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Thursday, January 1, 2015

A Panic Attack Maybe an Emotional Trigger Reaction

Difficulty knowing if you are really having a real panic attack? 

                           Is it all in your perception?

Do you experience what you think (or have been told) as a panic attacks? Are you a survivor of abuse, bullying, catastrophic, combat, domestic violence, harassment, rape, trauma, or indoctrination situations in your life? 

If you have, you are probably feeling some degree of Post-traumatic Stress from your experience. Then knowingly or unknowingly, you’re carrying buried memory or known as dissociative memory that have active conscious triggers.

Many times a panic attack is not an actual panic attack. Sometimes a panic attack is a mislabeled trigger response. So it appears that the symptoms are almost identical. Therefore the only difference between a panic attack and a PTSD trigger response is perception.

What is a trigger?

trigger is a sensory stimuli such as an emotion, a physical pain, a visual cue, a sound, a smell, a touch or thought resulting from an experience that connects any complete memory or portion of a memory to your conscious awareness. This memory may have been held in long-term memory storage or dissociate memory storage. A trigger can be connected to a good or positive experience as well as a bad, negative or life threatening experience.

The trigger experience

Every time you go through the following experiences rapid heartbeat, your heart beating out of your chest, sweating in every part of your body, cold hands and feet but hot body core, unusual smells for no reason, tightening of your throat, dry mouth and unable to say anything, physically frozen unable and unable to do anything, constriction of the your visual field, quick onset of fear or terror for no apparent reason, emotional numbness, confusion, loss of the ability to focus, loss of the ability to concentrate, dissociating in and out, intense anxiety as though something is going to happen, hypervigilant, hyper aware and hypersensitive as well as a rapid onset of irritability it may not be symptoms of a panic attack at all but rather the triggering response signal of forthcoming flashback.

If you are honest with yourself and review all the aforementioned reactions, you will see that you are really experiencing a subconscious trigger response of a flashback rather than going through a panic attack.

Unfortunately the diagnosis of a "panic attack" seems to have become a knee jerk catch-all diagnosis made by professionals that are unknowledgeable of Post Traumatic Stress symptoms and how PTSD mirrors many other diagnoses.

Types of Triggers

  • Emotional 
  • Environmental 
  • Mental 
  • Physical 
  • Relationship 
  • Situational 
  • Visual 
  • Verbal 
Take Away

Overall, recognition of the true difference between the two will deflate the influence and intensity of the trigger response. Take your personal authority back and master your life.

         Coach Bill
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