ANXIETY/PANIC

Anxiety/Panic

Contrary to popular belief, stress isn’t necessarily bad for us. Actually, we can use stress for all sorts of good reasons. It can prime us to tackle a problem head on and immediately. If, however we have stress for a sustained period, it becomes a problem. We are forced by the sympathetic part of our nervous system to be ready to fight or run away. Our breathing rate increases so we can be ready. If the stress continues or is repeated frequently, the new breathing rate becomes permanent. We breathe in more air than we need all the time. With a high rate, sudden spikes of stress can cause a panic attack. We are suddenly incapable of fighting or running away.

    
  

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