Anxiety And Panic Attacks

Anxiety is the immediate and useful reaction to life's dangers and challenging situations so that we can take immediate measures to escape or overcome them.

Moderate anxiety is required to prime our body to face the danger and overcome the challenging situation but excessive anxiety is harmful.When your body fails to switch off the body response mechanism even after the threat is over and gone, your anxiety persists and you feel the normal activities as challenging.

This condition is called 'generalized anxiety disorder 'GAD' for short, wherein you perceive threat about normal everyday events such as locking your house to go out that triggers anxiety about burglary or fear of fire accident due to gas leak in the kitchen. These bouts of misplaced anxiety may last even for years and needs immediate medical attention.

Anxiety is found to be the common denominator in all depression related ailments.It is found that those who suffer from this disorder have the habit of criticizing themselves harshly, triggering more anxiety.People suffering from this disorder is found to have a family history of this ailment.This anxiety disorder generally affects people in the age group of 20-35.

The symptoms of this disorder may be confused with similar symptoms of other diseases such as thyroid or heart problem. The symptoms are

1.Headache

2.Abnormal sweating

3.Sleeplessness

4.Loss of appetite.

5.Chest pains.

6.Irritability.

7.Trembling.

8.Dry mouth.

9.Lack of concentration....etc.

Anxiety in extreme form triggers panic attacks which cause unshakable terror which is awful and you may feel that you are going to die.These attacks generally last up to 30 minutes which terrorize you to the core and leaves you shaken with fear.

There are many drugs for this disorder but they have side effects and may be habit forming.It is better to strike at the root cause which triggers the disorder and confront it head on. Normally drugs and psychotherapy are combined to treat this disorder.

Psychotherapy is useful to confront the fear that scares you. The psychotherapist interacts with you as a friend with a sympathetic ear.The therapist acts as someone you can talk to and you open up to the therapist to tell him what scares you and why.Suppose you have the fear of snakes chasing you,the therapist tries to make you understand the irrationality of your fear by convincing you that nature has not intended or programmed the snakes to chase anybody thereby pointing out the huge gap between your imagination and reality.

It is found that breath control exercises help in controlling the disorder.These exercises cost nothing except your time but you will surely feel the effects if you continually perform these simple to do exercises.You will start feeling the improvement in your condition after 10 days from the start of these exercises.The only condition is you must perform them daily for about ten to fifteen minutes initially and allot more time later when you are comfortable with the exercise.

Choose a clean and well ventilated place and sit in a posture comfortable to you.

1.Close the right nostril using your finger and inhale slowly but deeply through the left nostril till you count 3 slowly.During inhalation,imagine that you are drawing in pure cosmic energy percolating to every nook and cranny of your body energizing every cell.

2.Now close both the nostrils and hold the breath till you count 12 slowly without getting uncomfortable.Imagine that you are holding the invigorating and rejuvenating energy inside your body.

3.Close the left nostril and exhale through the right nostril slowly till you count 6.While exhaling,imagine that you are flushing out all the impurities and negative thoughts.

4.Start the process again by closing the left nostril and inhaling through the right nostril till you count 3 as mentioned in para 1.

5.Retain the inhaled air till you count 12 without feeling uncomfortable as mentioned in para 2.

6.Now close the right nostril and exhale slowly and completely through the left nostril till you count 6.

These six steps constitute one breath cycle.Begin by doing it 6 times in the morning and 6 times in the evening and you can increase the number gradually to 20 each session.

The point to remember is that whenever you inhale you should imagine that your are inhaling the positive and pure energies and thoughts of the cosmos and when ever you exhale imagine that you are flushing out the impurities and negative energies and thoughts out of your body.If this breath control exercise is done regularly,sincerely and with faith,you will see the results within a week guaranteed.

The benefits of this breath control are,

1.Increased energy flow in the body.

2.It cheers you up and calms down your mind.

3.Blows out all the impurities negative energies and thoughts and does the inner cleansing.

4.Puts you in a positive frame of mind.

The following tips might help.

1.Sleep well since a good sleep(not induced by drugs) relaxes you

2.Avoid alcohol.

3.Consume more vegetables and avoid meat and other non vegetarianfood.

4.Join support groups to get advice and support.

The following e-book may be of help.

Learn how to effectively overcome anxiety and panic attacks for a happy life

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