What's a Panic Attack?:
Good will and cognitive effort cannot produce results in “severe” Agoraphobia (acute, chronic), considering the chemical nature of this pathology, and the involvement of most unconscious brain areas:
1) senses perceive; 2) limbic system activates (60ms for the amygdala to react);
3) stress hormones flood the body.
Regardless of your diligence or awareness: “It doesn’t matter if you are eating a sandwich, or listening to music, or walking along the street.. your body acts as if a lion was standing right behind you, smelling and roaring. Your eyes open wide, muscles contract, body completely tensing, you start stressing, shaking, sweating, the stomach burns while hands and feets desensitize, you overheat and feel like getting crazy, start running blindly, lost control, sit down and stand up, air is missing and you find difficult to breathe, you look for someone and ask for help, you don’t know what to do, you feel worse and worse, you fear to die and go crazy for always, you don’t know how to stop suffering.
Then.. after some minutes.. everything ends. You wake up in a puddle of sweat, shocked, pasty-faced, weak, stiff, asking how it could have happened, what's the reason this time, how to avoid it in the future.. but after hundreds of attacks you know there is no way to avoid it.. so you start crying hard and expressing your deeper desperation, affliction of one who doesn't know what to do anymore, you feel looser, oppressed, without hope of understanding, healing, escaping from this prison of pain.”