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by Dave Koivuranta D.C.

Someone once said, “Worrying is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do but it never gets you anywhere.” The mind is such a powerful thing that often what we think is what we create. Our fears, our joys, our worries, our triumphs and our pains are quite often made worse or better by what we think of them. For example, thinking you will never overcome an illness could easily prevent your body from healing as fast or as well as it should.

And when it comes to your body, there is no difference between what really is and what really is not a problem or a solution in your mind. Our perception is what defines our ultimate reality whether it is good or bad...and seldom ever is worrying a good thing.

In health care, this powerful connection between the mind and the body is clearly demonstrated by a condition known as a panic attack. In a panic attack, therapists believe a subconscious fear or trigger is housed in the memory of a person and when this experience is recalled for whatever reason, the body relives that episode as if it were occurring again. This happens even if in reality the episode is completely absent.

Terror can overcome a person and fill them with fear as their heart races, they shiver, their chest hurts and their mouth goes dry. The person begins to breathe heavily as the muscles in the body tighten and a sickness fills their stomach. Any one thing or a combination of events can lead to an attack. To the outside observer the response to danger is apparently unwarranted as no perceivable threat exists.

So what is going on? Well, many would have us believe that a chemical imbalance is the cause of the panic, especially the drug companies. Often, taking medication will indeed calm the panic attack or help prevent it, but where is the imbalance coming from? If the chemicals were always out of balance, shouldn't the person be in constant panic? It seems more plausible that the attack is what creates the imbalance in chemicals and we've already discussed that the attack is brought about by a trigger in the mind based on a thought, perception or interpretation.

A panic attack, therefore, is an emotional response to a perceived threat that no longer exists. The mind is simply powerful enough to create a physical response to what it thinks is real. This panic response is healthy if a person is faced by a charging bull, but in the absence of any bulls it does not serve us well. Thinking you are being charged by a bull when you are not is a definite waste of time and energy.

Through this type of illness we have learned the singularity of the mind and body. Healthy people who run like a fine tuned car are not likely to demonstrate the unity between the mind and the body because when everything works well we take for granted the process or system that allows it to be that way. Only in times of dysfunction or abnormal working can we learn about some events in our bodies. The lesson here for all of us is to accept the vast magnitude of power and energy our bodies hold in creating our reality, especially when it comes to our health. The next time you are worried about getting sick, try and focus on getting excited about being healthy and the body will follow where your mind takes it.

As for the panic attacks, if this sounds like you then it is best to have a physical examination to rule out a true cause to your heightened reactions. If you appear physically healthy, it is best to consult with a therapist (cognitive therapist, life coach, psychologist, etc.) to work on your minds interpretation of the environment, including your own body. Life is too short to have it complicated by things that really shouldn't affect you. Never leave any stones unturned while working on your health. That way there will never be need to panic.