Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis. Aaron Beck, the father of cognitive therapy. Sometimes people ask me why I spend so much time on what generates panic attacks. My usual response is, beyond my natural curiosity, I simply don’t see how one can manage something if one doesn’t fully understand just what that something is. [...]
You’d certainly get no argument from most anyone that we’re living in very uncertain times. Though I suppose that’s been the case since humans graced the planet, it sure appears to be a lead-pipe-cinch these days. I mean, you name it, the economy, unemployment, political unrest, terrorism; the list of uncertainty goes on and on. [...]
So this is the actual physical manifestation of fear that panic sufferers know all to well. See, the amygdala doesn’t care if it’s right or wrong, justified or not; it receives input and fires. We need to learn how to bring the cortex back into play.