Panic Attacks - Situational vs. Spontaneous Panic Attack Explained!Author: Bertil Hjert
A spontaneous panic attack is just that, it pops up, out of the blue, at a random time, in a random place. The problem with spontaneous panic attacks is that they create a great deal of uncertainty, leading to situational panic attacks.
If you have a panic attack in the nail salon, you then associate your susceptibility to panic attacks with being closed in and confined. Suddenly, you fear going to the hair salon, going to a concert, a sporting event or any place that doesn´t have an easy exit.
If you do happen to be exposed to one of these places you experience a panic attack or panicky sensations, not necessarily because you would have originally had a panic attack there, but because now you are in such a state of nervousness about exposure to that situation that you end up having a panic attack.
Suddenly the anxiety you feel about the situation you associate with an earlier, spontaneous panic attack is leading to panic attacks in similar conditions when you probably wouldn´t normally have one.
Your anxious thoughts, nervousness and fear that you will find yourself in another situation causes you to talk yourself into such an anxious state that the fight or flight response is triggered leading to another panic attack which then enables you to further associate these situations with panic attacks, thus spiraling the association out of control.
Things can start simply enough and then suddenly one day you wake up and you have a full blown phobia and don´t know how you got there. It´s the anxious talk that fuels the self-doubt and anxiety and we are going to put a stop to it!
End your negative physical and mental reactions to stress, exhaustion and anxiety through positive self talk and alterations in your lifestyle! A few simple changes to your life can help you be better prepared to confront the feelings present in panic attacks and you can train your mind to cope with anxiety so it either doesn´t trigger your fight/flight response or allows the rush to dissipate quickly.
Think of bungee jumping or riding a rollercoaster. What an exhilarating yet terrifying experience all at the same time. Your heart races, your palms sweat, you catch your breath, you feel dizzy and confused yet you don´t panic. Why not? Many of the same physical reactions present in panic attacks are triggered by this insane leap of death or wild ride of fury. Why haven´t you had a panic attack?
The answer is you know what you´re doing, you know when it´s going to end and you know it´s not life threatening if done properly. If you could accept these same facts about panic attacks, their power over you would diminish to such an extent you probably wouldn´t have one again.
The fear and anxiety fuel the panic reactions, once you remove that, the panic is gone.
Skydiving, parasailing, bungee jumping, riding a roller coaster, or taking a plane flight may all trigger a little anxiety, that´s okay, anxiety is part of life. What´s important is that the little bit of anxiety you feel doesn´t develop into a high anxiety experience, thus, triggering a panic attack.
The key to talking yourself off that ledge of panic is to accept that there is no real danger, so there is no real reason to panic. Once you accept this fundamental premise, it can help you control, manage and stop your panic attacks. About the Author:
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