Panic Attacks while Driving? Why It is Actually the Brain’s Strategy to Help You



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Are you suffering from panic attacks while driving?

Do you believe that it is a kind of mental illness?

The truth is, having a driving phobia doesn’t mean that you have some kind of mental illness. Even though the feeling of fear is too much, this response is actually normal, and you can stop it as soon as possible.

How?

Having the fear of driving is actually a response from the brain to protect you from pain. This is usually the result of certain unpleasant past experience, so this condition makes a lot of sense.

Fears and phobias can even be resulted from just watching TV, like what was experienced by a Montreal Gazette journalist after watching the traumatic 9/11 live report.

According to Robert Mantell, Ph.D from BrightLife Inc, the existence of anxiety could be considered as a beneficial and even a healthy response from the brain. He believes that the brain always has a helpful intent, including causing you to have panic attacks. This positive intent from the subconscious mind is meant to protect you from things or situations that will lead to pain.

Your brain tries to protect you in various ways, including by linking fear with anything that is going on when you are in a distressed or uncomfortable state, which in this case is driving or riding in a car.

So whenever you think about driving, you are mentally recreating the painful situation you experienced earlier in life. Therefore, you will experience intense fear and you may try your best to avoid the actual experience of driving a car. Your brain actually links pain with driving, and this is what people refer to as driving phobia.

This can happen because fear is the most effective tool for the brain to make you stay away from anything that could lead to the same kind of great pain you experienced earlier in your life.

Believe it or not, you can even take advantage of this to help you stop worrying, just like when the brain makes you avoid driving a car.

How?

Those with OCD or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder tend to worry too much. According to Robert, one of the most effective ways to stop worrying is by worrying more!

This will be even more effective if you spend some time to nothing but worry, when you would rather do something fun, such as watching your favorite TV show. This way, the brain will link worrying to pain. Spending your time worrying when you should be watching your favorite TV show is certainly unpleasant.

That does make sense, doesn’t it?

So if you want to overcome panic attacks while driving, Robert recommends you regard this as a “challenge”, instead of a disorder. Overcoming fear of driving will be more effective if you view this as your brain’s strategy to protect you.

Furthermore, he also recommends you see this problem as an outdated strategy from your subconscious mind to protect you from pain. What you need is to tell the brain and make it understand that this strategy is no longer necessary.

To do this, there are various things you can do, including going to a hypnotherapist, using direct behavioral intervention, or even using Robert Mantell’s program. Whatever you do, the point here is to make you perceive differently anything you used to fear by doing some “mental exercises”, so therefore you will be able to respond differently.

Remember, constantly taking drugs is definitely not the most appropriate thing to do to overcome panic attacks while driving.




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The Fastest Way to Treat Phobia and Anxiety is...





Bear with me.

First of all, let me ask you a couple questions.

Are you having lifelong anxiety, fears, or phobias?

Would you believe me if you can be free from them in as little as 20 minutes?

I know you may be thinking that it's too good to be true.

But let me tell you that it is possible. In fact, the success rate of the method I'm about to reveal in this article is about 97%.

That's just almost unheard of if you use traditional treatments.

You see, there are various methods of treating anxiety, phobias, and other related conditions. You may have heard about cognitive behavioral therapy, and doctors usually prescribe drugs such as Prozac, Celexa, Xanax, Zoloft, beta blockers, etc.

However....

Cognitive behavioral therapy or CBT is usually not effective because anxiety is created (almost completely)  by your subconscious mind.

You didn't consciously choose to suffer from anxiety, right?

That's one of the reasons why you feel that your anxiety is out of control.

You just can't control a problem that is started by your subconscious mind with your conscious mind. Plus, taking those addictive drugs and undergoing CBT can actually make your anxiety worse.

So what is the best anxiety treatment that can really solve your problem?

Drum roll, please....

The answer is by taking advantage of Accelerated Personal Breakthrough Technology that addresses your problem at a subconscious level.

You may be wondering how this works...

Well, your anxiety is irrational, a.k.a it doesn't make any sense whatsoever, right?

If you, for example, have a phobia of urinating in public toilets (also known as "shy bladder syndrome"), fear of flying, or fear of driving, etc. while others can do those activities easily, this is because you have a different perception than them.

So what you need to do to get rid of your phobia or anxiety is to actually change your perception.

How?

