Barry McDonagh – a “former sufferer of all too frequent panic attacks and GAD” (generalized anxiety disorder) – notes “It is often observed that many people’s top ranking fear is not death but having to speak in public.
“Public speaking for people who suffer from panic attacks or general anxiety often becomes a major source of worry weeks or even months before the speaking event is to occur.”
He adds, “These speaking engagements do not necessarily have to be the traditional ‘on a podium’ events but can be as simple as an office meeting where the individual is expected to express an opinion or give verbal feedback.”
From my article Overcome the Anxiety of Public Speaking, which includes the article “Public Speaking and Panic Attacks” by Barry McDonagh.
He is founder of the Panic Away program.
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Here is some more info (from his site) about the program:
You are probably well aware that a panic attack is a ‘fight or flight’ response to a perceived threat.
The reason the human brain responds like this goes back to our prehistoric past where humans needed their bodies to respond quickly to a perceived physical threat.
What this new research is telling us, is that people’s mental activity during a panic attack is suddenly moving to the mid brain, resulting in the heightened state of fear and panic.
In short, a separate part of your brain becomes more active during a panic attack.
The problem, as you well know, is that once the panic attack begins and that heightened state of fear starts, it is very difficult to calm yourself down.
In order to restore calm you therefore need the brain’s mental activity to change.
This is the reason why deep breathing is so ineffective in helping people control a panic attack. All deep breathing does is try and restore calm to the body.
Trying to mentally calm the body is like shutting the gate after the horse has bolted.
Your brain is the control center and that is where the change needs to happen.
During a panic attack your brain has moved into panic mode and in order to really restore order you need to learn how to switch your mental activity back to the rational part of your brain.
What’s more is that you need to learn a technique that will allow you to do so in a split second, regardless of where you are or what you are doing.
Sounds complicated? Well it is not. When someone feels reassured that they are safe the mental activity reverts back to the forebrain.
The One Move Technique™ teaches you to feel safe in a very simple and easy to apply manner.
The One Move is called so because it is in effect a movement of mental activity. It is a technique that moves mental activity away from the impulsive mid brain back to the forebrain.
Barry McDonagh also writes :
During my anxiety period I studied the research papers from the academics and I read every book I could get my hands on. You might be familiar with some of these popular authors on the subject of anxiety: Edmund J. Bourne, Robert Handly, Pauline Neff, Lucinda Bassett…
There was however still something missing from all I read…
I tried all the exercises I did the relaxation and breathing techniques but nothing was shifting this deep fear of my next dreaded panic attack.
It was very frustrating for quite some time.
Then while experimenting with a combination of new cognitive ideas it dawned on me how to extinguish the very fuel the panic attack is driven by.
This changed everything, I could now put myself in all the situations I feared without having to worry about having a panic attack.
Barry Joe McDonagh is an international panic disorder coach.
Also see article, with videos: How to Reduce Anxiety – The Panic Away Program
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