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When your brain causes a stress panic attack you have to look at it objectively. Remember your brain runs at two levels… high brain and low brain function… and you have to figure out which is causing a panic attack. You must tap into your brain and figure out how your mind is reacting to certain environmental factors such as stress and fear.
Let’s simplify mind versus brain by saying that the mind stimulates the brain… which in turn controls the physical body. For example it is possible to get an upset stomach from emotional pressure which negatively impacts your digestive system. If you’re constantly run down and tired it is possible for your immune system to be negatively impacted by mental stress. Neurotransmitters such as Serotonin, Adrenaline and Dopamine” directly affect mood, appetite and physical performance in any given event and clearly links thoughts with neurotransmission.
Stress panic attacks are primarily physiological… not psychological. When you experience a stress panic attack there is no time to think about what you’re feeling and your primary responses are instinctive. It’s at this point that the primitive part of your brain perceives danger, and it automatically activates an extraordinary amount of energy… very much like an adrenaline rush. This triggers numerous physical changes designed to help us defend ourselves. Your body and mind instinctively want to avoid being traumatized, so all that excess energy has to be diverted. When energy is not discharged, it doesn’t simply go away; it stays trapped and creates the potential for traumatic symptoms. The younger the person is the fewer resources they have to protect themselves, resulting in greater amounts of discharged energy.
When you do not discharge nervous energy it remains in the nervous system. Your body remembers this… and when you are presented with new stressors your nervous energy to starts to pile up until you cannot take it anymore. People often do not know if they are experiencing stress panic attacks.
Signs and symptoms of a stress panic attack are as follows:
In adults and adolescents:
- Headaches and other inexplicable pains
- Mood swings
- Psychosomatic complaints
- Talking compulsively
- Concave posture – a desire not to be seen or noticed
- Low speaking voice – fear of being heard
- Self-imposed isolation
- Low self-esteem
- Feelings of being overwhelmed and over stimulated
- A deep sense of shame and guilt
- Needy and childlike behavior
Mostly in children:
- Persistent controlling behaviors
- Hyperactivity or hypo activity
- Exaggerated emotional and startled reaction to noises, and quick movements
- Uncontrollable rage and tantrums
So what you do if you’re suffering from a stress panic attack?