Guess who’s back, back again… I haven’t written in here for more than a month now, but I have been writing. I’ve been working on some exciting projects, I’ve made new friends, reconnected with old ones, read many books (or as many as having a corneal ulcer for a while allowed… more on that later), had conversations so satisfying they felt like accomplishments and overall learned a lot. Today I want to talk about panic.
If you’re a real Panic at the Disco fan, name 5 discos they panicked in. Thought so…
Jokes aside, panic attacks can also happen at clubs. They can happen anywhere and be triggered by anything. However, most times, other people won’t be able to tell you’re having a panic attack unless they know you very very very very well.
What even are panic attacks though? Glad you asked. (Yes, majoring in Psychology automatically means you’re granted the right to read minds.)
Referring to my handy dandy (I can’t believe I actually just said that) Oxford psychology dictionary, a panic attack is a period during which there’s a sudden onset of intense terror, fear, apprehension accompanied by signs and symptoms such as shortness of breath, fear of dying, increased heart rate, etc.
I find them extremely interesting to research, the reason being anxiety’s nature, anxiety isn’t inherently bad, which is what I initially thought. Anxiety is our bodies’ normal response to danger, however, panic attacks and anxiety disorders run on our disability to distinguish real danger apart from well, perceived danger. So, our bodies are having the same reaction they’d have if a bunch of wolves was chasing us down.
What’s up with that, body, huh? I thought we were friends?!
“But we are, I loooooooove you”, the body cried.
Our bodies and minds really do love us and fight their hardest to keep us standing, case in point being eating disorders. Somehow, we manage to live through them and thrive, despite how much we might’ve fucked our bodies up at certain times of our lives. Similarly, depression, or any other mental health issue. Our insides are rooting for us!
Remember, a panic attack in itself is harmless and a little bit of anxiety is completely normal and even healthy, so the goal is to learn to manage our responses rather than try to avoid panic reactions or anxiety.