The challenge was to confront the panic in order to avoid the escalation. My therapist and I had to identify the triggers and learn strategies to keep me in the real world and away from the "crazy" thinking I was slipping into. Now I am learning to say, "Okay, this is the way my mind works—sometimes it goes a little off, but that's just who I am, and it is all right." At this point I need to get out of my head, physically get into a safe place, and think about something in the outside world that is concrete, known, and familiar. This strategy has alleviated some of the fears that lead to total loss of control.