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Ways to tackle catastrophic thoughts.

The image below is a post from out Instagram page.

Here are some examples of catastrophizing:

  • “If I fail this test, I will never pass school, and I will be a total failure in life.”
  • “If I don’t get this write I will have a terrible life”
  • “If I don’t recover from this quick I will die”

Doctors also call catastrophizing “magnifying,” because a person makes a situation seem much worse, dire, or severe than it is. Catastrophizing can lead to depression in some individuals. Fortunately, there are several methods to address the condition and avoid catastrophizing.

Fast facts on catastrophizing: The first fact is it can be a result of anxiety, another fact is most people do it this at sometime in their life. Finally another fact is there are doctors who can help address this.

Some ways to cope include managing stress, learning being healthy, staying active, getting enough rest, avoiding triggers (if possible) and finally learning coping techniques.

If a person has an underlying medical condition, such as depression, a doctor may prescribe antidepressant medications to help. However it is important not to overthink it or stress about it.

That’s it for this post I hope you have learnt something new that can be helpful for you.

My article for @charitynopanic

I am so happy to say I get to partner up with the amazing charity no panic and write my own article for there blog here is what I wrote.

My name is Sude. G and this is my story.
I was 11 and a half when I had my first panic attack, it was a very
traumatic experience as you can imagine. I barely knew anything about
mental health at this point and I certainly didn’t know I could be
affected by it.
The attack happened when I was away on a school trip with a few other
classmates. We were visiting a house of horror, one of these places you
have to escape from. While there, we were learning about torture
methods used in the olden days . Little did I know that I would end up
having a complete melt down followed by a full-blown panic attack and
hyperventilating.
Being so young, I barely knew anything about anxiety and had certainly
never experienced anything like this before. I thought I was dying. I
couldn’t catch my breath and my body was shaking uncontrollably. My
heart was racing, and I felt myself falling out of control. I remember
feeling so alone even though I was surrounded by people. Days later I
was still finding it hard to come to terms with what happened. I decided
all I wanted to do was forget it ever happened, so I blocked it from my
thoughts and never spoke of it for over a year.
Fast forward eighteen months. By this time I had changed schools and
was now in year 9. Mental health was still a taboo subject for me
though at school we were regularly reminded of all the different
websites that we could reach out to if we needed them.
I don’t remember why or how but slowly anxiety crept in and I started
getting panic attacks more and more until it was an every day
occurrence. I felt sort of numb to the world and realised that there was
something wrong with me. The final straw was in 2019 when I was on a
flight to Turkey for a holiday, I had a huge panic attack on the plane
and knew that I needed help. On returning to the UK I made an
appointment to see my GP. I was told it was nothing serious and it
“sounded like” anxiety and panic attacks and I was sent home.
Panic attacks were part of my daily life. I felt physically and mentally
exhausted. Every night I cried myself to sleep, I was so scared and was
sure I was going crazy. Out of desperation my parents decided I should
see another doctor has things were now out of control. This time was
different. The doctor listened, he understood. I was sent for tests and
there were appointments where we just talked. I was referred to cahms.
Unfortunately the waiting time was so long so I saw a private
psychiatrist. This was my start of recovery. With the help of family,
doctors, my psychiatrist, charities and all the other people who were
there for me I managed to overcome this disorder and feel myself again.
I learnt how to cope and manage my anxiety levels.
Once I was panic attack free, I decided to start my own blog to try and
help others going through the same.
https://naz9.home.blog/
@panicmentalhealth

Meditation for mental health

Meditation is the practice of thinking deeply or focusing one’s mind for a period of time. While there are many forms of meditation, the ultimate goal is a feeling of relaxation and inner peace, which can improve mental health. And there’s a growing body of research to support that.

Meditation can give you a sense of calm, peace and balance that can benefit both your emotional well-being and your overall health.

Ways to meditate can include:

  • Guided meditation. Sometimes called guided imagery or visualization, with this method of meditation you form mental images of places or situations you find relaxing.You try to use as many senses as possible, such as smells, sights, sounds and textures. You may be led through this process by a guide or teacher.
  • Mantra meditation. In this type of meditation, you silently repeat a calming word, thought or phrase to prevent distracting thoughts.
  • Mindfulness meditation. This type of meditation is based on being mindful, or having an increased awareness and acceptance of living in the present moment.

Anyone can practice meditation. It’s simple and inexpensive, and it doesn’t require any special equipment.

