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Panic Attack Treatment: 2 Proven Techniques + 5 Must-Know Facts (New Research)

Panic Attack Treatment: 2 Proven Techniques + 5 Must-Know Facts (New Research)

In today’s video I’m going to share with
you 5 essential, little-known scientific-facts and insights that you absolutely must know
about, if you want to quickly and effectively treat your panic attacks. I’m also going to give you 2 unique, counterintuitive
techniques, that have BOTH been scientifically proven to help treat anxiety and to treat
panic disorder — so you can use these techniques to make a significant, positive difference
in your life, today. Hi, I’m Michael Norman, and as scientist
and paid-on-results anxiety specialist with clients from over 103 countries around the
world, I’ve witnessed first hand how panic attacks and panic disorder, have impacted
the lives of even the strongest, bravest people. Whether someone’s a celebrity, a highly-respected
doctor, a CEO, whether they’re a student, a stay at home mum, or anyone else, panic
doesn’t discriminate. Almost 1 in 3 people will experience a panic
attack in their life-time, and I’ve been through it too. Thankfully though, there’s some good news
to this story, because thanks to the last 3 decades of scientific research, panic is
now one of most treatable issues there is, if you get the right scientifically grounded
help, and that’s what this video is all about. Now, years ago Albert Einstein wisely pointed
out: “If I were given one hour to save the world,
I would spend 59 minutes defining the problem and one minute solving it.” This is especially true when it comes to successfully
treating the panic attacks you’ve had, because, as you’ll soon discover for yourself, once
you have an accurate understanding of what’s been happening to you, how panic really works,
and what’s been keeping it in your life, surprisingly, the solution suddenly becomes
much clearer, as does the path back to a normal, panic-free life. So with all of this in mind, let’s move
onto the first counterintuitive fact, FACT 1: The Term “Panic Attack” Is Not
Only Completely Misleading, It Can Actually Make It More Difficult To Recover. Words carry a lot of power. They can mislead
us, they can deceive us, they can send us in the wrong direction, down the wrong path,
or they can illuminate deeper truths, show us where to go, and help us to find our way
home. And knowing this is true, I hope it’s obvious
why I consider it so very important, that you know, that a panic attack is absolutely
NOT an “attack”. That phrase is totally misleading, and as
you’ll understand before you finish this video, it can create a mindset that make things
much worse, making it much harder to successfully treat panic. If we really care about solving your problem
once and for all, then, obviously, we really care about the truth, and the overwhelming
scientific evidence is that every panic attack you’ve ever had, was not an attack at all,
but surprisingly, it was just an innocent, very well-intended, over-protective MISTAKE. To explain this more, I’m going to share
with you a short clip from my “Panic Free TV Foundation” video series, which presents
a simple but important thought-experiment, Which of these two smoke alarms would you
prefer to have protecting you in your home? Would you prefer to have smoke alarm that
sometimes FAILS to go off, and stays silent, even though there’s a deadly fire in your
house? Or, would you prefer to have a smoke alarm
that never misses a real fire, but occasionally goes off when you burn the toast, even though
there is no danger, and everything is actually fine? Now of course, we’d all prefer to have a
perfect smoke alarm system, that never make any mistakes — but the reality is, we live
in complex and often ambiguous world. And so if you had to choose between one of
these two options, what would you chose? An under-sensitive smoke alarm that could
miss a real fire and kill you? Or an over-sensitive smoke alarm that occasionally
has unpleasant, noisy false alarms, but never misses a real fire, and always keeps you safe? It’s a simple answer, isn’t it. When it comes to our survival, to our LIFE,
it’s better to have an alarm system that errs on the side of safety, even if that means,
we sometimes get false alarms. So what does this have to do with panic? Well, “panic attacks” are nothing more than
false alarms of our over-protective, life-saving fear systems. And while it probably hasn’t felt that way
for you in the past, the truth is that a panic “attack” is just a terrifying, overwhelming,
over-protective MISTAKE. It’s a mistake, that ironically, is motivated
by your brain’s #1 priority in life — to keep you safe. Panic attacks are our brain and body, following
the same “better safe than sorry” philosophy, that every good smoke detector system uses. And it’s far healthier, in fact it’s optimal,
to have a fear system that is biased to be over-sensitive and to occasionally give us
false alarms, than it is to have an under-sensitive system, that could miss real danger, that
could kill us. So a panic attack is JUST an over-protective
mistake. The only real problem, and it’s a big one,
