What are panic attacks?

Anxiety attacks or panic attacks are occurrences of intense fear or apprehension that happens suddenly. The terms panic attacks and anxiety attacks are used to describe a broad spectrum of acute anxiety symptoms. Many people who have experienced such occurrences will remember the experiences as incidences where without any warning they suddenly felt very anxious and fearful.

Panic attack symptoms usually last for about half an hour. However, the duration of an attack can be as short as 15 seconds, or may end up persisting for many hours. Often, the victims of such attacks will suffer from a fear or a sense of dying. They may feel that they are experiencing a heart attack. Others are fearful of “going crazy”, losing control of themselves. At the same time, they may feel giddy and nauseous, and may experience a tingling sensation throughout the body.

The sense of lacking control over what is happening tends to increase many sufferers' anxiety symptoms. Very often, these feelings provoke in the individual a strong desire to flee the place where the attack first took place. Although they appear to be random, these episodes are in reality caused by a “fight or flight” response that is occurring out of context. This “fight or flight” response overloads the body with hormones (particularly adrenaline) that aids it in defending against harm. A panic attack is a response of the sympathetic nervous system.

Causes

Some possible causes of anxiety attacks are:

Substance abuse – When someone who is addicted to illicit drugs or other intoxicating substances stops their consumption of such substances, anxiety attacks may occur spontaneously.

Situation bound anxiety attacks – A person who has suffered a panic attack in a particular situation (examples include school, workplace, public toilets) may associate such situations with anxiety attacks, and because he becomes predisposed to having anxiety attacks when placed in such situations again . This is a form of classical conditioning.

Hereditary – It has been observed that panic attacks seem to run in families. However, many people who have no family history of the disorder also develop it. Environmental factors such as an overly cautious view of the world expressed by parents and cumulative stress over time have also been found to be causes.

Short-term triggers – Major life events, such as the death of a loved one, significant personal loss, life transitions, and even consumption of stimulants such as nicotine or other drugs, can trigger an attack.

Psychological causes – Mistaken beliefs, withheld feelings, avoidance of anxiety causing situations, negative self talk, even a lack of assertiveness, all these can also lead to an anxiety attack.

While the various symptoms of an anxiety attack may cause the sufferer to feel that his or her body is failing, it is in fact protecting itself from harm.

Treatment for anxiety attacks

The Linden Method is the only drug free, psychologist supported, 100% guaranteed, anxiety disorder cure recommended by government health services, psychologists and doctors. It has an astounding 96.7% success rate.

This method of treatment was developed by Charles Linden. Charles Linden suffered from panic attacks and agoraphobia himself for many years. He tried numerous conventional methods, including medication, without success, but eventually cured himself. The method by which he succeeded in curing himself is now the basis of the Linden Method. It is a popular method of treatment in England and Europe and has to date helped more than 100,000 people overcome their panic attacks.

Every single anxiety disorder, panic attack, phobia, obsessive compulsive disorder and post traumatic stress disorder sufferer on this planet has a condition that is perpetuated by the same single thing – the Amygdala. This fact has been known for many years and is common knowledge among scientists throughout the world. The Amygdala a small almond shaped organ in the brain. No matter how bad your symptoms are, no matter how long you have had your anxiety disorder, this tiny organ is 100% responsible. It is the cause of your anxiety; not stress, bereavement or life circumstances – these are just the triggers for the anxiety.

The Linden Method is the answer because it is a method that reverses the changes that have been made in the Amygdala. No other therapeutic practice has the same dramatic effect.

The Linden Method does not involve any form of self hypnosis or subliminal messages. The method is not based on any religion or spiritual practice. It is based purely on science. Do not let anyone tell you that drugs and expensive therapy are the only solutions to anxiety disorder and panic attacks.