When a panic attack begins, your brain activates the flight/fight reaction in your body by triggering the sympathetic nervous system. Pulse rises immediately, and the adrenal gland discharges adrenalin (Epinephrine) and other stress chemicals into our bloodstream, causing all the other physical reactions.
According to Dr Jim McGaugh (Irvine California University), Adrenalin hormones generate stronger memories in your brain than pleasure hormones. This means that your negative experiences and negative thoughts are chemically charged and last longer than positive experiences.
What makes this an even bigger problem is the fact that most of us do not know how we can control this, allowing the adrenaline discharges to be more frequent and easier to happen causing Adrenaline Panic Attacks. This is one of the main obstacles to emotional freedom; not knowing how to control emotions.
After some time at this, we become tired, and a new personality starts to form; we become a picky person, always bickering about something, never content with anything, unmotivated and pessimistic.
When theses negative discharges happen frequently, more negative neurological paths are formed, and that means that we begin to shift our ways of thinking and living, and tend to live on the negative side of everything, anticipating the feeling of every negative event. New fears begin to arise: fear of failure, fear of disappointing others, constant unhappiness and dwindling in the past.
These can lead to a chronicle depressive state and even lead to suicide.
Why Adrenalin can make your Panic Attack worse: the flight/fight response
The flight-fight response to the situation is a really old alarm system that we’ve inherited from our ancestors, which protected them from danger and saber-toothed tigers.
In the real world today, those saber-toothed tigers of our ancestors were replaced by things such as: imminent car accident on the highway, argument with a boss, fight with a spouse, bankruptcy, not having money to pay the bills. These things don’t make you run for your life or physically fight, which in times were actions that helped relieve the tension.
If you frequently charge your body with those chemicals and accumulate them, you can eventually cause fatigue and illness.
Having a hyper reactive alarm system can severely affect your health, and drastically lower any chance of experiencing true happiness unless you learn to invalidate it.
Fortunately, it has now been proved scientifically that you can bring your body into homeostasis when feeling an imminent panic attack or when in the middle of one. One really good exercise on how to stop a panic attack is to use the 22 second countdown technique.