is that it’s a terrifying mistake. It’s a mistake that can leave us feeling
exposed, vulnerable, and unsafe. Even though no one dies from a panic attack,
and even though panic could never ever make anyone truly go crazy, the false alarm
of a panic attack often creates a very powerful ILLUSION, that these things could happen. And that’s why I really believe, that you
are incredibly, So again, a panic attack is NOT an “attack”. Instead, it’s a false alarm. It’s a mistaken effort to protect you, from
a danger that’s not there. Unfortunately, the reason why it’s so scary,
the reason why it’s one of the most horrible experiences anyone could ever go through,
is because a false alarm sounds the same as a real alarm. And with a panic false alarm,
because we so often don’t know what’s going on, the confusion and uncertainty can
make everything even more alarming. And that’s why it’s so very important
you know about fact #2. Believe it or not, all the strange and scary
symptoms you’ve had because of panic, especially the ones that seem the most dangerous,
all they really are, are just harmless byproducts, of a false alarm. Fortunately, thanks to a lot of research,
we know how a false alarm alone, can create them, We know they can’t kill you, We know they can’t make you truly go crazy, And we know that, reassuringly, as you learn
about this, it can help you immediately feel safer and more secure. Now, since we have a lot to cover in this
video, I’m not going to go into the details here, even though this is a very important
topic. Since I cover this in depth in my free “Panic
Free TV Foundation Series”, if you want to learn more, as I recommend you do, then
you’ll find what you’re looking for when you get to episode 2 of my Foundation Series. Again, my it’s completely free, at least
at the moment, so you can watch it by visiting www.PanicFree.TV, or by clicking YouTube information
icon in the top right hand corner of this video. Okay let’s move on to, FACT 3: There is the core, hidden pattern
behind every panic false alarm you’ve ever had , and as you’ll soon see, this pattern reveals
to us, the fastest, most effective, most direct path, back to a normal, panic-free life. If you’ve ever been told that you have panic
disorder, even though I’m not at all a fan of that label at all, this is the core
pattern we want to shift together, so that you can finally be 100% panic-free. To explain more, here’s another short clip
from my foundation series, A panic attack happens when anxiety creates
body sensations and anxious thoughts, And, because our brain has mistakenly learnt
to fear those body sensations or thoughts, it creates even more anxiety. That increased anxiety then creates even MORE
body sensations and thoughts, and around the cycle people go. I call this The Panic Pattern, because it’s
THE pattern behind every scary false alarm. It’s a HARMLESS vicious cycle, that can
escalate, into a full fight/flight response. So, let me share with you one of the most
common examples of this pattern, because it helps illustrate this, more clearly. Since anxiety makes everyone’s heart beat
a little faster, if something happens in our lives that makes us fearful or anxious enough,
naturally our heart will speed up. Again, this is a completely natural and healthy
response that we all have. But if someone is scared of that, if they’re
scared of having a faster heart beat, then anytime they get anxious enough, for whatever
reason, it can trigger The Panic Pattern. Anxiety would make their heart beat faster,
and a faster heart beat would make them more anxious, which would further increases their
heart beat, and a harmless, but scary vicious cycle, would ensue. This is the core pattern behind every panic
false alarm. And it can work if people fear a faster heart
beat, or any other anxiety-related body sensation, that they happen to be scared of. Again, a panic false alarm happens when anxiety
creates body sensations and anxious thoughts, and, because our brain has mistakenly learnt
to fear those body sensations and thoughts, that creates even more anxiety. And that increased anxiety then creates even
MORE body sensations and thoughts, and around the cycle we go. Now you might be asking: what’s the deal
with panic that’s triggered by external situations — like driving, or flying, shopping,
leaving the house, or other things? Why does that happen? Well, if it happens, it’s because those
external situations have become associated with anxiety, and so they feed right into
The Panic Pattern. Anything that triggers enough anxiety to create
a feared body sensation, can trigger the whole vicious cycle, and therefore a panic attack. Now, there are several reasons why understanding
“The Panic Pattern” is so important — the most important by far, is that it reveals
to us the fastest, most effective, most direct path, back to a normal, panic-free life. I’ll talk about this more in just a moment,
but first, it’s essential we cover fact #4 Following commonsense tends to backfire, keeps
people stuck, and reinforces The Panic Pattern If you’ve struggled to find the answers
