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Since 13-18 I been having panic attacks, and I cant really say why. I tried introspecting for a reason, and I remember thinking the first time I experienced anxiety is when I was seperated from my mother as a child ( sounds something Freud would say).

I think what triggered the anxiety was a fearfull experience I had. When too much fluid left my body and it began to shut down, I really belived I would of died...I also recall having the most strongest of my panics when I saw a show called 1,000 ways to die.

If you have any insight as to what causes panic attacks I would appreciate a anwser.

asked Mar 30 '12 at 12:38

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Have you looked on Wikipedia? Here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panic_attack

This should clear some information for you. But instead of going on the Internet for answers, I'd recommend you see a doctor about it. Talking in person is always better.

(Mar 30 '12 at 14:14) Collin1 Collin1's gravatar image

Objectivist psychologists are http://www.drhurd.com/ and http://www.drkenner.com/

(Mar 31 '12 at 05:46) Bas Bas's gravatar image

I've had the occasional panic attack.

For me, it's when I feel anxious, while at the same time desperately wanting not to be nor to appear anxious. The result is a sort of melt-down, where there is a fear of being anxious which makes one more anxious.

For any given situation, one of the following is true:

  1. Being anxious will not alter the situation.
  2. Being anxious compounds an existing problem.

The first case is something like fear of flying. You are in a plane, and anxious about it, but regardless of your mood, the plane either will or will not successfully fly.

The second case is one where you've placed a requirement on yourself not to be anxious, such as on a date with a woman you want to impress, or such as public speaking.

The first case is easier to deal with than the second. But in either case, it is the fear of being anxious that must be dealt with first. Giving yourself permission to be anxious is key. Being able to say "So, I'm anxious. That's interesting." Rather than "I can't be anxious now!"

Getting over fear of anxiety isn't trivial. But the less afraid of anxiety you are, the less likely one is to have a panic attack.

answered Jun 13 '12 at 11:56

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edited Jun 13 '12 at 11:57

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