Panic attacks and anxiety disorders sometimes sneak into a person’s life and can assault a marriage! They’re not something that anyone welcomes into their lives and believes will happen to them but they DO happen. And they happen to more people than we could probably ever imagine!
What are Panic Attacks?
“Panic attacks are sudden surges of overwhelming fear that that comes without warning and without any obvious reason. It is far more intense than having anxiety or the feeling of being ‘stressed out’ that most people experience. One out of every 75 people worldwide will experience a panic attack at one time in their lives.” (From AnxietyPanic.com)
That’s a LOT of people who experience this debilitating disorder.
Here are a few additional specifics concerning panic attacks that might be helpful to know:
An interesting point about panic attacks:
“A fairly high percentage of attacks (61 percent) come while going to sleep. Quite a few occur during sleep and wake the sufferer. Since these patterns are quite common, let me comment on them. Why would a panic attack occur when you are relaxing or sleeping? It is a well-known fact that most stress symptoms don’t appear when you are at the height of your stressful situation.
“Take tension headaches, for example. They don’t attack while you are intensely preoccupied with some deadline and rushing to finish up a project. Tension headaches strike after the project is over, or more commonly, as you leave the office to go home, drive home, or sit down to unwind. This is how adrenaline works. During the emergency, adrenaline protects us from pain or stress discomfort. Only after adrenaline has done its job does it demand its penalty.” (Dr Archibald Hart, from the book, The Anxiety Cure)
What can you do to prevent panic attacks?
“Good preparation. After a stressful situation, allow yourself plenty of time to ‘unwind,’ and do your unwinding slowly. In other words, avoid a sudden drop in adrenaline. For instance, when you first get home from work, don’t go and crash in front of the television. Take a little walk. Enjoy the slow wind-down. Smell the flowers.
“Attend to ‘unfinished business’ in your thinking. Do a ‘mental wash’ and clean out any unresolved resentment, anger, or disappointments. Let go of stuff that is not really your responsibility. Listen to the birds. Then go home and putter around for a while. Then sit and read.
“Finally, relax completely. Such a slow wind-down pattern can avoid the sudden drop in adrenaline that seems to precipitate the onset of the more serious stress symptoms.” (Dr Archibald Hart, from the book, The Anxiety Cure)
We realize these are very simple points that are made about a very complicated situation, but even so, you may gain something from knowing them..
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Cindy Wright of Marriage Missions International wrote this article.
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