Up to 35% of the population experience a panic attack at some time in their lives.   That is a lot of people!

( photo from   calmsage.com re panic disorder and Generalized anxiety disorder – GAD)

What does an attack look like?  Just as people are all different,  panic and anxiety do not always present the same.   Attacks do not have “one look”.

A racing heart and an anxious mind, a change in your breathing, may not be detectable to onlookers. They cannot see your sweaty palms and the sense of worry that overwhelms you.   Remember those experiencing an attack can have as many symptoms as there are body systems! It can vary from one attack to another just enough that you fear and often believe that something is terribly wrong!

Mental torment shows its face in many ways.  Some people withdraw and isolate themselves.   Some people cry uncontrollably. Others sit silently with streams of tears running down their face.  All are battling their own brain,

It is what is raging inside, through your thoughts  –  fear, a sense of spiraling out of control.   You may experience the feeling that your mind has gone blank. You can be overcome with a surge of overpowering panic or the feeling of losing control. You may experience extreme fear. Excessive worry, distress, uncontrollable thoughts of doom, or thoughts of death.  You can become irritable and find it difficult to concentrate. You may experience fright and feel the need to escape.

A little about this blog:

There are 127 published posts.    We answer questions posed by those that struggle with various forms of mental torment. We have helped many overcome panic and anxiety, depression, and excessive worry… (We  also have readers from abusive relationships.  Many have had addictions or prison time.)

This blog can also help family and friends of those that deal with panic and anxiety and other mental health issues. Many of our blog followers are clinicians or overcomers.  We know there is a large group that does not “follow” the blog for the sake of not being identified… If you read something that could help a friend please share. We want to reach out to hurting people. Remember to check out our FB page and share articles. Positive approach to panic and anxiety.  We understand that many want anonymity and choose not to follow us but we thank you for stopping in!.

Remember we take a POSITIVE APPROACH to panic and anxiety!

To change the way you behave you need to change the way you think!

The stories are real often written with specific people in mind as they have shared their experiences or have asked a question that we are answering.     

For new readers and those that follow the blog. It is a good time to encourage you to read through our weekly post index. Get in touch let us know what articles spoke to you.  

Next week  – a way to calm yourself.