The only way is to use your past memories or experiences. If you have claustrophobia (fear of the dark), then you should use your past experiences when you were in that situation.

The problem is, your brain tends to forget why you can be fearful of something.

That's why you should dig your memories, clear up your unpleasant memories, and then re-program your mind by replacing them with comfort, self-control, confidence, and other powerful feelings.

Basically, that's how Dr. Robert Mantell's powerful home study program will work. Just in case you haven't heard of him before, he is the co-founder of BrightLife Phobia and Anxiety Release Centers, and he is also a member of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress.

Want an example of how this method works?

Here's a video demonstration for you:




That proves how powerful his method is.

Anxiety, PTSD, phobias, and other related conditions shouldn't be treated with medications because the problem is psychological, not physical.

You can't just use "positive thinking" to overcome anxiety, and distractions or trying to think about something else often will not work either because you have to go to the root cause and address the problem at a subconscious level.

If you want to get some help from Robert, you can actually go to BrightLife in Southern California. However, I've heard that they charge around $1,000 a day.

But don't worry, you can now get the full benefit of the method from his best-selling home study program without costing you an arm and a leg.

Remember, you can take control of yourself and your emotions!

Beta Blockers for Anxiety – Can They Really Help You?





Beta blockers are basically medications used to treat certain conditions such as high blood pressure, myocardial infarction, abnormal heart rhythms, overactive thyroid symptoms, migraines and glaucoma.

They are commonly referred to as beta-blockers though their full name is beta-adrenoceptor. The medicine comes in various types such as: atenolol, sotalol, acubutolol, celiprolol, esmolol, labetalol, nebivolol, pendolol, metoprolol, timolol and propranolol.

Even though they are usually used to treat heart problems, people often use them to treat anxiety.

Beta Blockers for Anxiety? How do they work?



Beta blockers function by blocking particular nerve impulses. This helps to release a neurotransmitter which is a chemical component that stimulates beta receptors. The receptors are basically very tiny structures which are found on various parts such as brain, blood vessels and the heart. Once the receptors are stimulated, certain effects are manifested, for instance, they can increase the heart rate.

In essence, the beta blocker “sits” on the receptors and blocks certain nerve transmissions from being stimulated. If you are anxious, the receptors in the heart are blocked and this in turn reduces the heartbeat rate.

Due to the effect they have on the heart cells, in addition to anxiety, that's why they are also used to treat heart failure, reduce the risk of heart attacks, control any abnormal heart rhythm, and prevent angina pains and to lower blood pressure.

Do beta blockers for anxiety work?

Beta blockers may help, but they are not the most effective solution. They only work to reduce the symptoms of anxiety, such as faster heart rate and shaking.

However, beta blockers are usually helpful when taken about one hour before a situation if you have a specific social anxiety. It is reported that some musicians take beta blockers before performing. According to Heather Moehn in the book Social Anxiety, if taken daily, these medications are not effective to treat generalized social anxiety.


The Good and the Bad Sides of Beta Blockers



There are many medications suggested for anxiety disorders, however, many people prefer beta blockers because they have fewer side effects. Research done indicates that beta blockers help to reduce stress levels. When the stress is relieved patients are able to calm down and this prevents increases in heart beat and blood pressure which in turn reduces anxiety.

People who have been given beta blockers to help deal with hypertension are advised to exercise regularly, maintain a healthy diet and learn ways to control their stress levels such as seeking counseling. Beta blockers are also given to people with performance anxiety. They help to reduce the rapid heartbeat and shakiness which is what causes anxiety.

However, beta blockers are not without side effects.

People react differently and not everyone exhibits the same side effects. Some people have been known to experience depression, delirium and even sexual dysfunction. For others, the heart can beat very slowly causing dizziness and some people even faint. The small blood vessels can be constricted thus reducing the circulation of blood to the hands and feet, some individuals develop cool feet and hands after taking beta-blockers for anxiety.


Disclaimer



Patients are advised to avoid alcohol consumptions when taking beta-blockers for anxiety especially the atenolol type. It is advisable to seek medical advice since an overdose can cause seizures, fainting, dizziness, colored fingernails, shortness of breath and weakness.

If you really want the most effective way of treating anxiety, then you should address the root cause of the problem. Beta blockers will not do that. Remember that anxiety, phobias and PTSD are physiological, not physical conditions. Taking medications like beta blockers for anxiety is simply treating the symptoms and ignoring the cause of the condition.

