Panic Disorders By: Garrett Morgan
Panic disorders are strange in how they work, and you may not even know that you have one. But at the wrong place in the wrong time, you could have a massive panic attack. This kind of attack is triggered by a long term memory that is specifically traumatic in it's ways, but comes back to the main train of thought when reminded of the memory. This memory can be of certain tragedies like a car wreck, a physical attack, or even a war that you fought in. This type of disorder is common and like I said, you don't even realize you have this disorder. Allow me to get more in-depth with this.
Imagine that you are a soldier in the 101st Battalion in the US army. and on July 6th, 1944, you and your fellow soldiers run off the boats and straight into gunfire. You watch over 2/3 of your squad die right in front of your eyes, one screaming at you from the ground. Incase you don't have a clue what I am talking about, you are now a WW2 vet. Specifically, you are a D-day vet, which is one of the worst battles in our history. Lets say you are now about 80 or so. Every time you hear a paper bag pop, you jump to the ground out of instinct, because you have heard gun fire. Every time you here an eating utensil hit the ground, you run from the sound, because you have heard a grenade pin hit the ground. Every time your car's exhaust backfire, you grab the person nearest to you, and duck for cover, because you have seen the bombshell kill so many of your men. You have a very specific panic disorder called PTSD, which affects mostly vets who have experienced combat 1st hand. We must learn to respect these kind of people, They are the reason that we live in such a great country as this. There is treatment for this type of disorder, but a memory is a memory. You cant just forget the people you shot, or the faces of your fellow soldiers. You can never be the same again.
So you know what PTSD is, and you know what the cause of a panic disorder. The way our brains are created, we can call upon certain memories from our past, and put them back away. The way a panic disorder actually works, the memory of a tragedy can come and go as often and long as it wants, and the brain has no control over it. It constantly attacks the main train of thought, and our natural reflexes. It works the same way you train a dog. You are basically trained to run at the sound of gun shots, or scream when touched in the wrong place. You can untrain your brain from this, but that is very difficult. Most people like this must deal with their disorder forever, or until they die.
So, like i said, panic disorders are very hard to treat. The person can contact a therapist, but this is very expensive. When I said our brain can be trained like a dog, I wasn't lying. You can very well teach an old dog new tricks. You can teach your brain to slowly but surely become immune to the memories. For instance, if you were in a car crash, and you are now afraid to ride in a car, you can slowly face the problem. The therapist will probably first have you hold hot-wheels. Then he will have you watch a NASCAR race with no crashes. Then he may invite you into a car. Slowly you can learn that cars get you places faster than walking or riding a bicycle. That is how many people deal with panic disorders.
I am really hoping that you understand this type of disorder a little more than you did, because it is very complicated. This is nothing like other types of disorders, where you cant eat correctly, or have trouble walking. No, this one plays with your mind and your thoughts. You live in constant fear. And unlike other disorders, there is no pill to take, or a gym to go to. You have to slowly grow with it and cope with it. This is why many people suffer with this disorder.