Q: I used to have panic attacks about 2 years ago. I thought I’d got over them and they stopped, but they’ve come back worse than they were before. My life hasn’t really changed, so I can’t understand why they’ve started again. Why after 2 years have they suddenly come back into my life?
A: It might not be obvious, but there will be a reason why panic attacks have come back into your life. They wouldn’t be there if there wasn’t a form of high anxiety somewhere in your life.
Are you currently dealing with extra pressure and stress from somewhere – with work, or with family? It will be worthwhile sitting down and having a good think about where the extra stress might be coming from because that’s likely to be the cause of your high anxiety and panic. If you follow my DP Rule, it’s likely to come back to a fear related to other people.
If you’re really struggling, speak to friends and family, and get their opinion. If that’s not an option, speak to a professional, like a counsellor – a good counsellor is trained to help you get to the root cause of your fear. Once you’ve established what the cause is, you can do something about it and go to the next stage – facing the fear and dealing with it. When you’re able to do that, it will stop your panic attacks, and if you do it effectively, they won’t ever return.
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