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How can anxiety not kill you?
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How can anxiety not kill you?

Hey guys ... I have been dealing with anxiety for about two years now. I am no stranger to this website, but I usually hang out in the Heart Rhythm forum, because my anxiety primarily affects my heart. I go through different phases with relation to my anxiety: like the tide, it ebbs and flows. Lately, however, it seems to be flowing and not ebbing, so that I feel that it will eventually drown me.

The thing is that I have read in so many places that anxiety cannot kill you, but I just am not buying it. When I am having a bad panic attack, my heart is racing (REALLY racing, I mean, as in 180 beats per minute), my chest feels tight, and my legs feel weak. I feel that my body will give out at any second. And then I wonder what would happen if, during an attack, something were to scare me further, so that my panic grew worse? Say I was having a panic attack while out walking, and a big dog were to start running towards me. If I were calm, I would be able to deal with the panic that such an event would cause, but if I were already panicking, then wouldn't this second event send my body over the edge? My heart rate would rise again, my chest would grow tighter, and I would die. Wouldn't I? Isn't there a limit to how much panic your body can take, or even to the amount of time it can withstand panic? I am so afraid to do anything these days, for fear that I will finally have a panic attack severe enough to kill me. Some days I can barely leave the house. I have always been opposed to medication, but I am considering for the first time asking my doctor for a prescription. Anxiety is ruining my life, and I am convinced that it is going to end it!! Please help me understand what is happening to me!
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Anxiety can have many causes, most of them physical. High cortisol can cause panic attacks. I had a panic attack from an episode of hypoglycemia. Have yourself checked out by a good endocrinologist. It is a mistake to assume that anxiety is always emotional. My guess is that it rarely is.
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