Put an End to Panic Attacks


Re-enactment: 

The Most Powerful Technique For Curing 

Panic Attacks   

by Daniel Roach


One of the reasons panic attacks can seem so terrifying is that most people simply don't understand them. You've probably heard that knowledge is power and that is absolutely the case with panic. The more you understand what panic attacks are, what they bring with them and how to identify them, the faster you'll be able to start controlling them.

It's easy to get caught up in the "NOW, NOW NOW" type of mindset when you start trying to find a cure for panic attacks. You want them gone and it's tempting to take a pill. But too many people never stop to consider whether they may have a deeper problem that needs to be addressed. Fortunately there is an easy way to get to the root of your panic problem.


The Re-enactment Strategy

Getting to the hidden problem behind your panic is the first step in stopping it. You can spend the rest of your days trying to hold back the rush of symptoms, but until you realize that panic is a mental signal that something is wrong in your life, you'll never be able to feel truly at peace.

A great way to get to the bottom of what's wrong is to use a cognitive therapy technique called reenactment. Re-enactment is becoming more and more popular among psychologists and counselors to treat panic attacks because it allows the patient to recognize the patterns in their panic attacks and ultimately change them.


How to Use Re-enactment at Home

The good news is that you don't have to go to counseling to use this technique. You could do this on your own, though I've found that it's helpful to have someone else there to guide you through the proper questions and get you to delve deeper than you might be used to.

To begin, find a comfortable chair to lounge in and close your eyes or adjust yourself in a way that is relaxing.

Once you've settled in, have your partner walk you through the process. Starting at your most recent attacks and moving backward, project yourself into the past and imagine the attack as vividly as possible. Then begin answering the questions your partner gives you in as much detail as you can.


Here are some sample questions:


  1. What was it like before the attack set in?
  2. What were you feeling just before the attack?
  3. What was the last calm thought you had?
  4. What was your first clue that something wasn't right?
  5. When did those symptoms start to go away?

What you are doing is uncovering patterns in your anxiety so have your partner jot down some notes about the answers you give. When you've finished, go over the list of answers with your partner and start finding similarities.

See if you can find common triggers that set off your attacks or a common progression that your attacks go through. Any type of recurring pattern is very important so be thorough.

But this exercise is only part of the battle, next comes taking the list of similarities and delving into each one to find the hidden beliefs that might be causing your panic and anxiety.



About the Author

My name is Daniel Roach, I run EndofAnxiety.net as a way to help people suffering anxiety and panic issues without resorting to medication. I started this in 2009 after the stress of starting my own company forced me to seek a cure for myself.

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