What Are Panic Attacks ?
Panic attacks can be incredibly frightening – you feel dizzy, your heart is pounding, as it builds you even feel you are going to die. But you don’t – it goes away. Then later it starts all over again – and you begin to live your life in fear of having another panic attack.
You can completely stop all this, not just reduce the symptoms. We like the Linden-Method which is a downloadable course you can download here. It’s a drug-free approach to curing both panic attacks and general anxiety.
Panic Attack Symptoms Explained
When you experience an illness, doctors describe what is happening as ’symptoms’. So a cold produces symptoms of a runny nose, feeling bunged up, having a headache etc.
ANXIETY IS NOT AN ILLNESS… it’s something you experience and respond to - a behavioral condition which produces some scary SENSATIONS. These are the thoughts, feelings and responses you experience when you are anxious.
The Human Fear Mechanism
Human beings have a built in fear mechanism that helps us to fight or to flee. This is normally triggered when we are faced with real danger. So real FEAR can only be present when there is something actually there in the situation to be scared of. If you have panic attack symptoms when there is nothing present to be scared of… you are experiencing INAPPROPRIATE ANXIETY… the sensations of FEAR, BUT NOT true fear!
So the weird or anxious thoughts you experience and those terrifying sensations, are ALL the product of the anxiety response which creates all those ‘what if’ thoughts… thoughts designed to make you make sensible decisions quickly when REAL fear is present; but when no REAL fear is present, the thoughts work on presenting you with ‘worst case scenarios’ and some can be pretty weird and disturbing; these can include include aggressive thoughts or sexual thoughts… thoughts about things you KNOW you’d never actually carry out, as well as other types of extreme ‘what if’ thoughts and scenarios.
All this is disturbing but it IS harmless and recognized as common panic attacks symptoms.
Panic Attacks Symptoms and Sensations Are Products of the Anxious Nerve Signals Your Brain Produces
What this amounts to is that ALL the panic attacks symptoms, feelings, thoughts and sensations you experience are products of the anxious nerve signals your brain produces, NOT the signs of illness.. not physical illness or mental illness. Symptoms of panic attacks are unpleasant to say the least BUT they are completely normal and harmless (no matter how inappropriate).
We are all different and react differently to each other as a response to the same or similar stimuli.
This following list covers the most common panic attack symptoms. Experiencing four or less of these panic attack symptoms identifies what is called a limited symptom attack.
Common Panic Attack Symptoms
• Rapid heart beat, pounding heart or palpitations
• Shaking visibly or inside
• Choking sensations or lump in throat (Globus Hystericus)
• Smothering or shortness of breath sensations
• Chest pain or discomfort
• Nausea, bloating, indigestion or abdominal discomfort
• Dizziness or unsteadiness
• Feeling light-headed
• Derealization (feeling unreal or dreamy)
• Depersonalization (feeling outside yourself or like you don’t exist)
• Fear of losing control or going crazy
• Paresthesias (numbness or tingling sensations) in face, extremities or body
• Chills or hot flushes
• Skin losing color
• Blushing or skin blotches
• Urgently needing to urinate or defecate
• Inappropriate/Disturbed thoughts
• Muscle pain, especially in neck or shoulders
…and possibly many more!
Experiencing different or additional symptoms does not mean that your condition is worse or different, or that you are suffering from another un-diagnosed condition. Diagnosis of anxiety disorders is very accurate, so chances are you ARE suffering from panic attacks symptoms.
Some people have anxiety disorder but never suffer from panic attack symptoms.
How are panic attack symptoms caused?
Panic attack symptoms are caused by a number of biological changes that occur during times of stress and anxiety. The human body is very resilient, even in times of anxiety we are strong, although we may not feel it. Some people can be frightened that their heart will stop, or give up, through the constant racing, thumping or chest pain. This is not true; these are some of the most common symptoms of panic attacks.
Can panic attack symptoms harm me?
Panic attacks symptoms have never harmed anyone. Although they feel horrific and scary, panic attack symptoms are harmless and are simply exaggerated experiences of normal bodily sensations and reactions. Of all the people that I have spoken to about their own panic attack symptoms, none, including myself, ever came to any harm during the, literally thousands, of panic attacks we experienced.
But I Get Severe Chest Pains: These Panic Attacks Symptoms Must Be Harmful!
No-one has ever come to any harm as a result of anxiety or panic attacks! Consider how hard athletes have to work in order to give their hearts the kind of workout your heart receives through anxiety; athletes hearts do not give up, do they? The heart is a muscle, raising the heart rate exercises it, making it fitter. You wouldn’t worry if your heart raced after running for the bus, so why worry about it when it happens during anxiety. Panic attacks symptoms are harmless.
