back to square one again. I feel for everyone who has commented on this page and strongly believe that medications are not the answer (I have never taken any for my anxiety as I have a phobia of medication) but its all about being strong mentally. This however is not an easy task especially when the anxiety is exhausting you mental and physically. I wish you all peace and the strength to be strong to fight. I had a bad attack again 2 and a half years ago which I am still struggling to get a hold of. I have just joined a gym and manage about 10mins in the there before I have to leave from my panic attacks. (Exercise makes me panic even though everyone tells you exercise relieves the tension and anxiety). before my latest set back I was running 3km so that’s my goal. Wish me luck.

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