“The job of your stress system is to keep you safe and alive not to kill you. The symptoms of anxiety are uncomfortable, but they are not dangerous. You have my word as a doctor, this adrenaline rush will
not kill you.” Dr. Harry
When you have a panic attack, it can feel like the end of the world.
You suddenly become full of fear.
Your heart races, and you can’t breathe.
You feel dizzy and lightheaded.
And maybe bodily sensations like stomach pains, hot flashes, sweating, shaking, and tingling sensations take over your body.
When you’re in the eye of the storm like this, it can feel like you’re losing control.
The thoughts, fear and bodily sensations can feel like too much.
However, the reality is you are completely safe.
The problem is this is hard to believe when you feel panic sweep over you.
This is why it’s important to know what’s happening in your body when you panic so it doesn’t bluff you.
Then you can know you are not going to suffocate and die or go crazy.
No matter what happens, you have complete control of your body and actions.
All that’s happening is stress hormones, like adrenaline, are causing you to experience some frightening symptoms.
There are simple medical explanations for every single one of your fears.
The shakes like jelly legs are caused by adrenaline and other stress hormones.
Strange symptoms like blurred vision can often be caused by fatigued eye muscles.
If you worry about your heart, remember it’s incredibly strong and can beat at high speeds for long periods of time.
If you have a fear of suffocating, take comfort in the fact your body has a built-in reflex which ensures you always get enough air.
If you have a fear of fainting, know it’s uncommon to faint when you are highly anxious - fainting is caused by low blood pressure, and anxiety tends to raise blood pressure.
All your symptoms are harmless.
If you’re still not convinced, talk to your doctor.
They’ll give you the reassurance you need to know everything is OK.
You’ll find no matter how strange, there’s a medical explanation for every single physical symptom you experience.
Remember, you are safe.
A panic attack will never hurt you.
Now that you know you are safe make sure you work on tools to evaluate the stress causing the anxiety and fear.
Adrenaline can be directed to benefit you - not scare you.
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