And you can practice meditation wherever you are — whether you’re out for a walk, riding the bus, waiting at the doctor’s office or even in the middle of a difficult business meeting.

Men – the silence around male mental health

Since it is Father’s Day I would like to talk about how boys and men also can suffer mental illness. In England, around 1 in 8 men have a common mental health problem. However, men may be reluctant to seek support for their mental health or disclose mental health problems to loved ones. This may be because of Societal Expectations, that is, the ways in which men and women have been traditionally expected to behave may play a role in mental health. For men, societal expectations about how men “should” behave and what masculinity is includes the expectation that men be the breadwinners of their family, and that they display what have traditionally been perceived as masculine traits like strength, stoicism, dominance, and control.

In 2017, 5,821 suicides were recorded in Great Britain, of these 75% were males. Suicide represents the largest cause of death for men under 50. This may be because the are scared to seek help. The silence around boys and men suffering mental illness must be broken.

Covid-19

COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus.


Explanation of the virus

The main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are a high temperature, a new, continuous cough and a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.To help stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), stay at home as much as possible and try to avoid close contact with anyone you do not live with.You can usually treat mild coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms at home. If your symptoms are severe, you may need medical care until you recover.

How has it affected peoples mental health

I know that living with a severe mental illness can be challenging. And the current coronavirus pandemic could create additional problems. The NHS, social services and other services will continue to support people during the coronavirus crisis. But they might not be able to provide their normal level or support. It’s important to remember that the crisis is temporary and that things should return to normal eventually. Another issue it has created is you may not be able to go see therapists, psychiatrist, CHAMS and so many other mental health supporters so thing you can do include •email your psychiatrist •talk to family of friends •call free mental health lines •check out mental health blogs or websites such as ‘young minds’

Lock down /quarantine

Lock down and quarantine are affecting mental illnesses because it may be stressing you out as it is completely new. If you are someone who doesn’t like change this is a big step forward and you should ease you self slowly meaning take it one step at a time.

Disclaimer: I am not a professional this is my personal opinion and information collection from the nhs website.

Self love and confidence

Confidence! Self esteem! Self love!

Self-esteem refers to how you feel about yourself overall; how much esteem, positive regard or self-love you have. … Self-confidence is how you feel about your abilities and can vary from situation to situation. I may have healthy self-esteem, but low confidence about situations involving math (this is true).

Honestly now days we think we have to live up to society expectations but that’s not true. You have to love your self you are going to spend you whole life with. It sounds scary but it’s not because you perfect. Perfect in your own way. You don’t have to look like someone else! You are beautiful you are made like that for a reason. One of the reasons you think someone looks better than you is because they are confident. And who says you can’t be too?

Credits to image owners

Productivity

I’m no professional but here is my opinion

One of the most prominent traits of my personality is creativity. I really enjoy building stuff. I mean: Really. I usually spend 1.5 to 3 hours a day studying, hacking on side-projects and more recently, writing. And then one day I started noticing that I was getting home, after a regular day of work, feeling too exhausted to be productive, or even too excited to get anything done. Then I thought: “How can I be so worn out if my job basically consists of me sitting in a cozy chair, under air conditioning, typing stuff on a keyboard? It’s not like I’m a mason carrying bricks all day long. I can’t be that exhausted”. Yes, software development is definitely mental-taxing, but I knew I was crossing the line. My next thought was, “OK, so, I’m very stressed because of X, Y and Z”. Then I got X, Y and Z sorted and nothing changed; Which led me to therapy; Which let me to a psychiatrist and ultimately being diagnosed with Anxiety Disorder.

New technique

SO I THOUGHT I SHOULD LET YOU KNOW THE NEW TECHNIQUE I HAVE CREATED TO WORK FOR ME.

THIS IS GOING TO SOUND ODD TO SOME PEOPLE BUT IT ALSO MIGHT HELP SOME SOME HERE I GO. WHAT I HAVE BEEN DOING RECENTLY IT ACTING BIGGER AND BETTER THAN ANXIETY MEANING WHEN I FEEL IT TAKING IT OVER MY BODY I SAY “NO YOU ARE NOT REAL YOU JUST WANT ME TO THINK A SPECIFIC SPOT HURTS BECAUSE YOU ( MY BODY) WANT ME TO PRODUCE ADRENALIN AT THE WRONG TIME WRONG PLACE.” THIS ALSO APPLIED TO SOME OTHER SYMPTOMS.IM NOT SAYING THIS WILL WORK FOR EVERYONE BUT IT’S WORTH A TRY.

