Panic disorder is when you suddenly get an overwhelming feeling of fear, a form of panic, often without knowing why. Here you read tips on how to get over this anxiety from someone who has been through it themselves.

Image: Screenshot from the video



This article is based on one video from AspergerExperts, which is run by people who themselves have Asperger's Syndrome, and who today work to help others in the same situation. 

Danny from AspergerExperts tells about the time he moved to Seattle in early adulthood - and where he finally got to start living independently, something he was looking forward to. But then came the panic attacks - every night. Danny talks about this: 

I knew that every night, even though the day was good, I went into a complete state of panic. There was talk of terrible panic attacks, lying under the table, screaming, "I do not want to die."

It was simply miserable. 





But he points out that he has got rid of the panic attack, so what happened?

  

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Danny says: 

The way to deal with a panic attack is to not fight it. It is about realizing that your body has an emotional reaction, which is not in line with the actual situation. 

Exhale and do not take it too seriously. 

 

To stop fighting

Danny talks about the time when he came to the realization that this was the solution. 

I was in the cinema, and in the middle of the movie, I was fighting the panic attack every moment. I was desperately trying to get it to stop. And then it was that I gave up. I refused to fight more. "If you want to take me, take me, but it's not worth me fighting." Then the panic attacks stopped. Literally at the same moment.

The only reason the panic attacks continued was because I was fighting them. The moment I stopped trying to fight them, they passed away, and I stopped having panic attacks.

This was a turning point for Danny. 

 

When the feeling comes 

Danny emphasizes, however, that stopping fighting panic does not mean stopping bad feelings, or that all feelings of anxiety and discomfort will go away. Such feelings come back regularly, but it is how one encounters these feelings that determines whether it turns into a panic attack or not.

Danny says:

I got the same feeling again. Almost every day I get the same feeling again. But I do not do anything with it, and it therefore passes by. 

I say to it, "Okay, you're a feeling. Well, then just be a feeling." And then it goes over. 

He explains that if, on the other hand, you encounter this disgusting feeling with a reaction of the type: "Oh no, there comes that feeling again. Make it stop!", Then it just builds up more and more, you start to hyperventilate, and it all turns into a panic attack. 

He says that there were also other steps he took to learn to calm down, but that the main point was to learn to stop fighting the panic. Then it goes away by itself.