You can’t spell pandemic without a P-A-N-I-C

Panic attacks, I know all too well about this phenomenon, after spending countless months with EKG and MRI follow-ups, only to be told they can’t find what’s wrong with my heart. What if in fact the crushing chest pain was in fact a result of anxiety?

Panic disorder is an interesting thing, what might feel like a heart attack can quite literally mask itself with the same symptoms of a panic attack, so what do you do?

Well for one thing, keep track of your symptoms.

A key difference between a heart attack and a panic attack is the pain experienced at rest verses during physical excursion, according to capecodhealth.org.

While both a panic and heart attack involve chest pain, only a heart attack involves chest pain that radiates to other parts of the body to include: arms, neck, jaw and back. Both conditions include lightheadedness, sudden dizziness, sweating and shortness of breath, with some key differences between the two.

Panic attacks have several other symptoms not associated with a heart attack to include: sense of impending doom or danger, fear of loss of control or death, rapid, pounding heart rate, trembling or shaking, chills, hot flashes, nausea, abdominal cramping, headache, numbness or tingling and a feeling of unreality or detachment, according to mayoclinic.org.

There are pharmaceutical and therapeutic ways to treat anxiety, a condition that can hinder your day-to-day activities.

I am a strong believer that the cure to anxiety starts within. We can not expect to end panic attacks without first addressing the root of the problem. Anxiety is excessive worry about things we can’t control and events that haven’t happened yet.

A key way to manage stress and anxiety is to let go of being perfect. Free yourself of unattainable expectations, both from society and those you’ve placed on yourself.

The only way to truly experience true bliss and happiness is to fully relish the moment.

The here and now is all we have and you have two options. You can constantly worry about what you have no control over, or focus on the here and now because that’s all you can control.

Don’t let this PANdemIC cause more PANIC in us than it already has.

Get control of your anxiety and gain control of your life.

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