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Panic- There is hope.

Updated on July 9, 2015

Mental Health

Anxiety is Pervasive in our culture

With a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology, I enjoy teaching by writing about different mental health issues. Part of what had me pursue the mental health field was that I wanted to be able to share with others, in an easy to understand language, what different mental health issues look like and feel like so I could offer help. Lets face it, no one has a perfect childhood nor do they come out unscathed by all the dynamics in their family of origin.
The first thing I want to say, is that the most common neurosis in our fast paced, get it now world, is the entire range of anxiety disorders. Today I will share in my Mind Matters segment, what anxiety is, what it feels like and what you can do about it. For more information, you can go to

Healthy Ways of Addressing Anxiety

As a young girl around five years old is when I felt my first pangs of anxiety. I did not have any idea at the time what was happening to me, but now through my education and experience, I do and can share with you how crippling anxiety can be. One must get help because there are times where diet, exercise and doing all the right things just doesn't matter. If you do feel anxiety gripping, make sure to eat a balanced meal, exercise, take your vitamins, and it never hurts to get some good ol' therapy to learn what is upsetting you. Anxiety can feel as if someone or something is smothering you and you can't breathe. In my case, it was anxiety brought on by remnants of my childhood that I had to look at. I remember sitting at my desk and my heart pounding out of my chest. It did not take long for my sister to talk to me at length about panic attacks and what they feel like. Yes, it was a panic attack. You feel as if you want to run from yourself. Here are some tips just in case this happens to you: Make sure to take any tight clothing off that may be increasing your anxiety. Take off your shoes and slowly rub your feet on the floor and take your time and just breathe slow and easy as you rub your feet into the carpet. This will bring you back into your body. When the fight or flight syndrome occurs you really do go somewhere else. Ground yourself and remind yourself that anxiety attacks always have a starting point and an end. Normally one does not go longer than ten minutes, trust me, and this too shall pass. Talk to a friend once you have calmed down get some tender love and care. I would take nice hot bubble baths with candles as I listened to smooth jazz. This helped me tremendously Don't give the power to your panic Once you learn this skill, your off to a calmer way of life. The more power you give anxiety, the worse it will get. The mind can be tricky and you can learn how to outsmart it.

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      Laura Arne 7 years ago from Minnetonka, MN


      I am glad you find this useful. Have a panic free day.

      Enlydia Listener

      I know part of my panic is I am a sensitive. Your spot on. We are just more aware of physical, emotional, and other energies, more than others.

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      Enlydia Listener 7 years ago from trailer in the country

      I deal with the panic and anxiety...I have heard that people who are "sensitives" are affected by the people around you...since you are continually pick up their you think that is possible with you?

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      acaetnna 7 years ago from Guildford

      This is very helpful and it is very useful to be armed with this type of information. Thank you Healing Touch.

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      Laura Arne 7 years ago from Minnetonka, MN

      burning bush,

      I am sorry your spouse has panic. What we know is panic always has a beginning and an end. I hope your spouse has found that sometimes it is ok to take a med to calm down. There are times relaxation just does not work and I take a med. I like to rub my feet in a rug to get back into my body. Take care and thanks for stopping

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      burning bush 7 years ago

      This is great advice. My spouse is disabled due to anxiety and panic attacks. I can say without hesitation that you have perfectly described a typical event. Of course, these attacks can be even more severe and almost take on a life of their own in which case its really a good idea to have someone nearby who can "talk you down". Very good hub and information. Thanks

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      Laura Arne 7 years ago from Minnetonka, MN


      Thanks for the feedback. I agree, what we give power too is our reality.

      Healing touch

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      Laura Arne 7 years ago from Minnetonka, MN


      Thanks for the nice comment. I am glad you feel relaxed when coming to my hub. Glad to be your follower.

      Healing touch

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      kai777 7 years ago from Chicago

      Very helpful! I believe anything you give more attention or power to (good or bad) will consume you. It is best to focus on the positive or things that inspire you. Thanks for sharing.

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      epigramman 7 years ago

      ..gee I hope so because there's a lot of panic ........

      like that old saying by me - when in doubt, panic - or is it - when in panic, doubt - lol lol

      ...but one thing for sure I certainly don't panic when I come here to your hubs - I just relax and gently float down stream ....