I’m writing this post in response to the many occasions I’ve been told “it’s all in your head”.
When people say this it drives me crazy! What, you think i’m making this up? You think i’m imagining i feel sick?
In truth, i’ve found the symptoms are very real! and are often physical reactions being triggered by my unconscious thoughts. I guess if it’s not something you’ve ever experienced then you’re just not going to understand how it feel to be racked with panic to the point of passing-out or being sick.
There’s some truth to it, in that the stress and anxieties are coming from a state-of-mind for eg. if i was sat on the beach right now, i’d hardly be having the same panic attack. But when your mind’s stressed your body reacts in all sorts of ways and the symptoms we feel are the results of raised heart-rate and a large amount of adrenaline.
Therefore the only way to deal with the symptoms is to go to the source, what is it about a situation that is causing you to feel anxious? I’ve found that often by becoming comfortable or more in control in a situation that my body won’t react the same.
That being said, there’s no harm in treating the symptoms either, if like me, you feel sick and anxious this can often cause your stomach to hurt and you really don’t feel like eating. I normally treat this symptom with Gaviscon, similarly if i’m suffering with headaches i’l take paracetamol, or if they’re really bad i’ll take Solpadeine. These symptoms normally come up a day or two after a stressful event, it’s your bodies way of telling you to slow down and not worry so much!
So like me, you’re not making it up or imagining it! These are real symptoms of fear or panic or just being too busy, in other posts i’ll look at some ways i deal with situations to overcome the fear and become confident and eventually the symptoms go away.