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9 Panic Attack Myths We Need to Stop Believing

Anxiety is the feeling that you are in fear of something. It is a normal feeling among all human beings. However some people have anxiety without there actually being something to fear. Those who suffer from an excessive amount of  anxiety may also have panic attacks or panic disorder. Ricks Warren, a psychologist and clinical assistant at the University of Michigan says, " Panic attacks and panic disorder are mental healthy issues that many people still do not understand." When it comes to panic attacks or panic disorder, there are a few misconceptions that people have. Some of these myths include: 

  • Panic attacks are just an overreaction to stress
  • You can pass out from a panic attack
  • Panic attacks and anxiety are the same thing
  •  You are stuck with disorder for the rest of your life
  • It's hard to relate to someone who has panic attacks
  • Panic is a gateway to a more serious mental illness
  • Deep breaths will calm a panic attack
  • Loved ones can't help when someone is having a panic attack
  • You should avoid what causes the episodes

To learn more about these misconceptions and why they aren't necessarily true, click here


Chris Massman is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Agoura Hills, CA. She graduated Phillips Graduate Institute with a Master of Arts in Psychology in 2014 and received her Chemical Dependency Specialty in 2014. Today, she practices Congnitive-behavioral therapy to help individuals, couples, and families identify and overcome a variety of unique challenges.