Anxiety Disorders and Panic Attacks: Alison Sommer at TEDxCarletonCollege

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Alison Sommer graduated from Carleton with a degree in Asian Studies, and now works as an academic technologist at Macalester College. She believes that awar…
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  1. Pete S says:

    Personally, I have found a GABA supplement taken just before bed every
    night helps keep me calm throughout the day. That, and going no contact
    with my narcissistic mother who enjoyed manipulating me during my panic
    attacks. She would see me having the attack and then beg me to do the worst
    possible outcome of whatever it was that caused my attack. Then she would
    later deny having done anything. She would add insult to injury by adding,
    “you’re scared” after the denial. Talk about messing with my head. 

  2. 45ounce says:

    Had an anxiety attack 45mins ago. Have about 3 a day. Always feel exhausted

  3. Kayla Allen says:

    this video is inspiring. I recently came out about my GAD and depression
    and got encouragement to write my english paper on my anxiety and it was
    the most helpful and amazing papers i have ever written. It was hard to
    talk about but seeing people like you helped give me the courage. I am
    using your video in my class for my presentation because your video is
    touching to me. Thank you. 

  4. Francesca Hewitt says:

    I actually cried when you did your reenactment of a panic attack, you
    described it so well. I had panic attacks when I was young a few times and
    I wasn’t aware of a trigger other than fear of having ANOTHER panic attack
    that always brought on the next one. I remember the fear attached to
    explaining to people what had happened. I was so unaware of panic attacks
    that it wasn’t until this year (at 18 years old) that I realised in
    retrospect what the paralyzing fear had been. No one knew what was wrong
    with me. My mum dismissed it as an ear infection and probably assumed it
    was some attention seeking behaviour so found it easy to do so because of
    my young age. Point is, due to this dismissal I never spoke out about it
    until over a decade later. Even now I would be afraid to tell my peers
    about the panic attacks I used to have and the anxiety I suffer from now
    (which I’m learning to overcome). Anyway, well done for doing this. You are
    SUPER brave. I felt like you did this more so for other people than
    yourself. Amazing. 🙂 

  5. Artisan Local says:

    As a sufferer of panic disorder and agoraphobia for the last 2yrs. Meds and
    CBT have started to give me my life back. At my worst point I was unable to
    go grocery shopping.work. or do any of the things I once enjoyed. I am
    happy to hear someone try to take the stigma away from mental health
    issues. I talk to very few people about my panic attacks because I have
    heard it all. “What do youuu have to be stressed out about. Its all in your
    head. Be a man and suck it up. You’re just being weak.”, 

  6. Christa Smith says:

    Oh my god. I’m not alone. Thank you, Ms. Sommer.

  7. 33Crazydude says:

    Is there anyone here who’s had large bouts of anxiety that lasts for hours
    and hours until the next day and not slept a wink.
    This has happened to me from time to time.
    Sometimes my anxiety kicks in and don’t know what the hell it is that’s
    triggered it?

  8. Jk Meenan says:

    “most of them time i took it out on my husband hah hah” i imagine that
    saying a guy on TED and if anyone would laugh about that.

  9. SSJKenpachiZaraki says:

    6:39 eeeeeeeeeeeeeeerrrrruuuuuuuuuuughhhhhhhhh i can’t even watch this ;_;
    (i’m a panic attack sufferer)

  10. StevenDeb Spellman says:

    wow…she so described me! thank you so i can help describe my feelings

  11. Marie Gardiner says:

    I am Marie Gardiner and I am studying to become an expert in Hypnosis for
    the Relief of PTSD, Panic Attacks and Anxiety. I have a facebook
    …..Hypnotherapy and Hypno-massage by Marie …….I would love to hear
    from you if you are experiencing intense or even not-so-intense anxiety. I
    can help! I do Skype sessions with people around the world and as much as
    I appreciated this TED talk, I believe we can heal without the use of
    chemicals and pharma. If you would like a natural way to heal and if you
    would like to retrain your mind to respond in a healthier, more productive
    and relaxed way, get in touch with me! I have patience, unconditional
    love, passion, understanding and I can help! What do you have to loose?
    What do you have to gain?

  12. Michael W says:

    Aspergers, GAD, MDD, PTSD. I don’t like the idea of medication, but I’ve
    found meditation to be a HUGE help for me personally. GAD and MDD started
    in childhood, PTSD through the loss of my grandfather and bullying–I was
    only recently diagnosed with Aspergers (although I had a gut feeling that I
    was different from around the age of 5-6–I just didn’t know how to
    communicate it). My last suicide attempt was in 2011. 

  13. Simon Purist says:

    The problem is that state laws are basically back in the Middle Ages when
    it comes to dealing with any kind of disorder at all, and they allow any
    doctor to involuntarily admit a person to a psych hospital, and from there
    be involuntarily committed simply on the basis of their having a disorder
    if the hospital simply claims that they are a danger to somebody. Meanwhile
    these laws don’t apply to somebody who doesn’t have a disorder on record,
    and that’s going to cuz people you hide it, And avoid getting help they

  14. ifiok25 says:

    Wow Alison. I loved the illustration of a panic attack. It was pretty
    emotional just to watch. 

