PART 1 OF THINKING PANIC ATTACKS!
By William for wheezingaway.com
(ALWAYS REMEMBER – A person without good breathing, is a person with a life of constant caution’,
So, let’s do what we can, to learn what we can, to improve what we can. – William)
As I continue my walk-through life with a chronic illness, I continue to work with the belief that those who have a constant battle with any chronic illness should always be on the mindset that educating themselves never ends.
For me, my chronic illnesses are severe asthma, Stage III COPD, fatigue and a chronic heart condition. Each of these provide a need for different ranges of reading and educating so that I know what my battle is and how that battle may play out in my life depending on the knowledge and skill level that I design to fight or work with each of those chronic illnesses.
With ‘Reflections’, I try to share materials which may help or benefit others in their daily battles with whatever chronic illness and/or disease they may be walking with in their travels of life.
Today ‘Reflections’ begins a four-part series on ‘THINKING PANIC ATTACKS’.
Anyone that is battling a chronic illness will most likely be aware of what I am talking about. For instance, with my, there have been times when my COPD and/or severe Asthma has found a trigger and set off a moment of SOB (Short of Breath).
It doesn’t matter how severe or acute the SOB may be, it can put my mindset into an immediate state of panic depending on where I am or what I may be doing. The panic comes from not just being short of breath, but the sensations which the body may feel with it at the same time, all the while as I am fighting the embarrassment of obviously having an issue around others and whether or not it is severe enough to call for help.
No matter what, all of those who do their daily battles with any kind of chronic illness know exactly what I am talking about.
While many seem to feel that panic attacks are not real or just a show of self-surrender to nonsense of the mind – I can bet you that those who have panic attacks feel as if each and every one are as real and scary as anything they have ever faced.
Through my readings both in books (and yes folks, I for one still read a lot), magazines and on the internet, I have found various theories about panic attacks, with many of those being narrowed down to three particular categories for describing various symptoms of panic attacks.
These three categories are: Breath Related Discomfort – Uncomfortable Bodily Sensations – and Catastrophic Thoughts!
Over the next three ‘Reflections’, we will break down all three categories of what we are calling ‘Thinking Panic Attacks’ because panic attacks are so very real for so very many that suffer from any kind of chronic illness.
As I try to do with many of my postings on wheezingaway.com, I try to throw a question out for my readers/followers to consider and maybe even take a moment to over feedback, information or insights back to us at wheezingaway.com.
Today my question is: IF YOU FIND YOURSELF FEELING PANICKY, WHAT ARE THOSE SYMPTOMS YOU FEEL FIRST?
interesting and enjoyed the brief outlook they gave on what they referred to as the five hidden difficulties of living or battling a chronic illness.
WE ALWAYS STRESS – If you have a chronic illness or disease then you must always stay attuned and alert to any and all new or previous knowledge that will offer any glimpse of hope and faith of getting through one’s own battles.
AS ALWAYS – if you or anyone you know may have any symptoms involving lung and breathing functionality, and those symptoms linger over and over while disrupting a lifestyle – then please start asking questions and get it checked out!
With that, I bid to all – smiles, prayers, blessings and steady breathing. William
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NOTES: Sometimes we share what may seem like medical information, but we are only giving descriptions and highlights of various aspects of having COPD and/or Asthma and no way do we ever want our information to be considered medical advice.