Panic Can Build Gradually from Chronic Stress (Psych Central): The study found that for stressful life events in the categories of “work,” such as a demotion or layoff, or “friends/family/household,” such as a family argument, panic symptoms that had meandering severity before the event increased steadily but gradually for at least 12 weeks afterward.
How to Halt and Minimize Panic Attacks (PsychCentral). Among the tips: Stimulate your mind. Engage in activities that stimulate your brain and keep you busy, such as getting outside, exercising or taking a shower. In fact, a recent study analyzing 40 randomized clinical trials of 3,000 people with various medical conditions found that people who exercised […]
Profiles in fear from the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Yael Levin used to be so afraid of insects that she avoided going outside. Visits to the park and backyard cookouts brought on extreme anxiety. “I would panic, have difficulty breathing and have to run away when encountering insects…” Link down. Here’s a page about fear of insects.
Keith Ablow, MD: Housebound: Paralyzed with Anxiety. Within the last six months, I have treated two patients whose visits to my office were among the very few times they had left their homes — in years. (PsychCentral)
What NOT to Say to Someone With Panic Disorder You say: “Why can’t you just relax?” We want to say: “It’s a bit more complicated than you think!” During a panic attack, the following physiological changes can occur: * increased heart rate * adrenaline rushes * shortness of breath * lightheadedness * heart palpitations * nausea […]
…with a calming kit:
Ben Brennan on breathing exercises for panic:
Panic attack help advice from eHow:
Book of the day: The Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Workbook for Anxiety, by William Knaus (author of a similar workbook on depression). This is CBT, plain and simple. Says one Amazon reviewer: I had been suffering with panic attacks and generalized anxiety for a few months. I tried therapy, meds, ect and found them all to […]