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Panic Attacks: Where They Come From

woman couch with heartburnAn immediate effect of life and livingness within the individual can be a condition known as panic attacks. Oftentimes men do not report such things, me included.

I remember When my world started to fall apart many years ago, I couldn’t confront what was happening or even how I felt, except to have a vague feeling of total anxiety each and every day.

I had lost my stable datum in life, and of course, me being me, tried to find answers in books etc. But I continued for about 6 months in this way until finally, I came out of it and all the time I never fully accepted what was happening.

Women are much better at communicating when something is wrong and as a result get things fixed quicker than men.

A panic attack is an instance in which the body’s natural, “fight or flight”, reaction occurs at the wrong time.

This of course is a complex physiological (to do with the body) response in which the body prepares itself to deal with an emergency situation. Stress causes the body to produce more adrenal hormones, (chemicals that excite the body and get it ready to face a danger), especially the hormone called adrenaline.

The increased production of adrenaline causes the body to step up its metabolism, (from Greek means “to change”. Therefore, it means the chemical reactions in the body’s cells that change food into energy. Our bodies need this energy to do everything from moving to thinking to growing.) So, the increase of the hormone adrenaline causes the body to step up the production of its metabolism (change /increase) of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates to quickly produce energy for the body to use. In addition, the muscles tense and the heartbeat and breathing become more rapid.

In the face of a threat such as an assault, an accident, or a natural disaster, this type of reaction is perfectly normal. At other times, these symptoms caused by a surge of adrenaline can be distressing and frightening.

A person having a panic attack often is overwhelmed by a sense of impending disaster, which makes it impossible to think clearly. Other feelings include shortness of breath, a claustrophobic sensation, heart palpitations, dizziness etc. While panic attacks are usually abrupt and intense, they can last for more than an hour.

While it is always correct to go to your doctor with such a condition, the following actions can help.

1) Take a walk each day especially if you know you are going into a difficult meeting or seeing someone that you find takes your space.

2) Get grounded, read the book ” not about being good”, realise that skilful handling of life’s situations takes practice and time, don’t be too hard on yourself.

3) Try to be ok with failure, it’s part of the game of life. You learn much more when you fail.

4) Come to Get Back Health Chiropractic and Wellness Clinic this week and get your nervous system realigned. Realise that the alignment of your nerves along the spinal vertebrae promotes not only good health but a calmer sense of attitude within yourself.


Yours in health,
John Keane Spinologist

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