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I have fallen victim to what I now know is chronic Panic Att

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I have fallen victim to what I now know is chronic Panic Attacks and yes I do feel a difference between Anxiety Attacks and Panic Attacks. I've taken Xanax for 20yrs to curb anxiety but panic, that's something totally new. Lots and lots of new added stress since spring 2018 and now it appears it has manifested in me full throttle. No warning just BAM out of the blue HIT! It scares me so badly especially when home alone I literally feel like I am dying. Panic attacks seem to last with me for many hours, all the symptoms including shortness of breath. Unlike anxiety attacks that peak and I control. It has literally affected my livelihood now and although i prefer the agoraphobia I'm paralyzed with fear of being alone. Today is a new day and a day after a very very intense attack last evening that lasted about 4 hours. I was horrified to go to sleep. But today here I am - again! Thank God for answered prayers! And thank God for this support group! I have absolutely NO ONE to talk to about this. I have that husband that says the typical "that's BS and crazy"...................yep.

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Oct 11

I think the greatest tragedy of what you describe is that your husband chooses not to meet you in your moment of need. His abandonment must crush you. I'm wondering if he truly doesn't know how to help, or if he chooses to remove himself from the responsibility of finding out. Leaving you to fend for yourself only exacerbates the problem.

I wonder if the tables were turned and he was the one with all the crazy out-of-control emotions if he would expect you to come be his side doing whatever it took to bring some assurance back into his life. Funny how men can sometimes take liberties to disconnect from their wives without considering the consequences.

I remember the day I walked into the doctor's office and painted a picture of my craziness in all its various levels. He spun around in his chair, pulled down a fat medical encyclopedia, flipped the pages until he landed on "panic attacks", and said, "You have a classic case of this!" and highlighted in yellow the section describing my exact symptoms. I thought to myself, "Oh, this thing has a name to it." Prior to this appointment, and had just lead myself to believe I was an emotional basket-case.

What you experience is real.

Just last week I listened to a health summit online entitled "Fix Your Female Hormones" and one of the speakers addressed the connection between the parasympathetic nervous system, hormones, and the Vagus nerve. I strongly recommend you gain a deeper understanding of all you can do to help this ugly emotions get under your control. Fear is usually the number one culprit for triggering a panic attack.

The Bible says our bodies are fearfully and wonderfully made, and I believe God in His goodness has given us insight and answers we need that connect the dots and tell us what is going on and why. I hope and pray you are able to find some relief soon. Please write back if you'd like.

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Oct 11

@LadyO Thank you thank you thank you! Ya know I've been praying and praying and leaning on my faith that God would lift this curse from me and the 4 letter word F E A R came to me clear as day. FEAR of the smallest of things but yet I could list a hundred of them if I needed to whether anyone understood it or not! Thank you for your compassionate choice of words for me today! Joining this support group has been one of the smartest moves I've made in this nightmare journey!

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Oct 11

So glad you felt comfortable to write back.

I have made it one of my goals in life to stay educated about the human body and what can help it the most. Some things we are born with and others are a result of circumstances we face.

As far as mental health, and how it relates to you, I discovered that there is a specific gene, called 5-HTT, that predisposes people to anxiety disorders. It's a gene that regulates the neurotransmitter (chemical or hormone as we call it) serotonin. It's main job is to transmit messages to the brain.

What that basically means in plain English is that people who show the greatest fear response have a variation of that gene. This variation is linked to increasing the regulation of serotonin levels in the brain.

Increased regulation means that the neurons in the brain take up serotonin faster, leaving less available.
One gene cannot be accountable for every disorder, but there are genetic traits that make a person susceptible to develop psychological disorders.
But God in His goodness prepared in advance a way for those of us who have been controlled by anxiety to get out from under this curse, as you call it. It all starts by understanding the way our nervous system is designed and how we can reset our brains to do what we want it to do. There is a nerve called the Vagus nerve which is responsible for governing anything related to relaxation and calming down. It is such an enormous topic I would hardly have the room to detail in its entirety what all it does for us, once it is activated.
Try doing a google search on how the parasympathetic nervous system can help calm us down, and how the Vagus nerve is involved. Spoiler alert: exercise stimulates this nerve! (Amongst other things)
I hope this helps.

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