Do You Have Panic Attacks and Anxiety?

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Panic Attacks and Anxiety can Stop you Cold

Have you ever experienced a Panic Attack? Do you know what it is like to be smothered in an array of fears that just hit you out of the blue? There is no warning, no reason for a sudden overwhelming feelings that you are dying right then right there.

My first experience with Panic Attacks happened after the birth of my second child. My husband had taken me out for dinner. After consuming several cups of coffee I experienced, what I now know to be, a full blown panic attack. I had no clue what hit me. It was the most frightening feeling I had ever experienced. I had never heard of a panic attack but when it hit me I thought I was losing my mind.

One minute we were sitting in a restaurant relaxing and conversing. The next minute, out of the blue - BAM - I was hit with a horrifying sense of dread and fear. I had no clue what was happening. I reacted by jumping up and telling my husband we had to leave immediately!

As I ran toward the car I felt my heart raced wildly. I was certain that soon it would stop beating and I would be dead. Then another sensation hit me, a feeling like none other. It felt like the blood was draining out of my body and in response I went extremely weak and felt absolutely terrified.

I had NEVER experienced such fear in my entire life. The worse thing was that I could not turn it off and I could not find its origin nor could I rationalize it away. The fear just took over and held me captive.

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Uninvited Terrorist

That night was the first of many nights when the uninvited terrorist would show up.

When a panic attack hit, I would walk the floors filled with the worst kind of dread, fear and tension you can imagine. I describe it as putting my finger in an electrical outlet and not being able to pull it out.

As my world crumbled around me my family slept peacefully in their beds. None of this made sense to me. I did not let anyone in on the depth of emotional turmoil I experienced. My life became so frightening, there was no place to run, no place to hide. I needed help but I did not want to see a physician because I was sure he'd lock me up and throw away the key.

I was haunted by the threat of another panic attack. I never knew when they would come. These new sensations would hit without warning and take me away mind, body and emotions . I had NO control.

Eventually I got help and learned, to my relief, I was not having an emotional breakdown and it was not a spiritual problem. These symptoms came from a very real physical problem which, once corrected, gave me my life back.

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Getting Help for Panic Attacks

Years later I learned that there are many reasons and there are also triggers that can set off a panic attack. Panic attacks can come as a result of repressed trauma's (PTSD), childhood abuse, abandonment issues, broken relationships, the horrors of war and more.

For me it was a combination of two things; A major hormonal change (weaning off breast-feeding) and a reaction to caffeine. The answers began to unfold one night while I was watching a program on television. The program was about women who were taking progesterone for hormonal imbalance. I saw the connection immediately and knew what had happened in my body. A friend called the Mayo Clinic for me and got me connected to a physician who specialized in hormonal imbalances..

The Physician from Mayo Clinic diagnosed me with severe PMS but classified it as an endocrine dysfunction. The endocrine diagnosis was given so my insurance would approve medical treatment. I was prescribed a specialized type of progesterone which is 100% natural and formulated from natural Yams and Soybeans. Although I was sure this was just another rabbit trail, I was shocked and relieved after receiving this formulation. The progesterone worked right away. As relief spread all through me, I finally knew for sure that I wasn't crazy.

Although most of my anxiety was gone with the natural hormone replacement , I needed to learn how to manage the leftover anxiety that still hung in the air. I received some very helpful resources during that time that taught me how to be in control when those dreaded feelings threatened to undo me.

The best help, by far, came from the Midwest Center for Stress and Anxiety. Lucinda Bassett is the CEO and Founder of the Midwest Center for Stress and Anxiety. The Program, Attacking Anxiety and Depression, has helped millions of people overcome the most severe symptoms of anxiety and depression in a completely all-natural and drug-free way.

This program will give you back the control you lost when anxiety and panic came knocking at your door. Please check it out and don't wait - Life is too precious to waste.

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Music

Music plays a very important role with our moods. Music has the ability to set our nerves on edge or calm them.

As a believer in Jesus I have found peace by allowing scripture, through music, to wash over me. Most often the focus on God's word along with the soothing notes of music will de-stress me and refocus my thoughts on Him.

The featured song, though a lullaby, is beautiful, calming and filled with God's promises for you and for me. Please take a moment to listen and see what happens to your mood. Try listening to a scripture lullaby next time your nerves. ENJOY!

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Mekenzie 2 years ago from Michigan Author

billy, the friend of writers, how blessed I am to see you on my page. This is an article I wrote in the beginning days of my time on hubpages. Seeing your comment here gave me the opportunity to go back and edit the hub. It amazes me to see the progress I have made through my time on hubpages. I did a lot of editing on this one. ;)

So you too have experienced that dreaded fear that hits hard and stops you in your tracks. Good to know that as you have aged you have come to know you will survive anything that comes. Somehow these painful experiences not only teach us but they create a more compassionate and understanding heart in us don't you think?

Thank you Billy for stopping by and adding your thoughts. This hub has reached many and I know there are people today who suffer from panic attacks. I just pray that this article gives hope and sheds a light for those who desperately need it.

Blessings!

Mekenzie


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

This is an interesting topic, and I had to stop and think back on this one. When I was younger I would have panic attacks, and they had the ability to stop me in my tracks. I grew out of it over time...age has a way of mellowing us a bit, and allowing us to see that we will survive anything that comes at us...but man alive it's painful while learning that lesson.


