5 PANIC ATTACK MYTHS | Kati Morton

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What are some of the most common myths about panic attacks? I know many people don’t understand them, and because they feel so terrible we even believe some of the things our panic tells us.
1. That panic attacks are caused by stress and anxiety. This is untrue because panic attacks are not an overreaction to our environment, or something that we can control. In fact, panic attacks will feel like they come out of nowhere, hit is quickly, and happen because our nervous system gets completely overwhelmed.
2. That panic attacks will make us go crazy! The truth is that being in panic does not affect our hormones, neurotransmitters or anything that could change the way our brain functions and cause another mental illness. Panic attacks usually happen because we have another underlying mental illness, but these are usually mood disorders (ie. depression, anxiety disorders, etc).
3. That a panic attack is going to cause us to have a heart attack. Since a racing heart is one of the symptoms of anxiety and a panic attack, it can feel like it’s hard on our heart to have a sustained panic attack. The truth is that our heart can beat at 200 bpm for days if not weeks (it depends on our age) without sustaining any injury. Therefore a 3-10 minute panic attack is not going to harm your heart or cause you to have a heart attack.
4. Panic attacks are used as an excuse to get out of something we don’t want to do. This is one that my clients report they hear a lot, and the truth is panic attacks are terrible! For those of you who don’t know, they can come out of nowhere, last for 10 minutes, and make us feel like we are losing our minds. Therefore if we find certain situations to be stressful or are at places where we have had a panic attack before, we are not going to want to go there. We aren’t trying to get out of something, we are just doing our best to not have another panic attack.
5. That there isn’t any treatment for panic disorder. WRONG! There are so many things we can do to help ourselves! We can try progressive relaxation! You know when you tense and release the muscles in your body, doing that for 20-30 minutes a day can really help with panic attacks, and may even stop them from happening altogether. Also, CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) can help. Since we often tell ourselves panic driven things when we are struggling, CBT can help us notice those and challenge the ones that aren’t serving us. Lastly, medication! SSRI’s, SNRI’s & benzodiazepines have all been shown to help us better manage the symptoms of panic disorder and panic attacks. So if you are struggling, please reach out to a professional in your area. We know it’s scary and we are here to help you feel better! xoxSubscribe here! http://bit.ly/2j2frsv
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Comments

Sara Malo-Koch says:

You said it’s I diagnosable disorder how can one be sure it’s a panic attack and not something else?

Noah says:

The only person around that can possibly help me is mu dad but im positive he thinks im either faking or losing my mind when they happen. Now im back to self medicating with alcohol. If any has another solution im all ears.

Daisy Lopez says:

I just had my first panic attack at 34. AND. HOLY. FUCK. I never knew the horror. I thought I was dying.

空間赤ちゃん says:

When I have a panic I attack my heart feels so slow (it feels like it so I don’t know if it’s going fast or slow) and it’s hard to breathe… am I the only one

Haise Sasaki says:

I find the worst thing about a panic attack is the dissociation that comes with it. It’s horrible how I feel deattach from my suuroundings or from my body. It’s scary

SOSO EDITS :DD says:

Is it normal to feel nauseous during a panic attack/before it? Because I always feel nauseous during a panic attack, and I don’t know if it’s normal or not

Alex Intrabartolo says:

I was having a panic attack and literally the second I heart Katie say that the heart can be that fast for that long without damage I literally calmed the heck down….

Prince Michael says:

I cant control mine, breathing helps, but I agree about the Brain , because I've been having panic attacks for awhile know, my head gets fuzzy, blurry vision, and it does give me headaches, i believe it will have a toll on my brain in the future, such as brain damage, i do forgot about things,

Wisdom Bright says:

Watching this on day 6 of injections, I don't even know the names and the doctor refused to tell me. This is the first time I'm having a panic attack and I blame the lockdown! Keeping people at home make them depressed, now I'm loosing my mind. I almost thought i was having a heart attack. I don't want to experience this ever again.

satan lucifer says:

The first time I had a panic attack was for know reason my dad questioned me why I had a panic attack and all I said was Im not sure

Mari Creagh says:

I have panic attacks. But for whatever reason I can not stop crying during them.

Zoey’s Sunflowers says:

I know one thing that triggers my panic attacks which is being over heated I had to go to the hospital after one Bc I was harm to self or others…….

my_hero_cosplayer_ 1357 says:

I had one today and my mom said it was just my weight or I was just making excuses to get out of doing housework but after my dad found me unable to breathe he flipped on my mom saying how she didnt believe me and left me to lay there in pain having all these symptoms of a panic disorder in my bedroom
I was rushed to the hospital to find out I had and panic disorder and its was effected and or caused by my binder and stress from little to no sleep. I was put on a no heavy lifting and pain meds prescription for a bit and then I went home and have been trying to avoid my room and bathroom ever since because it originally started in the bathroom at 4am I removed my binder and went to bed earlier tonight after taking pain meds for my chest pains

Hurshiell Stegall says:

I agree. I too think that I am dying everytime that I have a panick attack. I am so thankful for YouTube videos such as these. By playing down the innocuous nature of a panick attack greatly decreases my anxiety.

dos equis says:

I don't experience so much as "triggers" but "pre-indicators". If I've gone a long period of time without adequate sleep AND feel totally alert, it's concerning and I have to be alone

Damien ASMR says:

The biggest myth about panic attacks is that they're slow and gradual. It's possible to go from 0 to 100% panic in 0.5 seconds. The more it happens, the more easily it can happen. Its like a neural pathway to panic is constructed in the brain.

sydney c says:

i’ve been so scared that my panic attacks are going to lead me into a psychotic break. it’s nice to hear the reassurance from you ☺️ thank you for this video.

T Maxwell says:

I had an allergic reaction to fish a month ago and now I'm afraid I'm allergic of everything and every time I eat I have a panic attack because I think in going to have a reaction, even though I've eaten these foods all my life. I cant convince myself it wont happen. I've eaten salmon all my life then randomly became allergic. So who knows when it'll happen again? I hope I get over this soon. It's really annoying.

Alex : BAZen says:

Shaving calms my panic attacks every time

Anany Sharma says:

I sometimes lose my control over myself feels like something/ someone else is controlling me from inside all of a sudden happened 4 times in 3 years randomly.
First time i thought i am possessed by something paranormal as me and my friends were taking about those things. Still can't figure out what is the issue psychological or something else.

Rani Jannati says:

I have panic attack when I was working with a controlling and judgemental supervisor and one time we have a misunderstanding. And then after that, everytime we have misunderstanding and I haven't clear it, I can go into a little panic attack.
And then last time was about me not finishing a deadline.
And then last time it gets even into trivial matter like anxious wether or not I'll be able to finish baking and cooking for my small circle reunion.
I know the reason of it, butI can't control it.

udita shukla says:

Progressive Relaxation techniques are an inherent part of yoga

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