Panic attacks are sudden episodes of intense fear that come from thought patterns related to
(1) Memories of past traumatic events (common in PTSD),
(2) Perceived stressful or dangerous living environments (sometimes associated with major depression, experiences of abuse and/ or extreme poverty),
(3) Anticipating negative outcomes for events that have not yet occurred (typical of Anxiety disorders).
(4) Extreme fear of objects or situations (Phobias)
(5) Fear of losing loved ones (Abandonment issues)
The physical symptoms of panic attacks can be quite debilitating and can mimic symptoms of life-threatening illnesses such as heart attack, stroke, and brain aneurysms. Although the panic attack itself is not life-threatening, the symptoms can lead the victim to believe their lives are in danger, which only serves to exacerbate the problem.
The most current research on mindfulness as well as evidence from functional and integrative medicine shows that meditative breathing is not only an effective treatment in stopping a panic attack, it can also cure panic attacks and other anxiety-related disorders. [click to continue…]