Do You Have Panic Attacks and Anxiety?
Jumping out of my Skin
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.
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.
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.
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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