The cycle of fear is such important information for all people with panic attacks that I would like to explain the mechanism to you.
Anxiety, anxiety disorder, panic attacks and the cycle of fear*
A panic attack can be understood as a cycle of mounting anxiety. Often, panic attacks begin with the perception of harmless physical stimuli such as palpitations or light sweating. The decisive factor for the development of anxiety is that the actually harmless bodily reactions are assessed as dangerous. This evaluation as dangerous leads to fear.
Fear in turn triggers physical reactions such as faster breathing, dizziness, trembling, increased heart palpitations, etc. Now increased bodily reactions are perceived and the fear increases “I’m going to have a heart attack”, “I’m about to keel over”, “I’m going to suffocate”. In this way, the physical symptoms and the fear escalate each other into a panic attack. The panic attacks are often associated with an external stimulus, for example when they first occur on public transport or while shopping.
Those affected by anxiety and panic attacks develop avoidance strategies and restrict their living space more and more, until they eventually may not even dare to leave the house alone. They become more and more isolated.
How do you get out of this cycle of anxiety? Good results are often achieved with behavioral therapy. But what is the actual cause of the fear? This question is the starting point for personality development and consciousness expansion.
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Final-Enlightenment(AL): New Age as an evolutionary leap in consciousness; the healed and transcended inner family(AL) combined with conventional enlightenment as Final-Enlightenment(AL) ‒ see also spiritual masters and gurus
*For the cycle of fear cf. “Intensivkurs Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie” (“Intensive Course Psychiatry and Psychotherapy”) by S.Brunnhuber, S.Frauenknecht and K.Lieb, 5th edition, page 242.