PANIC Disorder - Demystifying the DSM - Mentally STRONG

Mentally STRONG Academy Podcast

14-06-2022 • 6 mins

PANIC DISORDER - Using the Mentally STRONG Method, we would take a Thought Map and we would say: Panic anxiety, last time you had a panic attack. What was going on? What about in the past when you had a panic attack? What was going on? You know, when was the first time you had a panic attack and what was going on? Did you ever have a panic attack or even anxiety in your childhood, right? These are the questions that we would ask to kind of see what the patterns are that brings on that physical symptom, because oftentimes once you get to that panic level of anxiety, we need to use a medication to kind of bring you down. And what happened is because there's such a physical rush of symptoms you kind of forget maybe what the trigger was, right? And so, sitting down doing that Thought Map and trying to find patterns around it. Because once you know what the internal button is probably a core connection that is being pushed when that happens you will have more control of it. And it feels, a panic attack feels like you're out of control, and that is a scary place to be. Nobody feels good in a panic attack. It is possible to deep breathe your way out of a panic attack. I can do that. But oftentimes, if you haven't had therapy and insight, knowing how to do grounding techniques, knowing how to calm yourself down, it might be very difficult to talk yourself or bring yourself out of a panic attack. But that is the goal is to bring yourself out of it, but I think what happens is that the fear fuels the fire. The physical symptoms of the panic attack. The fear of the panic attack fuels that fire, and so then that panic anxiety just gets worse, worse, worse, worse instead of having some insight and knowing how to calm that down, so you definitely need if you are experiencing panic attacks, you definitely need to get with someone who can teach you mindfulness. Deep breathing, grounding techniques, stimulating the Vagus nerve which can help the physical symptoms. For example, you have the biggest nerves in your neck. If you hum, that vibration actually stimulates the Vagus nerve, which is the biggest nerve. Is what would help you calm down. It is also a physical nerve of a calming nerve. These are, there are multiple techniques out there for learning how to bring down or manage your panic anxiety. But also figuring out what your triggers are so that you can decrease the intensity and the frequency in which this occurs. You know, if you're unable to do those things, you might have an underlying also generalized anxiety that you would need to treat with typically an antidepressant medication to get more neurotransmission in your brain. The more we have floating around, the more we can utilize to help us have control of our brain, so that's panic. If you are experiencing it, I know it is super scary, but make sure that you're trying to treat it from every avenue, not just medication so you can do this.
Dr. Cristi Bundukamara, Ed.D, PMHNP-BC --- A Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and a Doctor of Healthcare Education has experienced unimaginable trials that have caused many feelings such as depression, anxiety, anger, & overwhelming stress.
However, she has developed a new pathway to becoming Mentally Strong & Choosing to be Happy.  With purpose, Dr. B has developed the phases that were refined within the Mentally STRONG Method that she created and wants to share with you.