you need, then please know, it’s definitely NOT your fault. Even though panic is one of the most treatable
issues there is, unfortunately it’s also one of the most counterintuitive. What seems as if it SHOULD work with panic
DOESN’T. And what DOES work tends to fly in the face
of commonsense. There are several important examples of this,
but for now, in this video, I’m just going to mention one very, very briefly, And that example of how commonsense tends
to backfire with panic, is trying to fight it Trying to stop, suppress, or fight back against
panic is one of the most natural responses in the world. Any sensible, intelligent person would try
to do it, But unfortunately, as a huge amount of research
shows, when it comes to panic what we resist doesn’t just persist, unfortunately, it
often becomes stronger, more resilient, and more enduring. When we try and fight panic, it typically
leads to more intense, more enduring panic-related body-sensations and thoughts, not less. In the short-term this fuels to “The Panic
Pattern”, and in the long-term it increases the chance of further, frequent, ongoing false
alarms. While I explain this in depth in my foundation
series, I hope you can now appreciate yet another reason why I am definitely not a fan
of the term “panic attack”. When people are mislead into believing that
panic is an “attack”, or a “trick”, or a “monster”, or any other unhelpful,
conflict based metaphor, then it’s only natural that they’d try and fight it, which
unfortunately doesn’t only NOT help, it actively makes the situation worse. Believe it or not, even doing absolutely NOTHING,
is a far more effective strategy than trying to fight panic, and if that statement seem
a little crazy to you, then consider that doing essentially nothing, was a key part
of a pioneering approach to panic, developed my compatriot Claire Weekes, more than 60
years old. STRATEGY #1 Weekes was an Australian doctor, and she was
the pioneer of acceptance-based approaches for panic and anxiety, which are so common
today. She urged people not to try and fight panic,
but instead, to utterly accept it, to “float” through it, to use her words, and to let time
pass, until it goes away. How could this be helpful? Well, if we go back to the scene I you showed
earlier in this video, with burning toast, when we try to fight a false alarm, it’s
like pushing that toast back into the toaster, and turning that toaster up. Even though it’s
still just burning toast, it leads to much more smoke, and as a result, a much longer
false alarm. However, when we utterly accept a false alarm,
it’s like turning that toaster off. Even though the smoke may linger for a while, if
you let time pass as Weekes used to say, the smoke WILL clear, and things will more
quickly return to normal. Now, obviously, I’ll well aware that trying
to accept a false alarm is far, far easier said than done — and this is why acceptance-based
approaches take time and practice to work. Weekes was very honest about this, and she
urged people to be realistic, so they would stick with the process, even through setbacks. In her own words, if you use an acceptance-based
approach, “don’t count the days, don’t count the
months, let time pass” Because, “even with compete acceptance, it takes
about 2 months to desensitise the body” While this has been shown to be true for all
acceptance-based approaches scientifically studied, even though acceptance is a slow
process, it does help, if people stick with it. And for the 1960’s accepting panic and anxiety
was a revolutionary idea, which helped hundreds of thousands of people, who way back, at that
point in history, had little else that worked. Now, since were covering such an important
topic here, that of NOT fighting panic, I want to share a second, even more useful strategy,
one that you can use to actually stop a false alarm, if you have one. This is strategy #2 Now, before I share this strategy with you,
I need to warn you upfront, that when I explain it you, you’ll probably think it’s totally
crazy. That’s totally ok, but also keep in mind
that we know from research, that this counterintuitive strategy is more effective than many of the
most commonly used approaches to treating panic. It’s is more effective than breathing exercises. It’s more effective than relaxation techniques. And it’s more effective than cognitive approaches
— where someone tries to use logic to dismiss, talk back to, or “correct” anxious thoughts. What’s this “crazy” strategy that can
actually help? It’s using a paradoxical approach where,
if you get a false alarm, instead of trying to fight it, you VOLUNTARILY try to make it
stronger and last longer. Now, how could such a “crazy” approach
ever work? Well there are several reasons beyond the
scope of this video, but to give you just one reason here, I’d like you to consider
this: Have you ever tried to force yourself to fall
asleep, but as a result, you found yourself being more awake? Have you ever tried so hard to forget something,
that you ending up thinking about it even more? Or have you’ve ever tried to force yourself
to be attracted to someone you didn’t have ANY feelings for, and, as a consequence, you
