Fear and anxiety are normal. Our brains are wired to keep us alive. Unfortunately, sometimes our brains get things wrong and tries to protect us against situations that aren’t actually dangerous. Our brains can erroneously tell us that our own anxiety is dangerous.
The good news is that learned fears can be unlearned. Given enough time and effort, we can re-train our brain to recognize that our feelings of anxiety are harmless and don’t require a flight or fight response. There are many scientifically-proven treatments for panic attacks such as exposure therapy (or CBT with exposure), relaxation, flooding, cognitive restructuring, and others.1 2 3