I'm frustrated about Panic Disorder being thought of as only a mental illness. It cannot be. Here's why:
How many of us have had a clear head (thinking clearly), been in a great mood, had motivation to go out an enjoy life, completely NOT DEPRESSED that are hit with this....
Suddenly, out of the blue, cannot breathe, swallow, heart pounding, sweating, shaking, on the verge of passing out FOR NO REASON!!!! Vision is blurry, tingling in one arm, freezing/hot etc. Then we "freak out" thinking we're dying because the symptoms are soooo bad, we search high and low for an explanation and are told it is all in our heads.
I know our minds can make it worse and stress can make it worse, but I think it's a PHYSICAL disorder STEMMED FROM CHRONIC STRESS OR CHEMICALS/DRUGS. Just because it cannot be proven with a blood test or scan doesn't mean it's not there. And only RECENTLY are scientists beginning to understand this disease. Just because you read it is only a chemical imbalance doesn't make it so. I believe in the future, docs will figure that it is more like a disease.
If it was ONLY psychological, most of us here wouldn't have the SAME SYMPTOMS. Have you noticed that we all seem to share the SAME symptoms and many of them are neurological?
By the way, I can be sitting around, relaxing, reading a book and be breathing normally and then my leg will go numb or I will get dizzy or I will get short of breath.
I can be meditating without any worries and start gasping for air, trouble swallowing, heart pounding, blurry vision, stomach cramps and there's nothing mental to trigger it.