Panic away is a natural approach to eradicating anxiety in a very short time. The program was developed by Joe Bang, who himself a victim for many years.
First, a close look at anxiety and panic disorders in general.
Anxiety is mostly caused by stress that gets out of control. Stress can manifest itself in various forms, one of which is anxiety. According to the Mayo Clinic, the following are some of the symptoms of anxiety:
- Increased heart rate
- Excessive sweating
- Chills and hot flashes
- Cramping, chest pains
- Dizziness and lightheadedness
Anxiety is common in all animals. Psychologists say that anxiety is designed to protect animals from predators and other prevalent dangers. It has been linked to an alarm system that which is triggered to inform you of an imminent threat so that you can take the necessary steps to help you protect yourself. In brief, anxiety is built in to ensure our continued survival. Anxiety is, therefore, a very powerful response.
Panic and anxiety are closely related. Panic checks in when tension exceeds the limit and begins to manifest without a valid reason. It is very discomforting. Today, there are many triggers of anxiety. When anxiety is not controlled, it graduates to panic: there are two main types of panic attacks!
- Spontaneous (uncued) panic attacks:
These kinds of attacks are not associated with any particular trigger or situation. In other words, they are not predictable. They seem to come out of nowhere. These attacks can even strike during a relaxed, calm period or when the person is even asleep.
- Situational (cued) attacks:
These attacks occur when there has been some form of anxiety-provoking event if such an event is anticipated they will primarily happen if one has experienced anxiety previously in such a situation. The symptom becomes apparent when the situation manifests itself. The symptoms of a panic attack occur at two distinct levels:
Mental symptoms: these include:
- Impending Doom
- Catastrophic thoughts
- Negative thinking
Physical symptoms will include:
- Excessive sweating
- Unexplained chest pains
- Pins and needles
Panic attacks vary regarding severity. A more severe panic attack will present the following symptoms:
- The persistent state of fear
- Continuous feeling of dread without any present cause
- Concentration deficit
- Inner nervousness and tension
- Frequent irritability and edginess
- Being hyper-vigilant toward imagined signs of danger
- Lack of focus. The mind feels blank
- Fear of going crazy and losing control
- The feeling of unreality and detachment
Extreme physical symptoms of panic attacks will include:
- Sensations of choking
- Severe stomach pains
- Dizziness accompanied by vertigo
- Frequent urination
- Diarrhea or changes in bowel movement
- Extreme hyperventilation
- Hot flashes and chills
- Tremors and shakes
- Muscle tension
- Severe headaches
- Extreme fatigue
- Severe nausea, acidity, and heartburn
The biological explanation of panic attacks
When danger is imminent, the brain releases some signals to a section of the nervous structure. This portion of the nervous system is responsible for getting the body ready to attack and at the same time it is given the task of calming the body down and restoring back to a state of equilibrium.
This section of the nervous system is therefore divided into distinct parts, to enable it to carry out the above two functions: the two parts are: the sympathetic nervous system and the parasympathetic nervous system.
The sympathetic function gets the body to respond to danger: either to fight or fight.
The parasympathetic system, on the other hand, serves the restorative function. It seeks to return the body to the previous calm state.
When the two systems are activated, they affect the whole body. This is the reason why when a panic attack happens; the victim will undergo many different sensations throughout their body.
Adrenaline is a chemical that is released by the body to keep the defensive activity going. The chemical is released by the adrenal glands, which are located just above the kidneys. Adrenaline will be released when a panic attack occurs, and it is supposed to be switched when the situation is over.
However, that is not how things play out. Adrenaline is not turned off exactly when it is supposed to. There is a period when there is prolonged anxiety. After a while, the parasympathetic system kicks in: it is intended to mitigate the effects of the sympathetic system and bring the body back to its normal state.
When you engage in relaxation after a stressful situation, you are helping the parasympathetic state to speed up its function. The system will, however, come into action whether it is facilitated or not because the body cannot continue in a permanent state of anxiety.
NOTE: the symptoms of a panic attack cannot harm the body in any way. No matter how long the sensations of the assault take, the body will eventually return to a state of balance.
Causes of a panic attack
During the sympathetic state, the body reacts by increasing the heart rate. As a consequence, blood is quickly pumped throughout the body.
The purpose of the increased heart rate is to ensure that the whole body is adequately supplied with oxygen and waste products removed to prepare the body to defend itself.
Consequently, increased blood is directed to areas where it is needed more and diverted from areas where it is not urgently needed. This activity is accomplished through the tightening of the blood vessels (the blood will be drained from the skin, fingers, and toes to ensure that less blood is lost during a bad episode. It is directed to the active areas such as the thighs and biceps).
You will feel numb, and tingling all which you might misinterpret as an impending heart attack.
During an anxious episode, the speed and depth of breathing will increase. This is a natural coping mechanism for the body because tissues need more oxygen to defend the body. This increased oxygen will lead to a feeling of:
- The feeling of choking and smothering
- Pain and tightness in the chest
This increased breathing creates the brain supply of oxygen. Even if the decrease is minimal and ultimately harmful, it will lead to:
- Blurred vision
- Sense of reality
- Hot flushes
Other physical causes
Other effects that are triggered by the sympathetic system include:
- Dilation of pupils. This is the body’s way of trying to let more light into the eyes. It, unfortunately, leads to blurred vision or what many people refer to seeing stars.
- Decreased salivation. This will lead to dry mouth.
- There is a decrease in the activity of the digestive system, which leads to a feeling of nausea, constipation, and other stomach discomforts.
- There is increased tension in the muscles as they get ready to defend the body which leads to the feeling of anxiety.
- Aches and pain
- Trembling and shaking.
- The sympathetic system activates the whole bodily metabolism. At the end of the manic episode, the victim will be left feeling tired and drained.
