Have you ever had a panic attack? Chances are most of us think it’s an intense form of butterflies — that anxious feeling in the pit of the stomach just before you take up a test or bungee jump.
That’s actually not true.
Panic attacks are a feeling of acute and disabling anxiety. Your heart pounds in your chest as loud as a bass drum and beats faster with every passing second. Your airways constrict owing to unreasonable fear. Most people who suffer from panic attacks tell me that they thought they were dying or had gone crazy.
If it sounds serious, it’s because it is.
My Experience With Panic Attacks
I should admit here that I’ve had panic attacks. Some people get panic attacks for no rhyme or reason, without any warnings. But it was a bit better for me (if you can call it that) because mine had to be triggered by external stimuli. “Since it was early stages,” my doctor said.
My ‘triggers’ would range from anything like being cut-off aggressively by another driver to trying to remember if I had turned off the stove before I left the house. It might seem trivial to people when I confide to them, laughable almost.
A lot of people have asked me what it feels like to get an attack. I freeze up, unable to do anything, and feel blood rushing to my brain. My thoughts run rampant and I sweat profusely, but my motor functions become significantly impaired (and that includes my speech as well).
I literally become the best but most unwilling RLGL player in the world.
My worst memories are of when we used to have house parties back in university. This was a big deal, as all the cool kids would be there. I knew even back then that I should do my best to avoid crowds. But we all have that friend who just doesn’t take no for an answer.
So I went, praying to every supreme power I knew back then to not let me break out. But I did and people thought that I was having a seizure or something. They called the paramedics and, long story short, the party had broken up because of me. This did nothing for my already waning popularity.
Because of this, I had to cut back on a lot of things I loved. Going out with friends, sports, and motorcycling to list a few, soon went on my no-no list. It was painful, but nothing compared to the agony of people just thinking that it was ‘all in my head.’
Why We Get Anxious
Anxiety is caused by GABA deficiency in the brain. GABA is a type of neurotransmitter in the brain that regulates nerve activity. When GABA levels drop, nerves become hyperactive and pass signals far too frequently, resulting in you becoming agitated.
What I Did About It
I’ve been trying to do something about this for the past few years and I’m happy to tell you that my ‘episodes’ have seen a dramatic fall.
A combination of natural herbs and a lot of self-motivation helped me get over a very difficult part of my life. Well, not completely, but I’m getting there.
My doctor directed me to a branch of herbs which had healing and soothing properties relevant to the brain. He called them nootropics. Since they were natural, they had very little side-effects and he felt they could definitely work for me.
I’d never heard of them, so I went online and did my research.
Seems he was right! There certainly were a bunch of nootropic herbs and drugs that could help people who suffered from a variety of mental ailments like OCD, anxiety, stress, and mood swings. Some could even help people with chronic diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. I wanted to know more about this stuff!
Looking at my options, there were 2 ways I could deal with the problem. One was to go hardcore, guns blazing, with racetams and Noopept; the other option was to get something that could take care of my general wellness over a longer term.
I thought I’d go with the more subtle approach first.
I went with Red Ginseng, Kava Root, and Passion Flower Extract. Of course, there are several supplements that you can use to combat anxiety; I’m just choosing the ones that were highly recommended by friends.
This is the most popular cure-all available on the market right now. It is used to treat a variety of conditions like depression, mood swings, lack of focus, and anxiety. It also increases the overall energy levels in the body, both physically and mentally.
Sometimes called just Kava, this root is found in the South Pacific islands. It has been used by the natives of the islands for centuries for their calming effects on the brain. Kava has been found to produce effects comparable to drugs like valium. You should take care to consume it in controlled doses.
Passion Flower Extract
Extracts from this flower are used to treat a variety of disorders, from lack of sleep to restlessness. It is also used by a lot of people to treat gastritis and other afflictions brought about by an agitated brain.
Hopefully, hearing of my experiences is useful to you and helps you deal with your own anxiety issues. The key is to believe in yourself and to steer clear of people you think might be hindering your progress. Always remember that you are stronger than your condition, and that several people have already come out of this better and tougher!
Stay strong and don’t give up the fight!
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