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Mekenzie 3 years ago from Michigan Author

Be thankful friend that you have never experienced a panic attack - I would never wish it on anyone. Bless you for being willing to understand and communicate compassion to those who have struggles with this very real malady.

Blessings to you!

Mekenzie


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Indian Chef 3 years ago from New Delhi India

I never got panic attacks but your hub is very useful for those who get and also for people like me who can appreciate better now what people who suffer go through. Voting it up and awesome.


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Mekenzie 3 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi dear Sparklea, This was a very scary time of my life. Thankfully we found the cause of the panic attacks .. hormonal imbalance. Scripture certainly helped me during those times when my heart was racing and I felt like I was dying. Keeping my mind focused on Him helped me work through the out of control feeling.

The good thing about this horrible time is how God has used it to help me get the word out to women about the importance of getting to the cause of the panic which is the reason I wrote this hub.

Those who have never experienced panic attacks tend to think it's all in your head. They have NO clue. Hopefully the resources I have put in this hub will help many ... it is my goal.

Blessing sweet lady and thanks for your kind words of encouragement.

Hugs,

Mekenzie


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Sparklea 3 years ago from Upstate New York

Mekenzie voted up, useful and interesting!

Wow, what a story! SO glad you were able to find out the problem and I am certain this hub will benefit anyone who reads it!

I've had a few panic attacks but never to the extent of what you experienced.

VERY descriptive and I felt I was right there with you. The feeling of dread and fear is horrendous.

Lots of times if something is bothering me I recite the Lord's Prayer and the 23rd Psalm, ...I WILL FEAR NO EVIL.

Thank you for this very profound and beneficial hub. Blessings, Sparklea :)


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Mekenzie 6 years ago from Michigan Author

It shows the gravity of your loss dear MFB. It is a blessing that it did not take up residence in your life .. many are plagued with panic attacks. I had them too and through the Midwest Center (CD's Listed above) I learned about healthy thinking to help me cope with them as they coursed through my being. Relaxing and releasing them through my fingertips and toes. It worked.. YEAH! Thanks for your comments!

Blessings!


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MFB III 6 years ago from United States

I had a weeks worth of panic attacks after my mother died, I could not get enough air into my lungs, I speckled my nose with breathe right strips, and a trip to the doctor who assured me i was o.k. and that my breathing problem was simply anxiety over my mother's loss. Great hub~~~MFB III


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Mekenzie 6 years ago from Michigan Author

frogy, thanks for the tip about minerals. Not all panic attacks stem from hormonal imbalance. Appreciate your visit! Blessings


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frogyfish 6 years ago from Central United States of America

An encouraging hub for those who need this info. It is true that hormonal changes may cause panic attacks. It is also true that some may lack minerals that increase the power of triggers to cause an attack. Glad you got your help to control your problem.


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Mekenzie 6 years ago from Michigan Author

gf899, I appreciate your comments. Thanks for the cayenne pepper tip - that's wonderful and also a natural product ... I also like how you conceptualized it as a false signal. Your 'talking' it through is part of what I learned to do through the program I used (Midwest Center). I learned to tell myself ... this is JUST a feeling ... it can't hurt me. I also learned to accept the feelings (hard to do) relax my body and visualized the feeelings leaving through my finger tips. It really worked for me. Regarding your ear condition. Do you get hit with a sense of the world spinning? I also have an ear condition that ... thankfully only hits every couple of years...


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gf899 6 years ago from Central Florida

Thanks for sharing Mekenzie,

So many of us suffer in silence for the reason that you pointed out. People look at you like you have a screw loose.

Mine are triggered by inner ear disturbances.I have finally been able to recognize the attacks as a false signal. I take a dose of cayenne pepper in water .It acts as a vasodilator and brings blood to the head and ears. And I tell myself everything is OK, and it passes.


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Mekenzie 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Useful, thanks for stopping by and for your comment. Yes, Lucinda is GREAT and her work has helped many people gain control over their panic and anxiety - I highly recommend the Midwest Center.


Useful Knowledge 6 years ago

My panic attacks came on fast and out of nowhere. I was in college at the time and had to withdraw. It was so bad that I had agorophobia. After a year of therapy, prayer, and medications, I was finally able to manage my anxiety better.

The program that helperd me the most to get through my panic attacks was Lucinda Bassett's "Attacking Anxiety and Depression.

It was a life saverQ!

Thanks for sharing your story.


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Mekenzie 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Pollyanna, I got so I couldn't drive for awhile - it was horrible. One time I drank a very large diet coke ... caffeine again - I had a huge panic attack on an expressway. I got off with my 6 year old daughter - went to a restaurant and tried not to let her know I was falling apart ... (I asked her about it recently .. she's 28 now ... and she said she knew I was having trouble .. she didn't understand it but she was very aware.. so much for trying to hide it!) I had to call my husband who came and picked us up ... I was an hour away from home. Thank God I had a very understanding husband ... Thanks for stopping by.. there are many people who struggle with this malady - I want to get the word out that there are resources available to help them to cope and overcome ... it was years before I found the resources...


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Pollyannalana 6 years ago from US

I use to get panic attacks in traffic, like if it stopped and I couldn't go I just wanted to jump out of the car and run. I have given up caffeine almost completely and it has helped, dark chocolates will sometimes do me that way too,probably caffeine loaded too so I avoid those also.Good hub, great when people want to help.

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