Almost 40% of people have experienced a panic attack at least once in their life. Panic attacks and panic disorder are separate definitions. Not every person experiencing a panic attack actually has a panic disorder.
panic disorder; It is the fear of having a panic attack and the repetition of this fear. A person who focuses too much on his body considers the slightest changes in his body as a heart attack. This wrong evaluation causes a very intense fear and anxiety in the person. As a result of this misjudgment, the person feels as if they are going to die because they have strong evidence that it happened. In the meantime, his heart beats, pain occurs in his body, chest tightness occurs, his hands are trembling, his head is dizzy, he sweats, etc. The person who realizes these symptoms believes more in the thought that he will die.
People with panic disorder tend to avoid places where they experience panic attacks. If he experiences his attacks in crowded environments, he does not enter crowded environments, may not take the elevator, escape from the subway, cannot travel by subway, cannot go out at night, cannot go to a different place without someone he trusts, he always carries pills with him, he wants to feel safe all the time.
These intense fears make a person’s life miserable and create a great obstacle in front of the person to live a quality life. He feels helpless and helpless because of this problem of both himself and his close circle.
The alarm systems in the body of people experiencing panic attacks work incorrectly. It misinterprets the slightest difference in size and sends a warning to the person. You are in danger, do something, you will die.. loses control and the person shows the same reactions as a person who is experiencing a trauma at that time. WAR or MANY.
In order to understand better that the alarm systems in the body of people with panic disorder are malfunctioning, I always tell the following story: imagine a person who puts a very sensitive alarm in his house. But since this alarm system is very sensitive, it can beep at the slightest movement and warns the host. The owner safely sets the alarm for the house and goes to bed. At a deep stage of sleep, the alarm begins to sound. At that time, the person thinks that a thief has entered the house and falls into a very intense fear. Shake hands with fear. Heart pounding, dizzy, sweating etc. He calls the cops immediately. He tells her that a thief broke into her house and they should help her. The cops come, but the thief did not break into the man’s house. There is no evidence around. They watch the camera recordings. It turns out that the alarm went off because what they saw was actually a cat coming to the door of the house. The actual situation was that the alarm was sensitive so it was actually a cat chirping, not the thief. The cat, on the other hand, does no harm….
Here is the problem you are experiencing is just like this. Since your alarm system is sensitive, when it encounters the slightest stress, it interprets it as a disaster and sends you an order. Fight or ESCAPE.. the activated brain tries to escape. In other words, he throws himself in the hospital, calls his relatives, screams, asks for help because he thinks he is having a heart attack.
The person applies to the hospital emergency department, but what his doctor says is that he has nothing. Indicates that there is no problem with his heart.
The people around the person blame and think that he is lying, that he is actually pretending or even that they want to draw attention to him, and they do not want to have panic disorder … they may act as if they do not exist. The person with panic disorder who experiences this thinks that he is not understood by the people around him, and may be isolated by his close circle at a time when he needs support.
Panic disorder is a psychological problem. Here are some of our recommendations to overcome this problem:
Use relaxation and relaxation exercises to control your attacks.
Pay attention to your sleep pattern, take care to get quality sleep.
Do not consume excessive caffeine, alcohol, substances because these substances harm the way a person copes with anxiety, taking away how one should manage one’s own anxiety. The use of these substances causes increased anxiety. By triggering your panic attacks, the probability of experiencing an attack increases.
Take deep and calm breaths during the attack.
Before and during the panic attack, turn your attention elsewhere, tell what is happening around you, or count 7 out of 100.
Tell yourself this isn’t a heart attack. accept this situation and think that it will pass soon.
Don’t try to push the fear away from you right away. Remember that the harder he struggles, the more attacks he will have.
Saying things that reassure you and make you feel good
Build faith that you can overcome panic attacks
Know your body well and learn how it will feel good.