Author(s): Joshua Fletcher
Year of Publication: 2014
Number of Pages: 140
Genre: Self-help, Psychology
Where to Buy: Anxiety: Panicking about Panic (Amazon UK) .
Anxiety: Panicking about Panic: (Amazon US).
Undoubtedly one of the best books I’ve ever read regarding self-help.
I’ve always been sensitive and labelled a ‘worrier’ by those close to me, which is probably why anxiety has had such a significant effect on me. I’ve wrestled with anxiety for several years now and it seems to come-and-go, depending on my circumstances at the time (whether I’m stressed, worried, or unwell).
I decided to take it upon myself to read up on anxiety and discover for myself what it is that gives me so much trouble. It was at this point that I discovered Joshua Fletcher’s book and my whole world changed. It transformed my mindset, simply because I had an understanding of what was happening to me whenever I was having a panic attack, or just feeling anxious.
If you’re someone who is constantly anxious and worried about things then overtime your body acclimatises to this condition of living and adjusts accordingly, resulting in a chemical imbalance. Your body attempts to restore balance by occasionally sending out large doses of chemicals from the brain, which then coarse through the body – a reason for why you might feel strange sensations or a plethora of physical symptoms during your anxious episode/panic attack. The primary two chemicals released are Adrenaline and Cortisol, both are harmless but are used in a ‘Fight or Flight’ situation, or when your body perceives you to be in danger.
During a panic attack, Fletcher highlights that it’s important to remember that these feelings are brought on simply because of the huge amount of Adrenaline surging through your veins, and that once the gland has exhausted itself, or just decides to stop, the panic will be over and you will return to normality. Naturally, you will be slightly shaken, perhaps even tired and weak, but this is due to the effect the chemical has had on your nervous system, hence the leftover feelings of being ‘on edge’ and tense.
I’d recommend picking this up if you’ve ever experienced anxiety, as it provides great insight into how anxiety works and why you feel such bizarre sensations that at first may have alarmed you.