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Why do I become so narrow-minded and clouded when I'm having an attack?

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Last Updated: 05/19/2020 at 10:34pm
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April 7th, 2015 5:25pm
I think the answer is very simple, there are lots of things on your mind. First your mind is focusing on the thing that is scaring you/ worrying you and secondly there is the concern about having an attack, and thirdly you may be scared about your heart beating abnormally fast. It's overwhelming which causes you to become 'clouded' and 'narrow-minded'.
April 30th, 2015 7:22pm
Your emotions are overwhelming your senses. They create a very real, tangible, physiological response. It's very normal to have your mind step up and address the issue like it's something you can beat back down but it's not always that simple. You might try interrupting the sudden emotional rush with a deep slow breath before it takes hold, similar to anger management techniques where you count to 10 before reacting, it gives you time to remember who you are and what you're doing so you can think with a clearer head. It's not easy, don't expect it to happen over night, but have confidence in yourself because you *want* things to get better. You are a strong, capable person, give yourself a fair chance to process the information.
December 2nd, 2015 2:12am
When you are having a panic attack all you need is the space and time to get out of the attack. Thinking rationally at that time will not help, just space and time.
January 5th, 2016 7:07pm
Attack is like a box that sucks you in. Try to rescue yourself when it comes and think you can beat
May 14th, 2018 2:41pm
I am assuming by attack an anxiety attacks is meant? If so; it is because your brain is in a very primal state at that moment; your only concern is to get to safety and that is all you will be able to focus on. You lose a bit of common sense and logic which you normally have.
January 9th, 2015 9:17pm
It's a question of survival. The narrow minded feeling and cloudedness is a result of needing to focus on pure survival.
June 1st, 2015 11:29pm
Anxiety attacks seize your brain, and most of its functions. Don't worry though, this also happens to me during panic attacks- I'm sure it's not abnormal. Try to calm yourself down, take deep breaths, count to ten and back.
March 21st, 2016 6:05pm
It is because you might feel your muscles tense and you feel like your going to be in a freightening situation and you want to walk away from it.
May 19th, 2020 10:34pm
Sometimes feelings can dominate reality through a false narrative one tells themselves. If I have a negative thought that is dominating a relatively harmless situation, I find it sometimes it is good to challenge it. Try it. Ask yourself, "Is this really true?" If it is really true, ask, "What is the worst thing that could happen?" If that happens ask,"Have I coped with something like this before?" Answering what I can do to I make this different and better than the last time this happened takes the power away from the anxiety. Just sitting with these questions helps take the power away from narrow mindedness.