PART 4 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)
Again, as I continue my own walk-through life with a chronic illness, I continue working with the belief that those who have a constant battle with any chronic illness should always be on the mindset that educating themselves will never end!
As for me, the battle I have are with severe Asthma, Stage III COPD, Fatigue and a chronic heart condition. Each of these battles provide a need for different ranges of reading and educating so that I will 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 these chronic illness situations.
As I write my blogs, I always try to keep that mindset of educating others and myself with every word that I may write.
In my on-going series, “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 life travels.
Anyone that has ever battled a chronic illness will most likely be aware of what I am referencing as we have all had those moments where just battling the chronic illness itself can put us in an occasional mode of panic.
This is the final of a four-part series that I put together dealing with ‘Panic Attacks’.
While many seem to feel that panic attacks are not real or maybe just a show of self-surrender to nonsense of the mind – I can bet that those who have panic attacks feel as if each and every one are as real and scary as anything they may have ever faced.
In my readings both in books (and yes folks, I for one still do read), magazines and on the internet, I have found various theories about panic attacks and found that many narrow down to three (3) particular categories for describing the symptoms of panic attacks.
Those three categories are: Breath Related Discomfort – Uncomfortable Bodily Sensations – and Catastrophic Thoughts!
TODAY – ‘Reflections’ finishes up its four-part series on ‘THINKING PANIC ATTACKS’.
TODAY – We discuss what are called CATASTROPHIC THOUGHTS!
Those feelings of a panic attack can come any time but is more prevalent when a person with a chronic illness is dealing with something pertaining to that illness.
For instance for my walk in life, a panic attack can strike when I begin to worry that my COPD and/or severe Asthma will break out into a battle of SOB (Short of Breath) which may be set off by some unforeseen trigger when I am with others or in the general public.
When symptoms appear from what would or could be called Catastrophic Thoughts, a person most likely will begin to feel any or three sensations. Those sensations are:
- “I think I am losing my mind or control over my situation” – this is the fear that a person feels as if they are literally losing their mind.
- “I am not sure what is going on in my life” – this is the fear that a person feels as if they are losing some or all control over their life.
- “I am not going to make it to the doctor and/or hospital in time, it’s over, my time looks like it is up” – this is the fear that a person feels as if they are losing their life or at least nearing the very end of it.
While you may be dealing with any one of these three-style catastrophic thought panic attacks, many will find some folks around you in your walk of life may just blow them off and figure you are just losing it. Accept that fact and move on to surround yourself with those who will care enough to understand how real these ‘Catastrophic Thoughts’ may be when you are dealing with them.
While I am not an expert, I would guess that many of those who deal with a severe chronic illness and/or disease on a daily basis have dealt with one or maybe all three of these ‘Catastrophic Thought’ panic attacks somewhere along their travels of life. I know that I have, and trust me, when they happen, they are a very scary happening and will cause a possible short-term or long-term bout of panic.
The important thing here is that if you get any of these thoughts and/or feelings then you absolutely must take a step back, try to relax, call on a close confident or family member, identify any possible triggers that brought on the panic attack and do whatever you need to do to remove yourself from that trigger and shut down the panic attack as quickly as possible.
Again, ‘Catastrophic Thoughts’ can be very real, can be very scary and can be very much life changing if one does not have a game plan to work and others who are available to help you work through it.
There we have the final posting of ‘Reflections – Thinking Panic Attacks’. Hoping some have found at least a pinch of knowledge, a spoonful of hope and a pan full of comfort in knowing that you are not in these panic attacks alone.
As with most of our postings, www.wheezingaway.com and CrossDove Writers like to throw out a question for our readers/follower to consider and maybe even respond to with not only an answer but some feedback, information or insights.
QUESTION FOR TODAY IS: Have you had or dealt with a ‘Catastrophic Thought Panic Attack’, and if so, how did you deal with and overcome those moments of panic?
SOMETHING WE ALWAYS STRESS – If you have a chronic illness and/or disease, then you must always stay attuned and alert to any and all new or previous knowledge that will offer any glimpses of hope and faith of getting through one’s own battles with that chronic illness and/or disease.
AS ALWAYS (Because I fight COPD) – If you or anyone you know may have any symptoms involving lung and breathing issues or functionality, and those symptoms linger over and over while disrupting your daily living, then please start asking questions and get it checked out with your regular physician or a pulmonologist!
With that, I bid to all – smiles, prayers, blessings and steady breathing.
NOTES: Sometimes we share what may seem like medical information, but we are only giving descriptions and highlights of various aspects of living with a chronic illness and/or disease, and in no way do we ever want our information to be considered medical advice. If you have questions about what we have posted, then ask your physician and/or medical specialist about it.
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