How to Avoid Panic Attack...or Not?

By: Andrew Lim

So...you want to learn how to avoid panic attack? If so, you have take the wrong approach in tackling panic attack. Panic attack can be stopped. However, I have never advised anyone to avoid it. Avoidance can do more harm than good, and its especially true for panic attack sufferers.

During the very first panic attack, the shock of having one can leave a very lasting experience on the person. In fact, it can be so traumatizing that the person will associate the panic attack with the activity or place and start to AVOID that situation. Needless to say, panic attack never does go away and the person continue to re-live the experience again and again.

They avoid things that trigger their attack. They avoid places that trigger their attack. Eventually, the "avoid list" grows larger and larger until they avoid going out altogether.

Even then, does the panic attack goes away?

This is the main problem - avoiding the problem. Ask yourself this question, why do you avoid panic attack? Because you FEAR it will happen again. Panic attack strikes due to this FEAR. If you do not fear it, panic attack cannot happen.

Avoidance stems from fear. When your are fearful of something, you avoid it.

You fear getting burned, you avoid playing with fire.
You fear getting cut, you avoid playing with knives.
You fear getting bitten by a dog, you avoid going near it.

You fear dieing during a panic attack, you avoid triggering it. WRONG!

The reason why many sufferers fear panic attack comes from this misconception of dieing. They have difficulty in breathing; they feel dizzy; they feel like having a heart attack; they think they are dieing. These symptoms are real - they are not imagined in your mind. BUT, they CANNOT kill you, its a proven medical fact. You will not die or even be maimed from them - despite how awful you may feel at the time.

Do not fear panic attack...and certainly, do not avoid it.

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