Anxiety and panic attacks are diabolical and tricky and frequently overwhelming. They are easier to handle if you break them down into their three components and understand and deal with each of them one by one. It’s when you can’t see these three aspects that the experience can become overwhelming and you can feel out of control.
Every attack almost always involves these
Symptoms: these can be many and varied -racing heartbeat, dizziness, nausea, feelings of unreality are some of the most common (see symptoms).
Shock: every attack comes as a shock. They often seem to appear completely out of nowhere so of course we feel shocked when they occur.
Fear for the future: when we don’t understand what’s going on, or where the attack came from and we feel like a victim of something over which you have no control, most of us will start to feel really scared about it happening again.
It's amazing how, when you have the knowledge, the power is taken out of something that helped us escape from danger in prehistoric times, but these days is more like an annoying computer feature that pops up all the time when you don't need it!