Well, the first time you experience your nemesis, it may catch you totally off guard. You’re not at all expecting anything simply because you’ve never experienced anything like it. Your heart may begin racing. You break out in a sweat or have a hot flash. You may feel like you need to run for your life – anything to get away from the situation. but what situation? The more you think about the panic you are feeling, the more the anxiety races through your body and you feel that you are certainly having a heart attack or, at best, going crazy. It’s a scary, scary thing.
If you have had any experience with this at all, you may well recognize some of what I just described as a panic attack, or anxiety attack. It may be triggered by a real event such as being stuck in an elevator, or being in a very tightly crowded space, or some other circumstance. However, a major problem is that many times the darn thing doesn’t seem to be triggered by anything. It seems to come out of the blue grabbing you from behind and taking you on an emotional ride that you have no desire to take.
“Ok, now Greg. You’re talking about some fearful, weak people now, aren’t you?” No. Not at all. The people who can suffer from panic disorder can be some of the smartest, most successful and confident people that you would want to know. We are told by the National Institute of Mental Health that, in any given year, almost 2.5 million people in the Untied States can suffer from an anxiety attack. However, in my opinion, due to the fact that we are living in high stress times, plus the many people who won’t face it, and are embarrassed by this condition, I just bet the numbers are much higher.
It has been a long time since I have had a large anxiety attack. However, I truly remember the awful fear of those moments, and not only that, but the dread, worry, and fear that it would occur again soon – out of nowhere. i was afraid that it would show up again at the most inappropriate time, place, or event and embarrass me to the point of shame. It’s the type of thing that makes you think twice about going to a social event, and may well keep you from living the life that you deserve to live. And, because of that, it’s also a condition that you should do everything you possibly can to rid yourself of it.
Well, there is good news. Very good news. Today the medical and psychological communities are more familiar with panic and anxiety attacks than they war years ago. You can get help in the form of several treatment options. There are some good sources of online help as well. So if you find yourself dealing with a terrible nemesis of panic or anxiety attack, don’t run from it. Run toward a cure for it. Run to deal with it. See your medical doctor. He may refer you to a psychologist or Psychiatrist. Just don’t give up and give in to it. Many times there seems to be a stigma about conditions of anxiety and it causes much embarrassment. Then that embarrassment can prevent people from seeking proper help. Don’t let that happen.
Please don’t let panic or anxiety hold you hostage in your life. You don’t deserve to live a life of fear. Get help for your anxiety or panic attacks and don’t wait any longer to do so. As stated, there are many professionals who can help. There are also some well trained ministers as well. Just remember that there are millions of other people who are dealing with the same issues. And also remember that you don’t have to continue to deal with this condition indefinitely. Don’t settle for a lesser quality of life than you deserve. Get busy and get help if that is what you need. Say a firm “no” to panic and anxiety, and especially those attacks. You can win. You ARE a winner!