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The "popularity" of panic attacks during the ongoing pandemic!

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According to the DSM (Diagnostic and statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) the panic attack is diagnosed if one has 4 or more of these symptoms: pounding heart, palpitations, sweating, shaking, shortness of breath or smothering feeling, chest pain or discomfort, nausea, dizziness, heat waves, numbness, feeling of unreality, fear of losing control and/or fear of dying.

These are the physical reactions that indicate a panic attack and just like it's name, it is an ATTACK, like an enemy in a war zone, it is sudden, spontaneous, overwhelms the entire human body and mind in seconds and can last up to 10 minutes to reach it's peak sometimes reaching a point of fainting! One might think that there would be a direct threat to the person suffering of an attack but one might be wrong!

Granted, it is called panic disorder, an entire disorder, a condition. A "circumstantial panic attack" does not mean we have this mental disorder but
we've been witnessing lately, during the Corona virus pandemic, an increasing number of panic attacks whether in our small circles, bigger communities and all over the world, hundreds of people caught on cameras suddenly fainting for no apparent reason, no direct threat. So what's with this recent popularity?

Survival instinct, fight or flight, trangenerational trauma! 3 little psychological expressions that explain the entire phenomenon.

We as humans have a primitive instinct of survival, whenever our brain analyses a threat we have a need to protect ourselves, the prehistoric man had no terrifying Corona, life threatening virus, nor a Facebook, or a Twitter to tell him all about it, he only had a larger or a smaller animal to conquer so his response was either to "fight or flight", he fights if he thinks he's got the better  chance of survival or comes the "flight", with the risk of getting caught. Both responses trigger the adrenalin in the body, the heart is pounding a hundred miles an hour, shortened breath like he's been sprinting for hours and so on, exactly like the modern panic attack symptoms. Prehistoric or modern, the threat is real, the reaction is valid and it got through the ages with what we call the "transgenerational trauma" theory, think of it like the silent messenger slipping a note under the door in the middle of the silent night. The trauma passes on from one generation to another, in this case the physiological response to a life threatening situation got through, activated our survival instinct, triggered panic attacks all over the world, and that's how we ended up here!



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