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Take Control of Your Anxiety by Laurie-Ann O'Connor, Harold Shinitzky, Chris Cortman

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7 Panic Disorder

As a rule, what is out of sight disturbs men’s mindsmore seriously than what they see.

—Julius Caesar

There you are, minding your own beeswax and WHAM! You are body-slammed with a peculiar, multi-system ambush that leaves you gasping for breath and wishing you completed your last will and testament. “What in the world is happening?” you ask yourself. Your chest is tight, heavy, constricted (some say that it feels as if an elephant is kneeling reverently upon their chest), your respiration is rapid and shallow—you can’t catch your breath. You may have noticeable changes in your vision and hearing, tingling sensations down your arms and legs (paresthesias), nausea, queasy tummy, rubber knees, and a horrible sense that you are a) ...

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