What About The Aches and Fatigue?
Your body will feel tired and shaky after the sensations subside. You may feel as if you have run a marathon yourself. Feeling tired or achy is a side effect. If you are know it may happen, when it does, you will recognise what’s going on and it won’t be so frightening!
Most anxious people complain of aching muscles and general fatigue, these are very common symptoms of panic attacks and anxiety. Muscle tension can cause pain or sensations of tightness anywhere in the body; most common in anxiety are pains in the chest, neck and shoulders. Tension in these places can be distressing; the tension in your chest can cause shortness of breath or rib pain, and it may make your chest or breasts tender or numb. Pains in the muscular tissues of the neck and back can cause the blood vessels and nerves to become restricted; this can cause headaches or migraine but can also cause the head to feel tender or painful.
It is possible for your face or scalp to feel numb or dead, this can affect sensations around your eye, in your cheek, face and jaw and can even affect the sensations in your mouth. This is caused by muscular tension causing restriction around the nerves and blood vessels in your neck. AGAIN, it’s another symptom of panic attacks and anxiety which causes the sufferer unnecessary worry but is completely harmless. Massaging the neck releases much of the tension and thus relieves the sensations; this works for most people.
This tension can cause feelings of numbness in the arms (usually the left), and also the legs. Don’t be alarmed if this happens to you.
Your nervous system is found in every inch of your body. There are nerve endings literally everywhere, around every organ, muscle and over every square millimeter of your skin so the symptoms of panic attacks and anxiety can be experienced anywhere! Tension can be responsible for many of the sensations experienced during anxiety.
Panic attack symptoms are EXACTLY what the name suggests, a symptom of the disorder not of another condition. These symptoms should be ignored, they have no importance or relevance to you, or your life.
These unpleasant panic attack symptoms and sensations don’t have to get the better of you, after all that is all they are – sensations. The nerves tell the brain what it should be feeling under certain conditions and the brain responds. If tired and anxious nerve signals become confused, the brain may interpret the feeling of ice against the skin as burning, or the eyes might send a confused signal to the brain that makes you see a smooth surface ripple like water. Perceived sensations never have and never can, hurt anyone. All symptoms of panic attacks and anxiety are caused by confused bodily sensations and nerve impulses, you may feel like the end is in sight, but it most certainly is not.
Do I Have To Put Up With Panic Attack Symptoms?
No, you do not. Panic attacks are, like all anxiety disorders, caused by an imbalance in the organ responsible for the anxiety response called the Amygdala. This organ acts like an anxiety switch – it is the ‘Anxiety Control Center’ in the brain. Normally, the switch is in the OFF position and only gets activated when it’s appropriate to feel anxious. In anxiety disorders this switch gets stuck in the ON position…it’s that simple!
So, if an anxiety disorder is to be eliminated completely, it is this imbalanced anxious response which needs to be addressed directly.
What Is The Solution To Panic Attack Symptoms?
The Linden Method (developed by Charles Linden) is a recovery program for anxiety disorders such as Panic disorder, Phobias, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Generalized Anxiety Disorder which is recommended and referred to by psychologists and medics from around the world. It is a simple and effective anxiety elimination programme with an impressive number of successes and testimonials. It’s also thorough – so it provides a TRUE CURE. It’s not about managing anxiety, it’s about eradicating it.
This is what Charles Linden himself has to say:
“There is ONLY ONE internal mechanism that causes anxiety and panic attack symptoms regardless of age, gender or race; therefore, the solution is the same for everyone and if we can cure over 100,000 people of their anxiety conditions, we can CURE you too.”
“The Linden Method is also equally effective for treating panic attacks in children and senior people too. I have children as young as seven years and a gentleman of 87 using the method currently. Some sufferers think that my method is a means of managing panic attack symptoms, it’s not, it’s a way of eradicating them from your life completely. Panic attack symptoms whilst pregnant are also very common and the Linden Method will show you that these can be effectively reduced and eliminated too.”
“Anxiety and panic attacks are simply accentuated versions of natural reactions; remember, they CAN NOT harm you in any way. I will show you how panic anxiety attacks symptoms, phobias and all your fearful sensations and emotions can be calmed and erased. Whether you suffer from generalized anxiety, panic attacks or phobias, you can and will be, SYMPTOM FREE again… that’s a promise.”
“Developing The Linden Method was the final chapter in my recovery, but to date it has helped 132,915 ex-sufferers topermanently and completely eliminate panic attacks, anxiety attacks, OCD, phobias and all the associated symptoms that had previously dominated and ruled their lives.”