How Leslie and Albert Conquered Anxiety and PTSD – In 30 Short Minutes!



Leslie had a serious anxiety problem.

She lived in a Canadian town that had been struck by a terrible tornado 19 years ago. Even though the tragedy happened so long ago, she actually still felt nervous, anxious, and fretful every time the sky got dark.

She really had a terrible phobia.

She just kept checking out the Weather Channel, in case the next terrible storm would strike. She had a fear of the weather. Even when years already went by, her awful phobia led to serious problems in the workplace and in her relationships.

Leslie was desperate. Things were not getting better.

That's when Leslie finally picked up the phone to call Robert Mantell’s BrightLife Center in Los Angeles.

Before she finally decided to call, she had already tried various different things to relieve her merciless anxiety. However, nothing worked for her.

But there’s a problem: she didn’t have enough money to pay for a trip from Canada to Los Angeles.

just 20 minutes...
So the team at BrightLife Center decided to tackle her anxiety problem over the phone. But Leslie was pessimistic that it could be done.

However….

In just 20 short minutes, her anxiety and fear of the weather was finally cured forever.

She managed to turn the terrifying tornado memory into a neutral memory. Therefore, she didn’t automatically care so much about the weather conditions any longer.

Finally! Because of the unique way in which they treated her phobia, she was completely free from the horrible trauma she had. After all those years, she didn't have to go through difficult situations to pass her day anymore.

It all happened in just 20 minutes.

Albert also had similar experience with phobia and anxiety.

He was researching for the Montreal Gazette, and he was looking for a story on how people could get PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) just from watching TV.

He actually had a trauma from the 9/11 tragedy after watching a live report on TV. Just like most people at that time, he was really shocked to see the visually shocking and traumatic events.

He remembered that he saw one dark-haired man waving. The man and the panicking people around him were stuck into his mind. He thought that they were expecting the helicopters to rescue them.

But then he saw people falling from the building.

Later, he kept seeing an image of the waving man every time the subject of 9/11 came up. He would have a flashback to the poor man, and also the helicopters that never came. The flashback came with feelings of helplessness and hopelessness.

When he talked to some specialists in PTSD, those who didn’t believe that TV could cause a trauma was hostile to him. He was yelled at on the phone. He was confused.

He had been calling to find people that could help treat PTSD, and Robert Mantell finally called him back.

When Albert saw his website and his claims, he actually thought he was a scammer.

However, knowing that Robert had verified academic credentials and qualifications, he kept on going. He learned that Robert have been treating dozens of PTSD patients successfully with neuro-linguistic programming or NLP in just minutes.

Of course, he didn’t believe it at first.

But then Robert proved his system over the phone right away.

Albert was surprised.

In just about 30 minutes, he was quickly relieved of his traumatic 9/11 memory.

What did Robert do to Albert and Leslie?

Find out here about the powerful system that he has used to successfully treat PTSD, phobia, and anxiety with a staggering 97% success rate. If you want to read the complete article about Robert’s story, you can read this post on The Montreal Gazette’s website.



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Shy Bladder Syndrome (Pee-Shy) Info and Tips



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Don't worry, you're not the only one. According to recent studies, about 21 million people may live with shy bladder syndrome, a.k.a paruresis or pee-shy.

If you've been thinking that this phobia can't be stopped, think again. Paruresis is not something you should afraid of as there are various techniques you can apply to treat and even stop it. Please read more to find out about shy bladder information, tips, and cures.

What Is Shy Bladder Syndrome?

Is It Common? 

Shy bladder syndrome is also commonly referred to as paruresis, bashful bladder, or pee shy. It is a social anxiety disorder (SAD) when one has a fear of urinating in public, such as public restrooms or any other places where other people are present and may overhear.

Usually, people with this condition (called paruretics) will have difficulty of urinating in public bathrooms so they try to prevent it by reducing their fluid intake or urinate as much as possible while they're at home.

It is in fact a quite common disorder so you don't have to feel weird about yourself. According to Carol Olmert in her book Bathrooms Make Me Nervous, approximately 1% to 7% people in the U.S.A alone may suffer from this condition.

How To Over Come It Forever?

Are there such ways?

You can certainly overcome pee-shy.

One proof is Carol Olmert, whom I've mentioned earlier, who is an ex-sufferer and now has served as a Board Member of IPA or International Paruresis Association.

