TRJE 357: Calm Down Sir

Anxiety attacks, scams, Tesla being bullied, humansexuals, and more, on this weeks episode of The Regis Jack Experience. Picture Unrelated?I don’t know why it started. Everything was fine. I wasn't worried. I wasn't nervous. I was happy and content.

Then I felt slightly light headed — and that gets my attention. I can feel my blood circulating through my body, flowing, racing to get from place to place. My heart rate jumps up and a rush of heat and blood soars up my body into my brain. I start to wonder if I’m breathing. The feeling of heat and my heartbeat is drowning out everything around me. All I can think is, “Oh god no, don’t do this,” as my heart tries to rip through my chest.

The people around me are calm because they can’t see the turmoil inside me. All they see is a calm exterior. Nothing gives me away right away. I don’t want anyone asking how I am, or asking if they can help. I want them all to stay away. Don’t touch me. Leave me be. I smile to make sure people know there is nothing wrong.

But something is terribly wrong. So terribly wrong. This could be it. This could be my last moment in this existence. I want to scream and cry — but I can’t. Even if I could I wouldn't. People would think I’m weak and helpless and I’m not, or rather I am, but they would't understand.

People see me pace, or dance to music that isn’t there, or see me talk to people only I can see. They think this is normal behavior for me — and it is — but it’s normal because I’m trying to calm the panic that is rising to power within my eternal being.

Yes I know I’m overreacting. I know everything is actually fine. But that doesn’t matter because my soul doesn’t understand that. My body doesn’t know. To them, it’s all real. The threat is real.

What I've just described is one of many ways it's like to have panic or anxiety attack, or whatever you kids are calling it these days.

Anxiety isn't the same things has fear, it's more than that. Wikipedia say this on it's page for Anxiety, "Fear is defined as short lived, present focused, geared towards a specific threat, and facilitating escape from threat; anxiety, on the other hand, is defined as long acting, future focused, broadly focused towards a diffuse threat, and promoting excessive caution while approaching a potential threat and interferes with constructive coping."

You can't tell someone having an attack to just stop it. You can't tell them to calm down, because never in the history of the world has anyone every calmed down by being told to calm down. The phrase "calm down" is equivalent to jabbing someone with a pointy stick - in their eye.

What can you do? — be calm and ask if there is something you can do to help. The answer may be to shut the hell up and leave them alone — and that's fine.

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"Earlier this year Donald Trump was quoted as saying, "I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn't lose voters," and he was correct (unless the person he shot was a voter and Trump supporter, then he lost 1 vote). But because of the bitter hatred between the Republican and Democratic Parties, each will support their party even if their candidate proclaimed themselves to be the AntiChrist and the destroyer of worlds. That statement is not in support of either party or candidate - it is merely a reflection of our society." - The Distracted Philosopher

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This is episode s09e38(357) for Monday, October 17, 2016 and clocked in at 19 minutes, 43 seconds