Panic Attacks


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"Jesus is able to calm our fears and our anxieties.  In fact, He told us to "cast our cares upon Him" because He can carry the load better than we can.
If we take our old hurts and give them a new meaning, we will find "peace"

This is a different type of anxiety. People who have Agoraphobia feel anxious about being in places or situations where escape might be difficult or embarrassing. Examples would be being outside the home alone; being in a crowd or standing in line; being on a bridge; or traveling in a bus, plane, train, or automobile.

When the Agoraphobia is extreme, people avoid the situations all together.  One needs to get to the point where they are serene in all situations. As in panic disorder, usually the Agoraphobia can be traced back to an incident where the person was extremely afraid or embarrassed while in that situation, and they felt trapped by it.
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Reach up to God who is ever present and your phobia will loose it's power over you.

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Panic Attacks:

Panic attacks are a common complaint and they seem to come out of nowhere.  They can be a period of intense fear or discomfort that comes on suddenly and then reaches a peak within ten minutes.

You may feel palpitations, a pounding heart, or an accelerated heart rate. You may sweat, tremble or shake, have shortness of breath, or feel like you are smothering.  There may be a feeling of choking,  chest pain or discomfort, nausea or abdominal distress.
Some people feel dizzy, unsteady or lightheaded, or they may actually faint. At it's most extreme, individuals feel like they are loosing touch with reality, such as feeling detached from themselves, or fear they are loosing control or going crazy, and have a fear that they are dying.

That is allot to go through in a period of ten minutes. So where do they come from? Usually it is due to buried memories of past trauma. Something in the environment "triggers" the attack, that reminds the person of the past trauma.
Specific Phobia:

A specific phobia is one where the person experiences marked and persistent fear that is excessive or unreasonable, cued by the presence or anticipation of a specific object, or situation.

For example a fear of flying, heights, animals, water, storms, elevators, etc. The person recognizes that the fear is excessive or unreasonable so they try to avoid it, or else they endure it with intense anxiety or distress.
Sometimes the avoidance of the phobia can interfere with the person's normal routine, employment or social activities or relationships.

What causes phobias? They usually arise out of early childhood contact with the specific object or situation where that contact was scary, and caused the child great fear and distress. Or they witnessed someone else reacting in a fearful way to the object or situation.
Social Phobia:

Many people suffer from this and are afraid to appear in a social performance situation where they are exposed to unfamiliar people or to possible scrutiny by others.

They are afraid that he or she will act in such a way that will be humiliating or embarrassing. Children especially suffer from some type of Social Phobia.
Many people realize that their social phobia is excessive but they still will avoid those situations where they feel less than confident.

As a Christian though, the only one that you should be concerned about what they think of you is Jesus. And He does not condemn anyone who walks by the Spirit.

If you are suffering from any type of anxiety, please do not hesitate to contact me by following the instructions below.
Restlessness or a feeling of being "keyed up" or "on edge"
Being easily fatigued
Difficulty concentrating or a sense of your mind going blank
Muscle tension
Difficulty sleeping

Other physical symptoms associated with generalized anxiety disorder include:

Trembling, twitching, muscle soreness
Headaches, sweating or chills, nausea, dizziness
Shortness of breath
Irritable bowel syndrome
Being easily startled
"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds through Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:6-7) 
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