Anxiety is both, physically and mentally a psychological issue. Physically the human body’s reaction is to avoid danger.

Anxiety is obviously caused by worrying; we are taught that if we function without worry we may not be alert. However, habitually worrying to the point of illness is highly dysfunctional. Furthermore, this will stagnate your growth making you feel neurotic, without a clear mind of actual facts. It continuously clouds one’s judgment and creates a vicious cycle of tremendous fear.Anxiety develops in one’s psyche, from dormant thoughts. It’s a duality dis-ease of fear and courage. Intellectually going beyond fear and courage with a clear mind will provide a developmental keen sense of the world. It will guide you to accept the things you can’t change.


You feel you can’t breathe, the heart is pounding, hear the heart pulsating in your ears, the mind is endlessly racing, hands and feet are numb sleeping, sweating with hot flashes, throat is closing, “I’m going to die “, I’m going crazy” thus in the mind.

Yes, I suffered from Panic Disorder for over 10 long years. These symptoms are symptoms of Panic Disorder, not of a crazy person or someone who is going to die. I assure you I have experienced this at first hand. Anxiety, Panic Disorder is distinguished by prolonged and repeated attacks with debilitating anxiety between attacks. You begin to withdraw avoiding social encounters in fear of another attack.

An encounter with a panic attack does not mean you now have Panic Disorder unless you experience countless times of anxiety in between. Panic attacks may last a few minutes or up to a few hours. Your body physically becomes exhausted from the emotional turmoil and restores itself to normal human behavior. It’s important to feel safe in a secure atmosphere or environment, in-case depression sets in after the attack softly simmer. Furthermore, you need to be surrounded around someone who truly loves and understand you due to constant worry and fear. Unforeseen panic, leads to more panic so stay calm. Panic can feel completely devastating with a force of doom. Panic may be managed with herbal treatment, therapy, or medication.

In my experience, have a good support group system, confide in those closest to you, for you need not worry about judgment. Many of us suffer from anxiety if you or anyone you know suffers from any of these symptoms; help is beneficial to obtaining a normal productive healthy lifestyle. My life was a completely controlled lifestyle at one point.

My determination to overcome suffering from anxiety and panic disorder was an endless valuable journey of research, medication, herbal remedies, meditation, yoga, and counseling. My journey has not ended so I can’t say my anxiety and stress have completely disappeared; however, my perseverance and knowledge have intellectually given me just the medicine. Acceptance is the answer: it relieves symptoms of anxiety. I no longer fear any anxiety or panic coming upon, because I have a keen sense of exactly what is happening. Accepting this reduces what-ifs: in turn, it no longer has room for growth, however, you do. Confronting your fears eliminates them, little by little. Currently, I have so much control that when a thought windless in, I simply allow it, gracefully accepting it. For example: if I think I am crazy, I accept it, so what if I am crazy, many of us are, if I think I am dying, I say well if I do die I was fortunate to have lived, these techniques have brought great relief and comfort.

Anxiety symptoms are very frightening and real, do not tell someone to snap out of it, encourage and support the person suffering from panic. Imagine thinking your dying or going crazy it can be a very scary and confusing experience for someone suffering from panic. Medication may be helpful, but stagnates the problem in reality you need to talk to release anxiety; medication provides a hidden cover-up the illusion. Eventually, it seeps out and depression set in, so take care of the situation at the root. Most importantly listen to your body it speaks silently, but if you don’t listen watch it scream.

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About the Author: Cice Rivera
Cice Rivera, over 20 years combined experience as a motivational speaker, mental health, addictions, CRA, art, drama therapy, & spiritual-related counseling services in a variety of outpatient, inpatient & residential settings. In addition, in my clinical experience, I have provided nutritional counseling, drama therapy, art therapy, music therapy, poetry therapy, writing therapy, meditation and yoga groups, classes and individual sessions. As a practicing Mental Health Counselor I hold a Florida License for Addiction Counseling and a Master's in Human Development with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. Also, certified in co-occurring disorders from the University of South Florida. Certified Pastoral Counselor from Phoenix University. Furthermore, I studied at the Academy For Addiction Professionals in South Fl. I am a registered Drama Therapist with NADTA. Registered Art Therapist with AATA and REAT. I am certified and attended an intense art therapy and positive psychology program from trauma –Informed Practices & Expressive Arts Therapy Institute. Trained and certified in Hypnotherapy from the Motivation Hypnosis institute. Last, trained and experienced in Recreational Therapy in a treatment facility for over 6 years. Registered member of ACA, AATA, REAT, and NADTA. Fully licensed, insured and bonded by the state of Florida. Professionally trained in a variety of treatment modalities; my counseling approach is determined by my client's preference and personal goals. Approach is based on positive psychology with a mixture of other modalities. I approach counseling and psychotherapy from an empathetic, logical, person-centered and nonjudgmental perspective. Modalities included in my treatment: CBT, MI, psycho-edu., Self Motivated Identity strategies, & self-improvement. For example, my drama therapy is an active approach to facilitating inner change. Focused on storytelling, projective play, improvisation, and performance.

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