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On Tuesday we discussed Anxiety and Panic Attacks. Who gets those right? Everyone experiences anxiety and has likely experienced a panic attack during a repetitious and highly stressful event in their life. If you say you haven’t than I would propose perhaps you may not properly understand what anxiety is. Anxiety is often fleeting, quick to appear and then disappear. But a panic attack? That is something else, it is the feeling of absolutely losing control of everything in our life and our defenses are down, leaving us vulnerable to an attack like one we may have already experienced.
My name is Dominick Juliano and I sometimes experience mild panic attacks and general anxiety. I wasn’t always so prone to this, rather it developed through a series of events that have affected my life and I eventually was no longer able to cope with things on my own. Once I lost my ability to cope with my circumstances I entered a perpetual state of denial, fear and anxiety that only improved after systematic elimination of the overarching causes as well as the powerful and evil medications I took every day and mixed with alcohol. I still experience anxiety every day and about once a month I experience a panic attack.
I have been dealing with this aspect of my life for so long, not only have I rediscovered my coping mechanisms but I have also developed an understanding of the symptoms so I can do what is best for myself and everyone else around me. I stay home. Honestly, I can tell a couple days prior what is going on with me and I take a day shortly after to get my shit together. I often try to meditate and I talk with my mentors. I am trying to make my panic attacks less and less of a deal every time they occur and I will discuss the successes and failures my wife and I have encountered in a future blog post. It is perfectly okay for all of us to experience anxiety and even a panic attack. It is not okay for us to make our problem someone else’s problem when we experience anxiety or a panic attack.
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What Are the Symptoms of PTSD?
Symptoms of PTSD most often begin within three months of the event. In some cases, however, they do not begin until years later. The severity and duration of the illness vary. Some people recover within six months, while others suffer much longer.
Symptoms of PTSD often are grouped into four main categories, including:
- Reliving: People with PTSD repeatedly relive the ordeal through thoughts and memories of the trauma. These may include flashbacks, hallucinations, and nightmares. They also may feel great distress when certain things remind them of the trauma, such as the anniversary date of the event.
- Avoiding: The person may avoid people, places, thoughts, or situations that may remind him or her of the trauma. This can lead to feelings of detachment and isolation from family and friends, as well as a loss of interest in activities that the person once enjoyed.
- Increased arousal: These include excessive emotions; problems relating to others, including feeling or showing affection; difficulty falling or staying asleep; irritability; outbursts of anger; difficulty concentrating; and being “jumpy” or easily startled. The person may also suffer physical symptoms, such as increased blood pressure and heart rate, rapid breathing, muscle tension, nausea, and diarrhea.
- Negative Cognitions and Mood: This refers to thoughts and feelings related to blame, estrangement, and memories of the traumatic event.
Let’s have a discussion:
- What are examples of a panic attack or anxiety (no matter how big or small) has affected you?
- What do you think the biggest causes of stress and anxiety are in our lives are we could eliminate with some work?
- What are some instances where you have overcome periods of anxiety?
- What was the most important thing you helped resolve your feelings of anxiety?
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Symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. (n.d.). Retrieved from: https://www.webmd.com/mental-health/post-traumatic-stress-disorder#1
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/post-traumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd/index.shtml