panic attacks or mini strokes

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   Posted 9/27/2006 5:58 PM (GMT -6)   
some years back it was the fashion to confuse panic attacks with mini strokes or TIA, details of these on the net
some prefer to call their panic attacks mini strokes as it sounds like a more honorable diagnosis
anything to do with anxiety or panic can be seen as a sign of weakness eyes
anxiety attack is a more polite name for a panic attack, but that doesnt sound much good either
hidden hypoglycemia, the supposed type that doesnt show up on blood tests can be used instead as genuine hypoglycemia and a panic attack are almost the same
just rambling  here, diabetes sufferers who also have panic attacks can get hypos from too much insulin or too many diabetes tablets, they need to test their blood sugar level to figure out whats happening,, theres always the chance of both at once, a severe hypo causing a panic attack
recovered former longtime anxiety and panic attack sufferer and helper of other sufferers  but no training or  qualifications in medicine or psychology, any remarks that may be taken as advice must be confirmed with doctor or other health professional

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   Posted 9/27/2006 11:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I can't imagine wanting to call p/a a stroke! Strokes are very frightening and serious whereas panic attacks are pretty benign (from a health standpoint) Just goes to show that a lot has been learned about p/a and more needs to be learned in the future! Here's to no more of either!

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   Posted 9/28/2006 4:40 AM (GMT -6)   

This is probably the main reason why A/p is so prevalent today.

I prefer to see A/P as an indication or warning sign that something is fundamentally wrong with the person's life or lifestyle. Essentially their thought patterns.

The main problem as I see it is that most people will eventually, privately, accept that they have A/P but stop short of finding out why.
It is not something to be ashamed of, and the sooner the world accepts this the better the world will be.
A/P sufferers actually have an advantage in that they know there is a problem, although few go on to find out what it is. Most just accept it as the illness and not the symptom.
IMO A/P is self induced although it is certainly not deliberate or wanted. But over the years it has been oversimplified through ignorance by observers(including some in the medical profession) who believe it is both a deliberate and faked illness.
Comments like ' pull youself together' and 'stop being silly'(thanks dad) certainly don't help.
People with A/P have been blessed with an internal warning system that something is not all that it should be, giving them an advantage over the rest of the population.
Accept it and be proud of it, but follow up by understanding it, and you will come out the other side a much better, stronger person.

The mind is like a parachute - It works better when it's open.

Post Edited (jethro) : 9/28/2006 3:45:24 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 9/28/2006 4:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Great input Harry SC and Jethro I totally agree with you on this .We have to fight the fight and beat this A/P ......WE have come a little distance in this and knowledge of it but way more HAS to be done .......Love that sig line Jethro
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