Recently I had a call from a youngster settled abroad that he had a series of Panic Attack and is undergoing psychiatric treatment.
Though he has been under treatment for about six months now he fears that he might get the Panic attack any time.
He was scared out of his wits and wanted me to suggest ways to tide over this.
I had suggested some mantras and after following them for four days he called in to say that he has recovered and he is no longer afraid.
Before I proceed on the Mantras let me touch upon what a panic attack is and the symptoms associated with it.
Panic settles in suddenly when one feels jittery, scared of every thing , expecting to die any moment.
This feeling is accompanied by palpitation, heavy sweating, eyes become unfocused and a feeling that he may lose his balance and fall down.
In general these attacks happen when one is alone.
This happens more to people who are away from home especially abroad.
Young people lured by western lifestyle and the money offered settle abroad and in most cases they are unmarried.
They have a vague understanding of the Lifestyle abroad and do not appreciate that your upbringing is rooted in your culture and sudden change in the lifestyle results in disorientation in value systems of which one is unaware.
Scooped in a foreign environment with no close relatives to interact Mind goes into depression.
One of the features of the Mind when alone is that it recalls and mulls over the unhappy moments of your past and it never dwells on happier moments one has gone through.
This leads to despondency and one tries to ward off this by watching movies engage in participating in Social media and physical exercise.
But these do not address the issue.
You seem to get relief for the period during which you are engaged in these activities.
Once these are over you revert to your depression and in extreme cases Panic attack.
The issue is to do with mental strength and resilience.
One must remember that being with people is a basic instinct called Gregariousness.
Brushing it aside will harm the psyche.
So be near to your family or be in communication with them regularly.
- Those who have settled abroad and are away from home, get married.
- Do not think constantly of your career and money.Life is more than money and carrer. It is about human relationships and warmth and life is a compromise. Compromising is not a sign of weakness. It is strength. It helps you to adapt and survive. Happiness is strength and happiness is a state of mind. It does not lie outside you. The secret to happiness is contentment.
- Never compare your self with the others.If you must you compare with the less fortunate And remember things could be worse
- Never have high ambitions. While we can identify ambitions we can never be honest about our capabilities. We normally set goals incompatible with our abilities.
- So do not plan long term goal for your Life. Life is not guaranteed for the next second.
- Do not plan for the instruments of happiness, like money, name and fame but for good health food and good sleep.
- Do not brood over the past.
- Do not set dead lines but do your best.
Now chant the following mantras, the first one 18 times a day and one of the mantras mentioned in my article here.
Sarwas swaroope sarve sarva dukka nivarini
Bayepathrahine Devi Durge Devi Namosthuthe.
Procedure is explained in the article.
Panic attacks involve sudden feelings of terror that strike without warning. These episodes can occur at any time, even during sleep. People experiencing a panic attack may believe they are having a heart attack or they are dying or going crazy. The fear and terror that a person experiences during a panic attack are not in proportion to the true situation and may be unrelated to what is happening around them.
- “Racing” heart
- Feeling weak, faint, or dizzy
- Tingling or numbness in the hands and fingers
- Sense of terror, or impending doom or death
- Feeling sweaty or having chills
- Chest pains
- Breathing difficulties
- Feeling a loss of control
Panic attacks are generally brief, lasting less than 10 minutes, although some of the symptoms may persist for a longer time. People who have had one panic attack are at greater risk for having subsequent panic attacks than those who have never experienced a panic attack. When the attacks occur repeatedly, and there is worry about having more episodes, a person is considered to have a condition known as panic disorder.
People with panic disorder may be extremely anxious and fearful, since they are unable to predict when the next episode will occur. Panic disorder is fairly common and affects about 6 million adults in the U.S. Women are twice as likely as men to develop the condition, and its symptoms usually begin in early adulthood
It is not clear what causes panic disorder. In many people who have the biological vulnerability to panic attacks, they may develop in association with major life changes (such as getting married, having a child, starting a first job, etc.) and major lifestyle stressors. There is also some evidence that suggests that the tendency to develop panic disorder may run in families. People who suffer from panic disorder are also more likely than others to suffer from depression, attempt suicide, or to abuse alcohol or drugs.
Fortunately, panic disorder is a treatable condition. Psychotherapy and medications have both been used, either singly or in combination, for successful treatment of panic disorder. If medication is necessary, your doctor may prescribe anti-anxiety medications, certain antidepressants or sometimes certain anti convulsant drugs that also have anti-anxiety properties, or a class of heart medications known as beta-blockers to help prevent or control the episodes in panic disorder.”
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