The Arkham Sessions: The Psychology Of ‘fear Of Victory’

“You might feel anxious about work-related problems, taking a big exam, or making an important decision. But someone who suffers from panic disorder may react to those same moderate pressures with an exaggerated physical reaction-as if he or she were about to be attacked by a wild tiger or fall from a great height. It’s full-on, adrenaline-pumping, fight-or-flight response.” For this very reason, Rothbaum says, panic attacks are doubly frightening. “Because there is no real danger that provokes them, these episodes can happen anytime, anywhere”-including while walking down the street, dining out with a group of friends, grocery shopping-even sleeping, according to the National Institute of Mental Health . Over time, many who suffer panic attacks develop an on-going fear of having another attack. This fear can severely hamper daily activities and overall quality of life. Some people refuse to leave their houses or to put themselves in situations that remind them of their previous attacks.
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8 Things To Understand About Panic Attacks & How To Deal With Them

Did you also know which superhero happens to be an expert on panic attacks? Batman! In this episode ofThe Arkham Sessions, we discuss the episode Fear of Victory from Batman: The Animated Series . In this classic episode, the menacing, sadistic villain Scarecrow escapes from Arkham Asylum and targets all of Gotham Citys star athletes. But Scarecrows fear-inducing crimes are actually not the highlight of this episode. Rather, its the sudden onset of Robins panic attacks, his struggle to overcome his fears, and Batmans surprising expertise in anxiety treatment that take center ring in this satisfying episode.
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Avoiding anxiety triggers is also important.The phrase trigger warning gets used a lot in feminist activism and academia (lately, often times in a denigrating way). Personally, I dont go around telling other people what they shouldnt expose me to and instead worry about what I expose me to. I know Im not awesome in tiny, compact spaces, such as airplanes. I get really anxious when people are murdered in movies. A few years ago, I stumbled across a man domestically abusing a woman on my street and, quite understandably, I had a panic attack. So, when I can control it, I try not to expose myself to stressful triggers. (Conversely, if I start to feel panicky, Ill do things that have proven to make myself calmer, like going outside for fresh air or giving my husband a call.) 6.
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