Anxiety, Panic Attacks and Panic Disorders

Anxiety, Panic Attacks and Panic Disorders are different things but anyone who has suffered from any of these categories doesn’t really care; they just want to overcome the problem.

I have known many people over a long period that suffer and have suffered from such onsets and find it hard to believe that few of them ever try meditation. I guess it is because they don’t know anyone sufficiently experienced in this field that they trust. I know this because I get to meet many of them in the workshops I run.

“A panic attack is a discrete period of intense fear or discomfort that is associated with numerous somatic and cognitive symptoms (DSM-IV). These symptoms include palpitations, sweating, trembling, shortness of breath, sensations of choking or smothering, chest pain, nausea or gastrointestinal distress, dizziness or light-headedness, tingling sensations, and chills or blushing and “hot flashes.” The attack typically has an abrupt onset, building to maximum intensity within 10 to 15 minutes.

Most people report a fear of dying, “going crazy,” or losing control of emotions or behaviour. The experiences generally provoke a strong urge to escape or flee the place where the attack begins and, when associated with chest pain or shortness of breath, frequently results in seeking aid from a hospital emergency room or other type of urgent assistance. Yet an attack rarely lasts longer than 30 minutes. “(Barlow, 1988; Klerman et al., 1991).

What prompted me to write about this was that I had coffee this morning with someone from my past who I have known for many years. Now although these sorts of attacks seem to be more prevalent with women as a general rule this person was a man.

He was firstly out of shape, does not exercise and never feels it necessary to meditate. The consequent result of course is that he takes medication. What I always find strange is that people can take medication without ever for one minute thinking that something is wrong with their inner world.

There are, in my experience with people with mental disorders,-I am not a doctor- very few who are so beyond help that ONLY medication will work. For these poor unfortunate people medication is indeed the only option.

For those others, always seek first medical help or psychiatric assistance, then when you feel you are strong enough mentally and emotionally try other alternatives; find someone who has a lot of experience with meditation and who has their feet on the ground as well.

A very accomplished practitioner is certainly needed when your world has caved in and a lot of trust.

Warm wishes,


Source by Sam Borrett

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