Anxiety And Panic Attacks: The Real Skinny
by Dr. Jim Manganiello©
Many Americans are getting worn out today by chronic anxiety problems, including panic attacks and
fear of open public places, known as agoraphobia.
Nearly 50 million Americans suffer from anxiety related troubles, but most know very little about what
anxiety is, or what drives it, or what to do to get anxiety relief.
Anxiety is a signal, an indicator meant to alert you to circumstances that require your attention. When
your anxiety signaling system works properly, anxiety can be a very useful signal. Think of the whistle
on a tea kettle. When the whistle sounds, you know that your water is boiling and it’s time to shut your
The whistling sound leads you to take effective action.
TROUBLE IF YOUR ANXIETY SIGNALS MALFUNCTION
But if your anxiety signaling system malfunctions, then it’s like having a tea kettle that whistles too
often, even when your water is nowhere near boiling. It whistles in error and the chronic whistling
dominates your attention with worry of fires and so on. After a while you’ll begin to hear the whistle in
your mind only.
Another example is a home alarm system. The loud siren-like sounds are meant to alert you to an
intruder break-in, so you can take action to protect yourself. But if the alarm goes off in error, when
there’s no intruder—you’ll feel danger and worried concern—when there’s no need.
When our alarm signaling system doesn’t work properly, anxiety begins to have a life of its own. Then
our mind will be on the lookout for problems everywhere, and we’ll have a hard time feeling calm, clear
and self-assured. And when we’re already anxious to begin with, our mind usually finds what it needs to
justify and confirm its anxious concern.
THE MAIN DRIVER OF YOUR ANXIETY
This creates all kinds of problems. We live in very stressful times and stress is the main driver of anxiety
and anxiety attacks. We experience unrelenting stress today and stress hormones disrupt our anxiety
signaling system, causing it to chronically malfunction. Unfortunately most “treatments” for anxiety
focus on the symptoms and not the cause
Stress is a precursor to anxious concern, and for good reason. We’re hard-wired for what is called
the “Stress Response”, also known as the “Fight or Flight Response”.
This Stress Response has one primary function: to prepare you to flee or fight in the face of life
threatening danger. This hard wired response was designed for simpler times. It is obsolete today; it’s
not matched well for the circumstances we live in.
ANXIETY AND THE GREAT “MISMATCH” PROBLEM
Evolutionary scientists refer to this as the great “mismatch” problem. In the last few decades we’ve gone
through about 400 years of rapid social and technological change. It’s been hard for humans to adapt
to such dramatic change. The stress/anxiety problem is rooted in the fact that we’re not properly hard-
wired for this fast paced, complicated and too often meaningless way of life. We’re wired for a time
that’s long gone.
Many of us feel troubled today. We feel troubled having to cope with a life that can be chaotic and
confusing, a life lacking in clear cues and clues about how to live with depth and meaning. And many of
us are under unremitting financial strain. Who among us doesn’t long for a more loving and meaningful
connection to people and to work?
The Stress or Fight or Flight response was designed for short term use only. But today it triggers in error,
too often, and it stays on too long. As a result stress hormones seep into our blood and tissues and
linger there. They don’t flush out like they are supposed to.
This sets up conditions for a number of problems, including anxiety, panic attacks and agoraphobia.
Stress triggers anxiety and worry, which triggers more stress, which triggers more worry and more stress
hormones. Millions of people are caught in this kind of a vicious cycle today. Anxiety, panic, phobias,
depression, and many illnesses, including heart disease and diabetes—are an outcome of the fact that
we are chronically stressed out.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING A PANIC ATTACK
Consider that what happens during an anxiety or a panic attack is exactly what would happen if you
had to defend yourself against a life threatening situation. Only in a panic attack, you have no life
threatening storyline that accounts for what’s going on, which is why panic attack symptoms are so
The ultimate relief for anxiety problems involves fixing your signaling system so that it stops
malfunctioning. If you can learn how to enter what I call the Stress Free State, a state of calm, clear and
self-assured awareness, then you can recalibrate your system.
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build a strong and stable connection to it. Then you’ll lower your stress hormone levels and flush stress
hormones out of your blood and tissues—along with your anxiety.
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