Paranoid Personality Disorder in a nutshell
Have you heard about Sara Benincasa? She’s a wonderful and inspirational example of someone who struggled with panic attacks and agoraphobia (fear of open spaces) during many years of her life. Eventually, not only did she managed to overcome her mental issues, but she found of ways to cope with it through humour – always a great remedy for drama of any kind. In fact, last year Sara released a wonderful book that aims to inform and educate while entertaining her readers.
The book is called “Agorafabulous!: Dispatches From My Bedroom” and you should absolutely find it if you’re looking for an inspirational read that will help you look at your problems in a whole new light. For a glimpse of her unique approach to anxiety disorders, check out the following video. Here, the author provides a briefbackground on what is a panic attack, then proceeding to explain just why she actually wrote the book on Panic Attacks.
Fun, isn’t she? It’s always great to see someone who manage to turn adversity into opportunity, and Sara Benincasa is definitely such a person. It doesn’t matter if you’re struggling with anxiety personally, or if you want to help a friend or family member who’s going through the motions. In fact, even if you’re just someone who’s curious about panic attacks — get this book, because it won’t fail to entertain you, as well as showing you some perspective from the mind of a person who once struggled with the ultimate terror, only to eventually become a comedian writing about it.
So you’re struggling with Panic Attacks? Do you feel as though you’ve become a victim of yourself, living through a roller-coaster of unpredictable physical and emotional symptoms? Well, at least you’re not alone! Recent statistics indicate that an increasing number of people now suffer from anxiety issues and panic attacks. This has truly become a modern age sickness. In a way, that can be seen as a good sign for people who suffer from panic; nowadays, more and more people realize how these kinds of issues happen, and they are better prepared to deal with it or to understand when a friend or family member is facing such problems.
In fact, here’s a cute cartoon that highlights the host of symptoms that typically occur during the “Fight or Flight” reaction that triggers the uprising of panic attacks:
It’s worth to be mindful of all these symptoms, since awareness can be a powerful ally when dealing with a panic attack. Next time you find yourself getting caught up in the vicious cycle that leads to a uncontrollable panic, try to reason with yourself by being mindful of what is going on inside of you, and understanding these symptoms are just a physical reaction to acute mental distress. This understanding is sometimes all it takes to keep you from joining the roller coaster of panic, and in time (with practice) you will be able to completely dismiss panic attacks before they get out of control.
Do you know someone like James? He is all-around a great guy, but sometimes he suffers from these panic attacks. At times he goes reclusive, as though he’s afraid to death of something he can’t even fathom. No one really understands what he’s going through, because many people still don’t have a clue of what is a panic attack. That’s too bad for James!
If you know someone like James, why not lend him your ear — sometimes that’s all it takes for a patient suffering from panic attacks to get started on the way to recovery: a friendly hand reaching out into their inner turmoil. You know…
People in our society are still too prude about seeking psychological help. What is the point? That makes just as much sense as being ashamed to see a MD when you get ill. Just face it: everyone has their share of physical and/or mental ailments, and fortunately there are many roads to recovery, and many avenues for treatment. Let’s just cut out the drama and get pragmatic, shall we?