Monday, June 22, 2015
ANNA - TELLS ABOUT PANIC ATTACKS
Some Panic Attacks can be brought upon by a fear. For example Hannah has a fear of heights especially bridges. Whenever she gets near a high bridge especially if she has to cross it she gets a panic attack. Some Panic Attacks just come because of a situation coming on. For example, say you are not a speaker and you have to give a speech - this could cause a Panic Attack. Some Panic Attacks are of a build up inside. Say you have had fiances problems, more expenses come in that you weren't expecting, and they seem to get keep building. Some Panic Attacks just all of a sudden come on. Your are just doing your normal work or sometimes you can wake up with a Panic Attack. So they can come in several ways.
Sometimes they only last for a few hours and pass. As someone suggesting maybe crying or screaming, or resting and think of pleasant thoughts may help it pass. Praying to the Lord will well help it pass. But sometimes it doesn't pass in our time.
Hannah and Marilyn have both given me their permission to use their names in here and tell of their Panic Attacks. When we were children and Hannah use to have Panic Attacks, I thought she had those to just get out of work sometimes. Our Mother always use to say that Hannah wasn't well when she had one of those attacks. Being a child, you don't understand, and she always looked healthy to me. My never having had a Panic Attack didn't help either.
When I got older and my Mother started teaching me medicine, one of them that she brought up was Panic Attacks. She explained to me about Hannah's situations and that she couldn't help those when they came on. Hannah was not trying to get out of work - it just happened. Most of the time, they would only last for a couple of hours - at the most. But today when Hannah has one, it can last a few hours or weeks even a month.
I will tell you the Amish medicine ways we use, but I want you to know that if you follow these you are doing so at your own risk.. Also, if Panic Attack does not stop after a few days, then you should seek a doctor as Marilyn did.
Marilyn was told the two things she should change are cigarettes and caffeine. The doctor also told Marilyn that one of the hardest times to quit smoking is during a Panic Attack. She advised Marilyn to cut smoking as much as she could and to cut back on caffeine. Although Marilyn drinks diet, caffeine free soda, she drinks coffee from morning to night like Elmer does. She also doesn't believe in caffeine free coffee. Says caffeine free coffee doesn't taste like regular coffee. We tested her blind folded and she can tell the difference between coffee with caffeine and without caffeine. Anyway the doctor advised her cut down on drinking coffee.
With the doctor's permission, I advised Marilyn as I do Hannah to drink tea made from peppermint, catnip, skullcap, goldenseal, black cohosh or blue vervain before bedtime. Hot tea is well but with this hot weather an ice tea would be fine. Marilyn like's peppermint tea the best. Also, I advise to rub the feet well with vinegar water before going to bed. Also tell her to replace fear with strength and confidence.
When you go to bed or take a nap try thinking of no evil of your neighbor. Give love and love will be returned. Do not exalt yourself as pride goes before the fall. Consider all the nice things that people do for you and what you can do for others. Think good thoughts that are pure, just and honest. Prayer is the most important. Tell the Lord of your weakness and ask Him for His healing.
If the doctor's medicine and what I said does not work, Marilyn will have to return to the doctor again. There is therapy that will help. One thing that concerns her is if her insurance will cover it or not. Marilyn said this is the first time, she has had Panic Attack so bad and so long.
Just thought I would give your more information on Panic Attacks. I am sure in medical books there is more information than I gave, but I wanted you to have some information.
So far, I have never had a panic attack although I do feel sorry for Hannah and Marilyn.
Trust God's Wisdom,