Imagine you were completely unable to experience fear – not from a near drowning or mugging, not even significant air turbulence during flight. If you suffer from panic, you Continue reading “How do you scare someone who has never felt fear??”
In my last post, I recounted an Icelandic tale about a woman alone with her small children who becomes so panicked by a sudden noise and a chilly wind (was it a monster or a winter Continue reading “Panic and Separation Anxiety”
I recently returned from a wonderful first trip to Iceland. Near our cabin at the base of an extinct volcano, I found a lake where I could try my luck fly fishing. In the process of learning about fishing in Lake Baularvallatvatn, I discovered a fascinating legend about a farm nearby. Continue reading “Panic in the Land of Fire and Ice”
In my last blog, I shared a compelling account from NFL great Earl Campbell as he described his first panic attack1. Today, I’ll share more of Earl’s personal story. This time, he describes an all-too-common experience: the fruitless and frantic search for a medical explanation for his frightening symptoms: Continue reading “Panic & Medical Care – Earl Campbell Part 2”
Unless you have suffered from a panic attack, you may not understand just how mysterious and terrifying they can be. The best way to explain it is to hear about the experience directly from someone who had a panic attack Continue reading “The Panic Experience – Earl Campbell Part 1”
Today, I’m going to talk about the different types clinical trials we used when setting out to study the effectiveness of Freespira for people suffering from panic. Continue reading “Freespira Research in Clinical Settings”
In today’s post, I’ll talk about an area of increasing interest and research – the relationship between breathing and panic attacks. Continue reading “Panic & Breathing Irregularities”
The concept of panic disorder has a very peculiar history. The earliest roots of panic can be found in Greek mythology1. The ‘pan’ in ‘panic’ refers to the Greek god Pan, the god of shepherds and of wild places.
Pan is an interesting character – depicted as having the wooly hindquarters and horns of a goat. Continue reading “Who put the ‘Pan’ in ‘Panic’?”
Palo Alto Health Sciences is starting a blog series about panic attacks, panic disorder, and panic-related conditions. Let’s begin by getting all of us on the same page by defining the panic attack. Panic attacks have three distinct characteristics: 1. An abrupt surge of fear that ordinarily will last for 10 to 30 minutes, 2. A variety of intense and unpleasant physical symptoms, and 3. Fearful psychological experiences related to the attack.