When one of my students Abhi reached out to me he had been suffering from GAD (and eventually panic attacks) for 15 years. He lived in a constant state of worry and unease. His recurring depressive and bizarre thoughts were centred, among other things, around getting old and dying. At the height of his anxiety condition, not only could he no longer sleep, but he started suffering from panic attacks while breathing and drinking water! Holy sh..! Two pretty important things right there and he’s struggling to do them! Imagine that!! Abhi had been to doctors and shrinks, and had been taking medication for years. Over time things were just going from bad to worse. Out of desperation Abhi’s wife turned to Amazon and found my book attackpanic. She bought it for Abhi, and after reading it, he reached out to me, and subsequently joined my 4 week one to one coaching program in the beginning of 2018. The rest is as they say history, but I should step aside and let Abhi tell his own story from here. If you are a sufferer of GAD, anxiety or panic attacks and it is starting to restrict or even destroy your life, you might want to take some time out to watch the interview below to hear Abhi’s story. I am very grateful to Abhi for his willingness to air his dirty laundry out for the world to see, but feels it will be worth it if it inspires others to step up to the plate and take action.
In the next series of posts, I will be sharing lessons from my online course which breaks down anxiety and anxiety conditions. The first of these lessons explains exactly what anxiety really is. It’s not only very important foundational information for anxiety sufferers, but also very useful for non sufferers as well. If you are an anxiety sufferer, empower yourself with self belief and confidence that you can be well again by going on through these lessons. When you understand what’s really going on, you are more likely to step up to the plate and take a swing, you are more likely to do what you fear, what you have been avoiding all this time. I trust you will get alot out of these lessons.
I hope yesterday's lesson (insight #9 - What is Anxiety) was very informative and helpful for some of you. Today's lesson (insight #10) from my online course delve into how anxiety conditions are formed, very interesting stuff. Back in the day, learning and understanding all this foundational stuff was critical to building up my belief and confidence to be able to do what I had been avoiding for so long. If you suffer form an anxiety condition and are stuck, this lesson, along with all the other upcoming insights might just be what you are looking for in order to get you moving forward, taking action and start doing what you have to do, doing what you know you should do.
The last couple of insights discussed Anxiety and the formation of Anxiety conditions. The next few insights drills down into the various forms of anxiety conditions (GAD, OCD, PTSD, panic attacks). Today's insight explains exactly what GAD is. If this sounds like you, take a look, I'm sure you will get alot out of it. There might even be some 'aha' or lightbulb moments.
Today's insight is a lesson from my online course on OCD. If you know anyone who is struggling with this one, please share.
We have all experienced the fight or flight or panic response throughout our lives. It’s a perfectly normal and healthy response designed to kick us into gear when we are faced with and have to deal with real threats or danger. For the most part this emergency response is triggered only when there is a real threat or danger. Sometimes, this normal and healthy response can be triggered at times when there is in fact no danger or threat at all. In these circumstances, this completely inappropriate response is known as a panic attack. Now most, if not all of us will experience a panic attack during our lifetime. No biggie. An inappropriate emergency response to a situation here and there won’t really rock the boat too much. We have all ‘freaked out’ for no particular reason. Most of us just don’t make a big deal over it. But for some of us (including me back in the day), these panic attacks can become a regular thing, and can develop into an habitual pattern of behaviour, in this case an anxiety condition, through a learning process known as operant or fear conditioning (more on this in upcoming insight/post). If you suffer from panic attacks you will know firsthand how nasty and crippling this behaviour is. However, overcoming panic attacks isn’t as hard as you might think. The first step is to understand what’s actually going on; because one thing’s for sure, as a sufferer of panic attacks, you don’t understand what's going on.... if you did, you wouldn’t suffer from them in the first place. So the purpose of the next few insights is to break down and explain exactly what panic attacks are. If you suffer from panic attacks, do yourself a solid and watch the next few insights.
Yesterday's insight discussed panic attacks. This wee lesson takes you through the panic cycle. The more you understand the truth about what's really going on, the faster you will be able to finally dump all the bullshit beliefs that you currently hold about panic attacks and yourself, empowering you to move towards your fears... (watch the video for more)
Hi everyone. Insight #15 is a discussion on anxiety related phobias. If you have a phobia of driving, flying, social gatherings, leaving the house.......... even sleeping bags (it's a thing!), then this lesson will be a good one for you to watch. I also go further into my own experiences with social phobia back in the day. My story might also help you to understand your own situation.
Todays insight is all about PTSD. There will a a few people out there that will poo poo this lesson, claiming that PTSD is an actually disorder, and that I do not understand PTSD because I haven’t experienced severe trauma. To those people all I can say is watch this lesson in it’s entity before you judge. Here’s a wee excerpt from this lesson: … ‘ I do have some understanding of what you are going through. I’ve seen my fair share of shit too. *I can still hear the blood curdling screams of pain from victims crushed and trapped in motor vehicles. Or hear the last gasp of breath from a victim dying of stab wounds. *I can still smell the stench of burnt bodies or decomposing bodies… of death *I can still see death, physical violence and sexual abuse. *I can still remember and feel the helplessness and fear from threats and violent attacks. *I can still see and hear my dad taking his last breath. *Certain situations, whether it’s something I see, hear, or smell remind me of past experience all too often. If I go into a hospital for example, if I smell things like rubber gloves of all things... (watch the video for more)