Try the following tips to cure pee-shy:



Tip #1 Practice Relaxation

This will help you reduce anxiety


Overcoming shy-bladder can be achieved by practicing relaxation techniques, even though they shouldn't be used as a primary intervention to treat it. They are basically the same as those practiced to treat any other kinds of anxiety.

To relax yourself, try to practice deep abdominal breathing, relax your muscles, and visualize pleasant situations. It is also recommended that you do "progressive muscular relaxation" or PMR, a technique developed in 1920s that has been commonly and effectively used to relieve anxiety.

You can practice PMR in the bathroom by tensing your particular muscles for a few seconds (about 4 to 5 seconds), and then releasing them for about 10 seconds.

You can also take yoga or meditation classes so you are able to learn some techniques to reduce stress.

Tip #2 Start from the Tamer One

Try to urinate in different places with different difficulties

Apply this technique by urinating in different public bathrooms with increasingly "more difficult levels". This treatment is called "graduated exposure therapy".

According to the International Paruresis Association (IPA), about 80% paruresis sufferers who received this treatment were able to show improvement.

You can try this from your home gradually to the most crowded public restroom. The more often you practice this technique, the more effective it will be.

It is recommended that you keep practicing for about 4 to 5 times each week; and remember that the key here is gradual.

Tip #3 Distractions

This can be anything

You can distract yourself from the fact that other people are near you. This can be anything, including counting and listening to your favorite music or sounds of nature with headphones.

However, this some people may be unsuccessful after using this technique. Everyone is different. Therefore, you should try it for yourself first and see whether this will work for you or not.

Tip #4 Breath Holding Technique

To make you more relaxed

Breath-holding technique is used to increase the level of carbon-dioxide (CO2) which is also useful to relax yourself. In addition, this will cause the urinary sphincter muscle to relax so that you will be able to urinate.

However, there's a precaution if you have a panic disorder: a high level of CO2 may increase anxiety instead, so you should try this at home first and see whether it's OK for you.

This technique can be practiced before urinating by firstly exhaling 75% your breath (without taking a big gasp), then hold it for about 45 seconds. After that, you should feel that you're going to urinate.

Tip #5 Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)

NLP can be used as an alternative cure for pee-shy by reprogramming your mind. This way, the mental blocks causing the phobia of urinating in public restrooms will be removed so that you'll be able to do it normally.

Basically, NLP is applied by using simple visualization techniques to "re-train" your brain. They are unique and psychologically-proven ones that will help you change the way you've been thinking. In addition to stopping phobias, NLP itself has also been used to get rid of one's limiting thoughts to achieve success.

The Problem with the 4 of the Above Methods...

Which make them ineffective

Many have tried those methods. Many were successful, but many others didn't get positive results.

What's the problem?

You see, phobias are not logical.

Therefore, tying to solve the problem of shy bladder syndrome using your conscious mind will not be effective. This problem should be addressed at the subconscious level instead!

That's why  relaxation, graduated exposure therapy, distractions, and breath-holding method often don't work.

The More Effective Technique

If so, how to solve this problem?

Well, did you know that paruresis can be caused by traumatic events in the past?

The truth is, many patients are not aware of past traumatic events that might lead to the condition. All they know is that they just can't urinate in in public. Therefore, Robert Mantell, C.M.C., C.M.Ht. has created "The BrightLife Method" that can address the root cause of shy bladder syndrome. Please read this article for more information on this method.



Natural Herbs for Anxiety – Use Them for Your Alternative Anxiety Treatment





There are various drugs in the market that are popularly used to treat anxiety, including beta blockers that are actually used to relieve heart problems. However, because medications often cause side effects such as addiction, many people are looking for natural herbs for anxiety as an alternative solution.

Can you get anxiety relief from herbs?

It is possible to get a relief naturally using herbal remedies, but you need to remember that anxiety is a psychological problem. So consuming certain herbs may help you, but surely it won’t cure your anxiety itself.

Below are some natural herbs for anxiety you can use, but please....

Make sure that you contact your doctor first before using any of these to avoid unwanted reactions. This is important as some herbs may be dangerous if combined with prescriptions.

Also, please carefully do more research on the following herbs before using these natural herbs for anxiety.

Here’s the list:

1. Kava


In Europe, people often use kava to treat anxiety and social phobia. An article on the FoxNews’ website reveals that this herb has the same effects on treating anxiety as Xanax and Valium. The previous reports claiming that kava was dangerous for the liver were proven baseless.

