Health anxiety can spike the number of panic attacks that an individual can have, especially during a year such as the one we are currently in. Panic attacks can arise from many different things such as trauma, stress, depression, or even generalized panic.
The one common theme with panic attacks is that you may feel as though you have no control over a situation you are in or thinking of and a trigger related to such the situation can trigger the panic attack. Health anxiety is no different when it comes to spurring on panic attacks that you may be succumbed to.
If you are having anxiety related to psychological stressors of your current medical and health state than perhaps you are also having a degree of panic attacks. In this situation, the trigger is anything to do with health, medicine, and physical symptoms of disease that can trigger the attack to come on. Once induced, it can be hard for you to think clearly and be able to orient yourself in a way that will be able to reduce the panic attack.
Remember one thing, health anxiety does not control you, you control it and the same can go for a panic attack you may be feeling. Try having a safe word in place that you can tell someone or call someone when you are having a panic attack. Ideally, you can have that person on speed dial.
During the panic attack, you may start to focus on your own medical symptoms and well-being. Try not to focus on them but instead focus on the here and now. Focus on one spot on the ground and try connecting the dots in the ground. At each dot, control your breathing. Exhale when you find a dot and inhale as you're looking for the dot and do not move from each dot until you have a solid breath. This can bring your heart rate down fast and actually do a double coping mechanism for health anxiety because if you are breathing normally than you are healthy.
Having recurrent panic attacks inhibits your ability to function normally and creates an ongoing sense of danger. Make sure you seek professional guidance or have your support systems close. Health anxiety is on the rise but that doesn’t mean you have to help it rise. For more information, contact a counselor in Winter Garden or a therapist in Orlando to begin anxiety counseling today.
Heather Oller is the owner and founder of Orlando Thrive Therapy, Coaching, and Counseling. She is a licensed counselor and a family mediator who has over 23 years of dedicated work as a professional in the mental health field. Through her company's mission, she continues to pave the way for future therapists, and their clients, who want a higher quality of life....and who want to thrive, rather than just survive. You can contact Orlando Thrive Therapy at 407-592-8997 for more information.