  15. Jack Jhon says:

    Nice Video

  16. paul harris says:

    Interesting that a concussion led to psychological symptoms. I had one
    recently but haven’t noticed any psychological effects other than fatigue
    and worry about whether I would fully recover. I’ve had panic attacks since
    I was 19, 40 years ago. The first and worst two occurred when I was smoking
    pot, but after that they happened on their own. I would get attacks of
    nausea too. Drugs can remove the intense part of the attack. I think
    attacks occur when one is carrying around too much baggage. Our unconscious
    minds mull things over even when we aren’t aware of it, and sometimes they
    come to scary conclusions that burst through into consciousness. Some
    little thing can set it off. But agoraphobia is next to impossible to
    explain to someone who hasn’t experienced it. That’s part of the problem.
    Don’t expect a lot of sympathy or understanding, especially if you’re a

  17. pittielove says:

    That’s a pretty accurate representation of a panic attack. Mine are a
    little different of course, but I haven’t seen anyone show it quite like
    that before. I agree that there needs to be more awareness of anxiety
    disorders. I never speak about mine, because I can’t handle it when people
    think a panic attack is just being worried about whether I left the stove
    on or not.

  18. Ramesha Agus says:

    Instead of wasting your time on traditional cure without having guaranteed
    outcome, you have to treat anxiety attack yourself by natural remedy.

  19. Russell Hund says:

    The excellent news here! You can actually get rid of your panic disorder
    effectively using organic method, eliminate the real cause of your

  20. River Tam says:

    I had this same kind of panic attack once after smoking Marijuana. I dont
    smoke anymore after that becasue it does not agree with me. Maybe if it was
    legal and I could find it in a dispensary regulated, then I would smoke.

  21. Rusticfucker says:

    Don’t always trust the mainstream medical world. Your anxiety might be
    caused by heavy metal toxicity or general unhealthiness and nutrient
    deficiency. Look into mercury toxicity and magnesium deficiency. Peace!

  22. David Hill says:

    Well said. Welcome to a large part of the human race. Most keep this
    disorder a painful secret and suffer in silence, this includes depression.

  23. Gimky Sama says:

    The great news here! You possibly can heal your panic disorder easily by
    using organic technique, eliminate the real cause of your condition

  24. Str8upbrah says:

    What kind of meds? How can this be beat?
    I haven’t found a doctor that I feel comfortable with, so I’d like to know
    and do the research.

  25. flaurne says:

    I was so uncomfortable I couldn’t watch it through.

    I think I might spill here to feel better.

    I have Anxiety and I guess what would call panic attacks due to worries
    about health. Before I started having them I was a 315 pound dude and said
    screw it I’m losing it. I knew I wasn’t going to handle not eating much too
    well so I did what I would and just went for a lot of exercise. I live on a
    nice big hill so I just walked up and down that. It went well and over
    about a 5-6 month period I lost 60. The problem is I got addicted to the
    exercise. I went nuts on a hot day hit that hill for a good 3 hours
    straight. I kept hydrated to the best of my ability and all that but when I
    was about to call it my vision started getting really blurry. Then I got
    dizzy almost immediately followed by my heart rate going through the roof.
    Not wanting to crack my head on the concrete I sat down and after 5- 10
    minutes of panicking and expecting to pass out I crawled home and got some

    Long story shorter doctors couldn’t find anything wrong with me and called
    it dehydration mixed with panic but later on when trying to exercise even a
    portion of what I did recreated the original episode. I convinced myself I
    damaged myself somehow, usually thinking I hurt my heart. My nerves
    started going haywire, making me twitch and stressed muscles to the point
    of creating chest pain, and further convincing me of a heart problem. This
    had me going for a month and a half, giving me what felt like heart
    attacks, making me afraid to move because I might exert too much. I’ve
    picked up on it but now but if I try to do manual labor my heart rate can
    pick up in a second, setting off my nerves and tricking me into thinking I
    might have something wrong with me. It gets me going and can create the
    episodes like the original.

    Sometimes I can start to feel over it, start doing whatever and last a week
    or two without problems, just to get hit randomly and start having to baby
    myself for every little action for at least a week. Got hit with an episode
    two days ago. The great thing is it wasn’t even a bad one and I was almost
    begging to go to the hospital, but as I’m trying to avoid getting on a list
    I didn’t. I tensed up so much during my entire body still feel like it just
    got over a charley horse.

    Just think about what to type here actually set my nerves off but as I’m
    doing about the most nonathletic thing I can keep my head together…

    It sucks but I’ve kept from taking pills so far. I’ve convinced myself that
    If I take them now I’ll never get off of them and it’ll shut my liver down
    by age 50. Kind of forcing myself through it, but what ya gonna do.

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