Warning: Do not take Kava if you have Parkinson’s, pregnant, or breast-feeding.

2. St. John’s Wort


St. John’s Wort has been used to treat anxiety because of its quality that can increase the levels of serotonin, also called the happy hormone, in the brain. That’s why it is useful in reducing the physiological sides of depressive disorders.

Warning: Do not take this herb if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Some people may have skin sensitivity to the sunlight after taking St. John’s Wort.

3. Damiana


Damiana used to be consumed by the Aztects as a sexual stimulant. Now it is also commonly used to treat anxiety and other conditions such as erectile dysfunction and menstrual cramps because it can act as a natural nerve tonic.

Warning: Do not consume damiana if you have Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, or are diabetic (it can increase blood sugar levels).

4. Ginseng


Ginseng can be a natural alternative for anxiety because it contains ginsenosides that can increase the levels of blood flowing into the brain. This is useful to reduce anxiety and physical stress. According to Linda B. White and Steven Foster in The Herbal Drugstore: The Best Natural Alternatives to Over-The-Counter and Prescription Medicines, Panax ginseng (Chinese ginseng) can be used for chronic anxiety.

Warning: Some people may actually feel that their anxiety worsens after consuming ginseng. Talk to your doctor.

5. Valerian



In addition to relieve mild to moderate anxiety, valerian is also commonly used to treat insomnia.

Warning: Avoid valerian during pregnancy.

If you are going to try the above herbs, please remember that they are not regulated by the FDA as they are not considered medications. Therefore, it is highly recommended to consult your doctor prior to trying certain natural herbs for anxiety.


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Hypnosis for Anxiety and Phobia – How to Make It Work for You



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As you probably know, hypnosis is not magic.

Hypnosis is an art of verbal and non-verbal psychological communication to effectively influence one’s subconscious mind. Sometimes the results can be extreme, so a lot of people think that it involves magic.

However, some who believe that hypnosis can help with certain conditions such as weight loss, addiction to smoking, anxiety, and phobia, think that it is a kind of magic cure. It is true that hypnosis can be a powerful therapy, but the fact is that it cannot replace the effort required on your part.

When it comes to phobia, hypnosis can be effective because phobic patients are generally more susceptible to hypnosis. According to a study reported by Frankel (1974), 58% of phobic patients in his study were highly responsive to hypnosis.

What are the treatment procedures to cope with phobia using hypnosis?

Phobia treatment using hypnosis may be done by exposing the patient to the feared situation, altering the perception of threat, and increasing the ability to deal with stressful situation.

Even though you have found a capable hypnotherapist, usually you are not recommended to be entirely dependent on him to relax yourself. Hypnosis practitioners will usually recommend their patients to practice self-hypnosis.

Hypnosis can also be a great facilitator in a behavioral therapy. According to the book Hypnosis for Therapy by Hamilton B. Gibson and Michael Heap, following are some procedures involved in a behavior therapy with hypnosis:

1. Verbal Instruction – a hypnosis practitioner will instruct patients what to do on how to handle particular situations

2. Rehearsal and Practice – practicing the new or instructed responses

3. Shaping – the phobiac patient’s behavior is shaped with positive or negative reinforcements

4. Aversion – extinguishing unwanted response or act with a noxious stimulus such as mild electric shock (this can be useful if done to treat deviant behaviors)

5. Desensitization – useful in treating phobic anxiety, which is by pairing negative response (fear) with another feeling incompatible with fear (e.g. relaxation).

6. Sensitization – pairing undesirable response with a negative stimulus (e.g. fear, feeling ill). This is almost the same with aversion therapy

7. Exposure, Flooding, and Response Prevention – exposing phobiac patients to the feared situations until the anxiety weakens

8. Modeling – observing another phobiac patient

To make hypnosis safe and effective, you should first consult with a physician before visiting a hypnotherapist so that you can be treated accordingly. Also, make sure that the practitioner you will visit is competent.

In addition to seeing a hypnotherapist and practicing self-hypnosis, you can also listen to hypnosis relaxation audios or other audio programs designed to release your fear.

If you decide to buy some hypnosis session MP3s to help with your phobia, it is recommended that you listen to it with headphones for about one month. It is because the key to success of using a hypnosis recording is repeated listening. However, never listen to hypnosis audio when you are driving!

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