The goal of the sympathetic system is to make the person aware of the potential danger. Therefore, when put into action, the brain focuses on searching the environment for possible danger. In this state, one cannot focus or concentrate.
In extreme situations, a panic attack causes the mind to search inwards to determine an internal threat when an external one cannot be found.
Panic away is a program that is designed to help individuals who have problems with panic attacks, general anxiety and other related phobias like an aggro phobia, clause phobia.
The pdf hopes to help you deal with your panic attacks; by preventing the attacks and consequently ensuring they live healthy lives.
Panic away is a product of Joseph Barry. Joseph himself suffered panic attacks for a long time. He decided to study the work of Dr. Victor Frankl. It is these studies of Dr. Frankl that led Barry to develop Panic Away.
The program is divided into three modules:
Module 1: Trust
The module is focused on eliminating anxiety from your life. The section begins with a review of the body’s reaction to stress, including:
- The fight or flight response
- Physical manifestations of a panic attack
- A proper definition of anxiety
It further examines your body’s response to stress and anxiety. Also, it looks at how your heart, lungs and kidneys, stomach and liver all act when you suffer a panic attack.
The section will help you to understand all the changes that happen in your body in a situation of a heart attack.
The one move technique
This is a trademarked way of fighting panic attacks. It is a subtle method that helps you to identify the panic that is rising in you, embrace the attack and use it to overpower the panic attack as it begins to set in. The one move technique is a fundamental mental technique that will empower you to cope with panic.
Beyond the one-step technique
There is always a chance that one step method may not work. If it is not working, the book claims that the chances are that you are not doing it right. You have to master all the steps of the technique to have it work successfully. Most people make the mistake of abandoning the technology when the anxiety does not go away.
Keep on practicing the technique until you have mastered it.
Real life situations
This section is dedicated to demonstrating to you how you can use the one move technique in various actual situations. The conditions in the review include:
- Panic attack while driving and how to use the one move technique to calm you down.
- How you can use the one move technique to counter your fear of leaving home. You will succeed to walk out of the door.
- You will learn how to use the one move technique to tackle your fear of flying. You will also learn how to apply the one move technique to handle a panic attack on the plane.
- Public speaking: by the end of the section you will learn how to calm yourself and speak using the one move technique.
Module 2: Accept
The chapter is dedicated to helping you recognize the triggers of panic attacks in your life. The emphasis is that stress, fatigue, and worry cause panic attacks and sometimes these are part of the daily lives. You will be worried about money, family, health, and work. These problems will inevitably lead to panic attacks.
The chapter aim at helping you to internalize that you live in everyday situations that are stressful and there is nothing much you can do about it.
The module will, also, teach you exercises that will go a long way to help you accept stressful situations.
Panic attacks purely start in mind. Mental exercises can, therefore, come in handy to help you prevent the attacks altogether. The spiritual exercises include:
- Taking up to 30 minutes in the morning jotting down everything that comes to your mind. This exercise serves the purpose of emptying the mind the thoughts that trigger stress.
- Shifting your mind to positive attitudes. Changing your attitudes together with visualization will help you to calm your thoughts and eliminate all worries.
- Using gratitude. Being grateful allows you to see that things are not as bad as they could be. In the end, use of the pdf will give you a positive outlook towards life.
Since the body suffers the ravages of a panic attack, the chapter will give a couple of exercises that will help you calm your mind down when panic attacked:
- Drinking a lot of water
- Changing your diet and eating foods that will contribute to balancing your stress levels
- Deep, rhythmic breathing
- Eating more minerals that will empower your brain to produce the appropriate neurochemicals.
The chapter will also teach about medications that are subscribed for anxiety and other herbal remedies and supplements that can help you to cope with attacks.
Thought field therapy
When you buy the book, you will learn about TFT. This is a therapy that is closely related to acupuncture and acupressure. It was developed by Roger Callaghan, an American psychologist. The people who advocate for it believe that it can cure a good variety of mental disorders and physical ailments.
It involves tapping the meridian points with fingers. The meridian points participating, in this case, are those that are located on your body and fingers.
The chapter dedicates a section to Thought Field Therapy and gives you some breathing exercises that you can use to calm yourself down.
NOTE: American Psychological Association has discredited Thought Field Therapy stating that it lacks scientific proof.
Other techniques that you can use to accept stressful situations include:
- Taking a vacation to distress
- Meditating in the morning to keeping your worries at bay.
- Ensuring you get enough sleep.
- Dealing with your night panic and phobias.
Module 3: Persist
This module is dedicated to persistence. The chapter teaches you that anxiety attacks are not easily dealt with. It informs that you need to expect setbacks since panic attacks can still overwhelm you despite your level of preparedness.
The chapter tells you to expect some of the following sensations as you journey to fight panic attacks:
- Loss of control
- Passing out
- Highly disturbing thoughts
- Feeling like you are going crazy
- The techniques are great you might be lucky to find that the mental techniques in the program are all that you require fighting your attacks
- Detailed content: the panic attacks are discussed in great details. The information on how to deal with the attacks is also adequate.
- Some reviews give the book a four-star rating.
- The pdf offers the victims a long term solution.
- The approach is completely natural and therefore has no side effects.
- The techniques in the eBook can be used anywhere.
- A review of the Book layout is not friendly. Paragraphs are too long, it has no images, and it is overall poorly structured.
- Wordy: the eBook is longer than necessary. Everything in the eBook could be said in fewer words.
- Barry’s claim that the pdf will erase every single person’s anxiety is overrated.
- Some reviews felt that more footnotes on scientific data would have given the pdf more credibility and removed all possibility of the pdf is a scam.
The program is worth an attempt. There is no possibility that the system could be a scam. However, do your researches before you buy it.