Secret #8: the word we don’t talk about: psychotherapy
The Word We Don’t Talk About Psychotherapy
If any word carried a stigma with it to the American public, it would be psychotherapy. The mere mention of the word conjures up images of Sigmund Freud sitting in a large leather chair while a person lies on a couch spilling his guts about everything from his memories of toilet training to his relationship with his mother.
Anything is farther from the truth. Sometimes you’ll hear psychotherapy referred to as “talk therapy” or just plain “counseling.” This technique can be one of the most beneficial methods when it comes to helping you manage your Panic Attacks. In fact, the most popular form of psychotherapy used in treating panic attacks is called cognitive behavioral therapy.
No doubt about it. “Cognitive behavioral therapy” is a mouthful. But it can be extremely helpful in changing the thought patterns which trigger the attack itself. But more than that it can also help you change your reaction — or your behaviors At the very least, this form of therapy has shown to the severity of some attacks worsen for individuals.
With careful planning and a little effort, some people are even able to actually re-create the symptoms of a panic attack — right in the safety of their counselor’s office. While on the surface this may not sound very desirable, it really is a wonderful step toward healing. When you can do this, it helps you to learn how to control the symptoms.
It m ay sound scary, and for many people, it’s indeed not only daunting but downright terrifying… however, your doctor being able to study your symptoms can lead to great things. And learning how to control them is the entire point of this, isn’t it?
Here’s to Feeling Great and Panic-Free!
Secret #9: The difference between GAD and a panic attack
The Difference Between GAD and a Panic Attack
So maybe you think you’re having panic attacks, but your doctor tells you that it’s not a panic attack, it’s GAD or Generalized Anxiety Disorder. What’s the difference between these two? And what does it mean to you?
For one thing, GAD does not cause a person to avoid specific situations, as you would if you suffered from panic attacks. Secondly, there’s no real “panic” involved in this disorder either. Instead of a panic “terrorist strike”, GAD gently and slowly whittles away at you through a constant nagging sensation that something isn’t quite right.
What really characterizes this condition is the “thinking, thinking, thinking . . . the dwelling . . . dwelling . . . dwelling” of the mind where no real problem exists to actually worry about. This incessant focus on these “what if” thoughts, may grow so overwhelming that it makes everyday normal life almost impossible to live.
Along with this perceived emotional turmoil, the person also suffers from a lack of energy and enthusiasm. He becomes, in fact, quite apathetic to most things around him.
Another characteristic of generalized anxiety disorder is the tendency to create a mountain out of a molehill, so to speak. If your spouse is 10 minutes late coming home from work, you naturally assume the worse . . . and then that even escalates as your anxiety-filled imagination then fills in all the vivid details.
This is how a person with generalized anxiety disorder would handle that situation. “He’s 10 minutes late. Something’s wrong — terribly wrong. He must have been in an accident. I bet he’s in the hospital. What if his injuries are so bad he doesn’t survive? How am I going to live without him?”
You see how a mere 10 minutes late has evolved into literally a life and death situation. The person with generalized anxiety disorder is now worrying about how her life will be without her spouse (ironically as he walks through the door!)
Secret #10: One thing that can change a lot
One thing that can Change a Lot
Finally, we’re going to share with you… perhaps not a secret, but a little-known fact that can make a massive difference in your life. It’s something so simple you’ve probably never even realized it would change anything.
Contrary to what many people may tell you, exercise is not an evil plot to get you to feel guilty about what you’re not doing. I’m quite convinced- if you want to know the truth- that exercising is actually that fountain of youth that Ponce D’Leon searched for. He just had a few of his details skewed.
What makes me so sure that exercise is such a marvelous tool to turn back the hands of time? For one thing, consider the vast number of diseases and disorders it alleviates — everything from lowering your chances of developing just about any type of cancer, to diabetes, to heart disease.
So right about now, you’re thinking what does this have to do with my panic attacks and associated anxiety levels. Exercise can, indeed, be of great benefit to this situation as well. Exercise can decrease your stress levels. The latest scientific evidence all points in this direction. Physically active people, studies are consistently demonstrating, have lower rates of anxiety and depression than those who don’t exercise.
What puzzles medical science though is not that physical activity reduces anxiety and stress in a person’s life, but how it reduces these. Scientists are now exploring the relationship between exercise and the chemicals in the brain associated with stress, anxiety, and depression.
You probably have heard of the “runner’s high.” That’s the euphoric feeling a person receives following a good run. It can also apply to any workout in which a person feels extremely update afterward.
Up until recently, the standard medical explanation for this “high” was the rush of endorphins that flooded the body following a workout. Endorphins are thought to be your brains natural pain-blocking, pleasure-giving chemicals.
Now, science is looking deeper into this theory. And there may just be another reason. The most recent studies suggest that a different set of neurotransmitters — one many of us have never heard of — may be responsible for the decreased stress levels.
Amazing, isn’t it? Just a little bit of exercise can make such a huge difference in your life. So try it – go for a walk, a jog hit the gym, or do something in your own home so you don’t have to worry about anyone else around you.