Note: this applies to panics attack yo

Note: you have to find what works for you. And that might be something which you didn’t expect but once you find it you feel less worried about panic attacks coming because you will know what to do.

Note: general definition; Adrenaline, also known as epinephrine, is a hormone and medication. Adrenaline is normally produced by both the adrenal glands and a small number of neurons in the medulla oblongata where it acts as a neurotransmitter involved in regulating visceral functions. 

Holiday season

‘Tis the season to be jolly”

Yes it Christmas time again and don’t we all love it it. Well if you don’t as much because of the stress and anxiety keep reading.

1. You may be experiencing this because of social anxiety as in this time you may have more visitors.

2. Drink Responsibly because some say I’d relives stress to much is dangerous. So instead stay hydrated.

3. Slow down and leave time for you.

4. 4 & 3 are very similar keep a diary so you are up to pace but not to fast.

  • 5. Support you must know you have this wether it be a professional or an Instagram page. (Our page: panic_attack_support) (our website is about anxiety and panic attacks)
  • Art

    Art has been something special ever since my childhood but only now am I seeing how it is so much more thank a hobby. It is soothing, relaxing and helps you get away from negative thoughts. My physiatrist even recommended it to me.

    Art therapy can be used as a complement to traditional mental health treatment. The aim is to manage behaviors, process feelings, reduce stress and anxiety, and increase self-esteem. Self-discovery: Creating art can help you acknowledge and recognize feelings that have been lurking in your subconscious.

    So if you can find time you when you are free to just sit down and do some art. If may be sketching with pencils or painting with acrylic or water paints. Or possible just colouring or oil pastels. There are so many other forms of art you can explore and find the fit for you.

    Thank you for reading

    Childhood

    One trigger for panic attack as sever anxiety is having a bad childhood.my child hood was pretty amazing so it want the case with me. So I don’t know much

    A study demonstrates that  childhood experiences may lead to altered connectivity in the brain’s fear circuitry — which, in turn, may lead to the development of internalizing symptoms, such as depression and anxiety, by late adolescence — especially in females.

    A child hood trauma could also be the cause the first time I have a panic attack was in my young childhood. We were on a school trip to London dungeon and it was a horrific experience. My biggest regret. Before going I had no idea what it was but all my friend and school were jealous that I had been selected to go, they didn’t tell me much about it just the fact that is was “awesome“. I went and the first thing that happened was we went on a pitch black lift which was shaking so it seemed as if it was Broken and was so small. I was terrified they told us to try to find a way out I couldn’t and I had claustrophobia and agoraphobia so it felt as if it was the end of my life. They they took us to a dark corridor and the place have several stages at stag 3 or 4 I couldn’t take it it was repulsive I deceived it. Everytime I ask the teacher how long we have left because I really want to get out she told me there was no way out. Do you have any idea how that felt? Furthermore I had a panic attack and I had no idea what was going on that is when the actors had to stop acting and get me out as quick as They could I soon calmed down. But the teacher was sad because she didn’t get to finish the course.
    I take the blameAnd blame it on the school since I did not do enough research before hand.i blame the school since they just said it will be fun and that I should go 100% or I will be missing out.My parent no idea what It was so I don’t blame them at all and they were very supportive.

    I managed to overcome anxiety and panic attacks and you it is one of my greatest accomplishment.

    That’s my story. Many people each day each year of a traumatic childhood experience. Some leading to ptsd.

    Other symptoms can be

    
    Eating disturbance.

    • Sleep disturbances.
    • Somatic complaints.
    • Clingy/separation anxiety.
    • Feeling helpless/passive.
    • Irritable/difficult to soothe.
    • Constricted play, exploration, mood.
    • Repetitive/post-traumatic play.

    And something which may help is counselling seeing a psychiatrist or talking to your GP about what to do next.

    So help share awareness by sharing this site and help people all over the world beat panic attacks

    

    Effect on body and mind

    • a churning feeling in your stomach

    • feeling light-headed or dizzy

    • pins and needles

    • feeling restless or unable to sit still

    • headaches, backache or other aches and pains

    • faster breathing

    • a fast, thumping or irregular heartbeat

    • sweating or hot flushes

    • problems sleeping

    • grinding your teeth, especially at night

    • nausea (feeling sick)

    • needing the toilet more or less often

    • changes in your sex drive

    • having panic attacks.

