It's Black Friday, and you can bet I'm nowhere near a store right now. This is my annual day to stay home, recover from Thanksgiving, and not subject myself to the panic attack that's likely to strike if I go out into the shopping madness.
It's like our nervous systems can't handle the flood of sensory input. To me, it feels like I just short out and can no longer control my mind.
If panic attacks are a major symptom for you, it's possible that it's gone beyond "symptom" and become a diagnosable panic disorder. Even if it's not severe enough for that, you may benefit from learning about panic disorders and how to manage them:
There, you'll find a compilation of articles from expert Katharina Star, About.com's Guide to Panic Disorder. She's not only a counselor, she's dealt with panic disorder herself.
Do you get panic attacks? Have you been diagnosed with a panic disorder? What triggers your attacks? What helps? Leave your comments below!
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