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Dec
15

POWER OVER PANIC: CONTROLLING THINKING

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What if?’. How many times during the course of the disorder have we all said this in one form or another: ‘what if I have an attack?’,'what if something happens?’,'what if I make a fool of myself?’ How many times has the anxiety stopped us from doing what we have wanted to do? How many times have we spent days, weeks or months worrying about ‘what if? What if this is perpetuating the disorder? It is.

Thinking about it

We give our thoughts the power and our thoughts destroy our lives. Everyone is always telling us ‘it is mind over matter’, or ‘you are always thinking about it’ and ‘you should just stop thinking about it’. This is exactly what we have to do. We have to stop thinking about it. We have to get to the point where it is mind over matter—we don’t really mind because it doesn’t really matter. In other words, we don’t mind if we do have an attack because it doesn’t really matter.

It is difficult for most people who haven’t experienced a panic attack and/or anxiety to understand why we can’t stop thinking about it and why we can’t ‘pull ourselves together’. If it were that simple we wouldn’t have the disorder. It is no use trying to ‘think positive’, because it is extremely hard to be positive when we are living with unremitting symptoms of anxiety and ongoing attacks.

Even though we are told repeatedly that nothing is going to happen to us, it is difficult to believe when we are constantly betrayed by the attacks and anxiety. We think the next attack is going to be ‘the one’ in which our fears will be realised. We can’t just ‘not think about it’ when we live and breathe it every day. This is the problem—we live and breathe it—because we constantly think it!

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