Panic Attacks

Written by James Lyons
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I used to suffer from panic attacks. When I was a senior in college, I was sent to the hospital because of a massive panic attack. When the ambulance arrived, my heart rate had reached 180 beats a minutes and my blood pressure had skyrocketed to 220/180. According to my EKG reading, my heart was beating at regular intervals so I wasn't in cardiac arrest.

I later found out that I was experiencing a panic attack. The human mind is a powerful and dangerous instrument. My panic attack could have killed me. In fact, I thought I was going to die at the time. A panic attack is simply a physical response to a psychological issue. At that point in my life, I was on the verge of graduating from college and I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life.

A Breathing Expert Showed Me the Way

I had no desire to pursue a career in the field I had chosen in college. I hated my classes and I dreaded the idea of working a job that gave me no intrinsic value. I was a ball of stress and I had no means to manage this stress. I kept saying to myself, "You wasted a ton of mom and dad's money on an education you didn't want. They are going to kill you!"

The result of this constant inner monologue was a severe panic attack and subsequent smaller panic attacks. After attending therapy for a few sessions, I finally discovered an excellent way to manage my panic attacks. Breathing was the answer. Yes, I was breathing before, but not properly. I was directed towards a breathing expert who showed me how to breathe in a way that helped me manage my stress and ward off panic attacks.

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