    Effects on your mind

    • feeling tense, nervous or unable to relax

    • having a sense of dread, or fearing the worst

    • feeling like the world is speeding up or slowing down

    • feeling like other people can see you’re anxious

    • feeling like you can’t stop worrying, or that bad things will happen if you stop

    • worrying about anxiety itself, for example worrying about when panic attacks might happen

    • worrying that you’re losing touch with reality

    • rumination – thinking a lot about bad experiences, or thinking over a situation again and again

    • depersonalisation – feeling disconnected from your mind or body, or like you’re watching someone else

    • derealisation – feeling disconnected from the world around you, or like the world isn’t real

    • worrying a lot about things that might happen in the future

    Accepting panic attacks and anxiety

    I only start having panic attack about a month or two ago but I haven’t had one for a while now but the fear of it coming back is unreal. The thing with panic attacks is you may fear it’s going to come back and that can be a cause of the next one.

    But the thing is you have to not be scared of it because you have to thing “so what if it comes I have had it before and got through it so why not now” You have to replete to your self you can get through it if if starts and that it is not permanent.

    Acknowledge that that you have it and that you can beat it if you want to enough. Educate your self on what your body is going through (maybe using this website/blog).Then guider our a way which works for you of how to deal with it.

    Consider seeing a professional. This may be helpful.

    Finally if you are lucky and have a supportive family like I did then talk to them it might be what you need. Research if anyone in your family had it and how they got through this.You can get through it remember it hasn’t been logged that anyone has died form it. You can do this. Even if you just have a friend that you trust talk to them see if they can help.

    Types of anxiety

    There are many types of anxiety here are some example
    •Generalised Anxiety Disorder

    Can be due to stress

    • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

    There are many types but 2% suffer

    • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

    You may have experienced something traumatic

    • Social Phobia (or Social Anxiety Disorder)

    Makes it difficult to socialise

    It is use full to know what you have so you can treat it.

    Talk to your go. At a extremely severe stage you may be prescribed medication from GP. 

    Treatment

    First before trying to treat it go to your local GP and tell them about your situation. This would mean that they have to give a blood test to rule out any other chemical reasons for it. Such as thyroids. (over- or under-function of the thyroid glands. The thyroid glands is an essential organ for producing hormones to maintain a healthy metabolism) also a blood test may also put your mind to ease.Treating panic attacks is difficult and different for everyone. However the main thing you can do to reduce the amount of panic attacks you get it is practice breathing techniques one for when you are not having and panic attack is breath in thought your nose and out from your mouth but very slowly and gently. One breathing exercises for when you are having a panic attack only breath using your nose this will decease the speed ,reducing the symptoms, and increase oxygen in-take.

    Find out what you trigger is very important since then you will probably find a way to reduce getting it. For example one of my fears is agoraphobia (fear of places or situations that might cause you to panic and make you feel trapped) and I just avoid it or come to terms with it. This means if you are in a situation which you feel comfortable it may be useful to act like you are not scared and trick your self into thinking it’s not real.

    If you don’t know what the trigger is Keep a diary or journal this would mean you can keep track to see when it happens and why. If you are seeing a psychiatrist they can help examine you diary to see where the problem is.

    Counselling or visiting a psychiatrist. This is helpful since they can give you more information and provide you with and explanation of what your fears or triggers may be.

    There are many apps you can use to help hear is a short list

    •reflecty https://reflectly.app/ (journal)

    Or other online websites such as

    Symptoms of panic attacks

  • Racing heart
  • dizzy.
  • Tingling
  • Sense of death.
  • sweaty or chills.
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Note: everyone is different you many not experience all of these or you may experience different symptoms because we are all different.
  • The main thing you can do to help your self is take deep breaths. The only reason you experience symptoms is because you are breathing quickly or not enough So this means your body is not receiving the oxygen therefore it may cause trembling or other symptoms .I know during a Panic attack it is hard to think about this  so if possible have an emergency contact on your phone  someone who you can call, and they will know what is going on and can talk to you to distract you And remind you to take deep breath 
  • Getting to know the creator

    This website was created to help people get through anxiety and panic attacks.
    The creator suffered extreme panic attack and with support got through it. There for they want to help others and this website is how they want to do it.

    What may be available on the website

    • advice

    • helpful tips

    •other websites that can help

    •emergency help line

    •story of how a teenage girl suffered and got through this.

    •what is this disorder