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Stress; Good or Bad?

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The stress response isn’t always bad.

It’s the body’s natural reaction to certain triggers, originally a survival mechanism.

So where stress enhances a function, it may be considered good – for example, a child running into the road triggers a mother’s “fight or flight” response.

However, if this stress response is persistently triggered by the brain and is excessive, it often leads to anxiety and worse; panic and the panic attack symptoms we have been talking so much about.

It’s important to keep a close watch for physical elements associated with the fight or flight stress response if you are worried that your occasional encounter with panic attack symptoms is becoming pronounced.

They include:
 
  1. Accelerated heart and lung action
  2. Inhibited stomach and intestinal action
  3. Constricted blood vessels in many parts of the body
  4. Dilation of blood vessels for muscles
  5. Inhibited tear glands and salivation
  6. Dilation of pupils
  7. Bladder worries
  8. Erection difficulty

Everyone experience the stress response, so its not something that should worry you, however long term exposure to frequent episodes of panic attack symptoms can effect your health and increase the likelihood of contracting some of life’s major diseases such as Cancer, Heart Disease, Stroke and Diabetes.

Remember a physiological stress response should not be a persistent one, so if it is, you must do something about it. The panic attack symptoms you experience if persistent are damaging to your overall health and are not only limited to your panic disorder.


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