Our expert says:
Psychologist: Hi Annie,
One of the symptoms of panic disorder is fear of another panic attack and fear that this is going to cause you harm. It sometimes helps to think of these fears of harm as part of the disorder and this will tell your brain that the danger you feel is not necessarily real. Another thing to remember is that people who exercise often are healthy and their heart beat increases as part of the natural process of exercise and this does not cause damage. For the quality of your own life though, it is best to manage your fear of harm from panic attacks with psychotherapy. This will not only improve your quality of life, but also prevent you from feeling fear of further panic attacks which stops the cycle of the attacks happening. If you would like to get in touch with a therapist to help you do this you can contact the South African Depression and Anxiety Group on 0800 70 80 90. they will put you in touch with a therapist who deals in this area.
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