Irrational Fears: Childhood Panic Attacks

Panic Attacks are some of the scariest and most unnerving experiences any person could have. If you are lucky enough to not have these anxiety related breakdowns then you are more fortunate than you think.

The Mindset of an Adolescents Fearful Brain

It feels like your heart is going to stop and there is no way to get out of it. It wakes you up in the middle of the night, in a cold sweat, fearing an irrational thought.

Panic attacks are birthed through many different fears or anxiety related problems. My personal panic attack disorder is most commonly triggered by the thought of death.

Now this seems like a normal fear; well in my case once the thought gets into my head I cannot get it out and what I know will not happen; seems like it is happening at that very moment.

I cannot breathe, my heart begins to pound, my anxiety punctures my chest, and I cannot do anything but curl up.

The Fuse Doesn’t Have to be Lit

      This story is about a sad memory, but there are ways to stop panic attacks, and we will show you how in the next article.

Coping and How Anxiety Changes Your Life

Over the years, I have been able to learn from these instances and control them when they do happen.

However, I can still remember one of the first manic thoughts that I had as a kid. It was a recurring fear and the dreams and night terrors still stick with me today.

This is not meant to scare or depress anyone; it simply is a vice to explain to others that you are not alone, and although life can be hard it is not ever worth giving up on. So just remember, it will get better!

Sometimes Anxiety just doesn’t make sense

The First struggle with anxiety; but you can always beat it. you must simply know how!

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At the age of 5 I had the first memory of GAD significantly effecting my life and my mental state. Now I know this is young, but the memories formed from my anxiety as early as that age altered my view of how I interact with people and the world around me.

It was a warm summer night and I was asleep in my ranch style house in New Jersey. I woke up in the middle of the night in my dark room, it was silent. I had this feeling in my chest that I could not relieve and I did not know what was going on. All I could think about was that the house was going to burn down.

The fear wasn’t that my family and I would be hurt; it was simply a fear of the house catching on fire.

This seemed strange to me then as well, I knew that we had a small one story house and that we had a fire plan if the worst were to happen. That didn’t stop the fear though.

I crawled out of my bed, young and scared; crept into my parents room and woke them up. They tried to calm me down but it was useless, I’ve had a bad anxiety problem my whole life I suppose, so I ended up sleeping with them.

Over the next couple years, this same dream and thought breached my mind and continually made me end up sleeping in my parents room. Eventually this did stop but I’m not exactly sure why.

My best guess is that my brain found a new fear to obsess over; that’s how it works, my anxiety tricks my brain constantly and it is nearly impossible to control.

Hope

     These days I have found ways to control my anxiousness and even suppress panic attacks by being aware of the signs that one is coming on. There will be more posts on how to stop panic attacks as well as medication advice and simple tricks to beat your anxiety.

While you wait, Check out this guide to stopping panic attacks. It’s informative and a quick, easy read! How to Stop a Panic Attack in 5 Minutes or Less

Keep coming back for more posts as my blog grows!

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