The feeling of mental and physical threat can cause serious psychological disorder such as extreme depression or anxiety. This feeling is actually not a bad thing.
In normal cases, it is usually activated by fear which alarms the body from the threat, whether it’s fear caused by a real saddening thing and circumstance or an imaginary idea. But too much fear caused by anxiety is not healthy at all, as it can cause recurring panic attacks that may overcome the whole state of mind of a person.
Our mind is a very powerful thing, and it is what fuels the feeling of being endangered from something. And because our body does not have the ability to identify real threat from imaginary threat, it is the mind’s job to control the feeling and keep it from being destructive.
In the case of anxiety, the mind activates the alarm system which makes us feel anxious panicky about something. The mind actually looks for protection from the environment, something that can ease the feeling of being threatened. However, if the mind can’t find something to alleviate the problem, it would result to mix things up even with those things that are not really related to the thing that causes anxiety, causing confusion and disillusionment.
External signs can also spark panic attacks, which can be very difficult if attack starts to reoccur more often. Most people who experience this kind of mental disorder start to avoid things and places that trigger his apprehensions, making him unsociable. Thus, it really is very important to address the disorder with proper treatment before it starts to become dangerous.
Panic attacks actually have two main focuses, 1 physical sensation of arousal and 2 images and thought that fuel the panic feeling. Avoiding the things, places and people that triggers panic attacks is a good way to reduce tension and stress caused by anxiety. However, this is not really the best way to treat the disorder. Slowly immersing one’s self in panicky conditions and imagery is a good way to alleviate the effect of the thing that causes panic attacks.
There are actually two ways to pacify the tantrums, and that is through
- Exteroceptive desensitization activities
- Enteroceptive desensitization activities
In exteroceptive desensitization changing one’s idea of fear is one good way to fight fear. Activities that can relax the mind such as meditation and breathing relaxation techniques help patients to control and even lessen the intensity of their panic attack. With effective practice and repetition of the technique, one can easily do this technique effectively and use it every time the panic attack starts to show. Effective execution of the technique can also lessen the fear’s power over you, even when the real fearful thing or circumstance comes.
In interoceptive desensitization technique on the other hand, changing the internal idea for fear is used to alleviate the anxiety. When we feel nervous our heart starts to pump harder, making it sound like a drum in our chests. This is the same feeling when we catch for breath after running up and down the stairs. Panic attacks may impose really big fear in your, but when you constantly immerse yourself, your both mind and body to activities that gives the same kind of feeling, the effect of panic attacks on you will be minimized significantly.
This works by changing your internal thoughts of fear. At time, our body gets hypersensitive to the sensations, such as running up the stairs; this will certainly increase your heart rate. An increase and harder heart beat you feel from running up and down the stairs is almost the same in the kind of heart beat you feel when you are nervous.
You may be afraid in experiencing panic attacks, but when exposing yourself, both your mind and body to situation where you can almost feel the same as when you are nervous, you will certainly reduce the severity and power of the anxiety over you.