Alice26
I was wondering if anyone can help me or shares a similar experience. I have always been an anxious person, but recently with hospital appointments and a diagnosis I have started having panic attacks. I have read a common coping strategy is to tell yourself that you’re not dying. Everywhere I read that people who have panic attacks think they’re dying or having a heart attack or stroke.

However, I feel like I have panic attacks to protect me from the way I’m feeling, or from a situation I don’t feel safe in. For example, at the dentist my mouth was numb from an injection and I couldn’t stand the sensation, so I had a panic attack. It could be comparable to giving in when you feel faint instead of fighting it.

Does anyone else understand this? I am very aware that I’m having a panic attack: I think I’m in danger so I have a panic attack. But that doesn’t make it any easier to stop them.
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jeff
But a panic attack is an exaggeration of a normal worrisome event. What you are missing in your recollection of the event is what you thought about the initial fear reaction to the numbing usually a “what if this is serious and something happens to me” or something similar. That is when your nervous system clobbers you with an adrenaline rush to get you to run away and then you react to that with a panic attack. So if you are asking if a panic attack is a normal reaction to being numbed at the dentist! No it isn’t. But it IS a reaction to your perceived threat from the numbing. Make sense?
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Alice26
Hello, thanks for your reply. I am trying to make sense of them because I’ve had 4 this past week, and all have happened in public. I haven’t had them prior to this. Yes, I see what you are saying. I struggle in public because when I try and ‘manage’ my panic attack (deep breathing) people are concerned that I’m fainting or having an asthma attack. I then get self conscious and it makes it worse because I know I’m coming across as strange or causing concern.

They are really knocking my confidence because they have happened when I have been out on my own doing regular things. Anyway. Thanks again for your reply.

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jeff
So why not face the panic down as shown on the website?
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Shen
A panic attack its like an extreme anxious reaction to your thoughts. And read carefully Thoughts. 
When you are in a panic attack, it's not because of the situation, it's because of your emotional reaction to your Thoughts, This is the first problem that you have. 

You think that the problem its outside, the situation. when in fact all its in your head. Its a series of events created by some automatic thought that creates a reaction, since you are an anxious person, you become afraid of this process. giving it fuel without you noticing it. So thats the first thing you need to always remember when you are in a panic attack, it's not what its happening, its what are you thinking about it that's causing panic.


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I have read a common coping strategy is to tell yourself that you’re not dying.


This coping strategy can work very well, if you really understand what it means. Which it seems that you don't. you see, you are talking with your own mind here, and your mind knows everything about you, in other words, you cannot say to yourself that you're not dying if you aren't really believing that(Your mind knows that you are lying to yourself wich in fact can worsen the reaction to panic). you can't lie to yourself and expect to believe that lie. This coping method can work. if of course, you really believe that you are not dying. that's the problem that anxious people have, to believe that you are not dying goes against the habitual thinking of an anxious person. because anxious people are always afraid. they fear this reaction, the situation and the thoughts. So how do you really believe to yourself that you are safe?. you take the Fear out of the equation. that's how panic ends. that the answer to end all of the panic attacks. going right thought panic. That's why the method of jeff works so well. Accepting panic and going right thought it, dissolves panic, because you are showing to your mind that you don´t fear panic. Panic after all it's just a reaction of your body to danger, without fear, there is no more perceived danger. 


The problem here its well. Your way of thinking. You think too much, and not only that, you believe your thoughts as facts. You are at the mercy of your thoughts, because it's enough for you to believe the thought if it comes with an emotional reaction right?, no. Thoughts can be scary. because you feel this. But you can decide whether to still believe this thought, and accept the feelings that come with it. that's the answer to anxiety and panic.

Don't follow your thoughts, accept your feelings and don´t fear panic.

There is a lot to learn if you want to recover from this panic disorder and also your generalized anxiety. I recommend you start to listening to claire weekes "Hopes and help for your nerves". grettings 😉
You Can Do This~
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Alice26
Thanks Shen for taking the time to reply. Yes, I have been looking briefly at some videos about Claire Weekes. I’ll have a proper listen sometime soon. I’m glad there are message boards like this to point me in the right direction to good resources. Thanks for your help
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