So, as a result of being chronically overworked, these systems become super-sensitive and super-reactive to stress. And as the years go by, any exposure to stress, even in what would seem to be tolerable measures, only serves to agitate and exacerbate this already hypersensitive and exhausted stress response.
Well, then. My mother was a great woman in all ways. Her intelligence, compassion, and grace were truly remarkable. Yes, she was very much the genteel and refined woman her southern parents raised her to be.
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.