became even more aware that person wasn’t right for you. If you’ve ever had one of these experiences,
then you might appreciate that, when we try to force an involuntary, automatic, mental
or emotional process, sometimes all that effort backfires, and it inhibits that very process. This is something we can use to our advantage
with panic, and it’s why, when I first meet a new client, if they’re having a false
alarm because they’ve left their comfort zone even to talk to me, I never ask them
to relax. Instead, very often, I ask them to voluntarily
make the false alarm a LOT bigger. I ask them to voluntarily give me the biggest
false alarm they’ve ever had. And what happens universally, is they can’t. Paradoxically, it relaxes them. Now, obviously, when I work with clients 1-on-1
there is a unique art and skill to making sure this works optimally for each individual,
but the use of paradoxical approaches like this, isn’t something I invented. Famous therapists like Alfred Adler, Victor
Frankl and Milton Erickson, as far back as 90 to 100 years ago, EACH independently discovered
that instead of trying to fight with a problem, sometimes you get far better results by, paradoxically,
trying to encouraging it. When done correctly, even with self-application,
even in a basic form as I’m sharing with you here, this approach has been shown to
be a useful first step for helping people with panic — one that, again, is more effective
than breathing exercises, more effective than relaxation techniques, and more effective
than trying to use logic to debate, talk-back to, or change anxious thoughts. Again, the approach is, if you get a false
alarm, instead of trying to fight it, you voluntarily try as hard as you can to FORCE
IT, trying with all your willpower, to compel it to become the biggest, longest lasting
false alarm you’ve ever had, as fast as it can. Now, as useful as this approach can be as
a first step, obviously it’s just that, a first step. It’s a tool to help people realise that
panic doesn’t work the way you think it does, and that, paradoxically, you can get
much more control when you don’t follow commonsense. Now, I want to shift mindsets and very briefly
introduce you to a totally different orientation to treating panic. Because, obviously, as nice as it is to have
ways to accept, cope with, or even stop a false alarm after it happens, obviously, approaches
like that are highly reactive. You have to remember what to do, You have to be able to consciously apply that
strategy in the heat of the moment, which often isn’t easy, And worst of all, even if you have a really
good technique that works, you’ve still had to go through the unpleasant experience
of having your day interrupted by a false alarm Obviously, none of that is optimal at all. So what’s the solution? Well, I’m sure you’ve heard the old saying
that prevention is better than cure, and obviously, what’s far more useful and far more effective,
is if we can help you automatically prevent future false alarms, so they never even happen
in the first place. Because, for me, “Panic Free” is NOT about coping better
with false alarms, because if you have to cope with or accept false alarms, that means
you still get them. “Panic Free” doesn’t even mean that
you’re able to immediately stop a false alarm, as soon as it begins — because, at
best, that’s just a good start. What “Panic Free” really means is that panic
has truly become a total non-issue for you, in your life. It means you’re naturally and effortlessly,
as panic-free, care-free and “normal”, as anyone else you know, without you having
to even think about it. And what’s the fastest, most effective way
to help you reach the point where you’re truly panic free? Well that leads us into fact #5 FACT 5: We Can Automatically Prevent Future
False Alarms, By Quickly Ending “The Panic Pattern” Whether you’ve had just a few false alarms
so far, whether you’ve had them for years or even decades, or whether you’ve been
diagnosed as having panic disorder, if we can change your automatic responses
so that instead of feeling anxious you’re AUTOMATICALLY calm, relaxed, and secure in
response to the very triggers that triggered “The Panic Pattern” for you in the past,
then there can’t be a vicious cycle, and you won’t be able to panic. This is the focus of all my work, and obviously,
if you like this video and you want more of my help, then obviously I have so much more
to share with you. While you’ll notice I have a range of resources
on my website, including ways you can work with me personally, I recommend you start
first with my free foundation series, which goes into everything we’ve talked about
here, plus a lot more, in much more detail. Again, my foundation series is totally free
at the moment, and you can watch the first episode in full right now by clicking the
link in the description, by visiting my website at www.panicfree.tv, or by clicking the information
icon in the top right hand corner of this video. Thousands of people, from all walks of life,
have gone through my foundation series, and since so many of them have openly said that
it’s made a real, positive difference in their lives, I think you’ll discover too,
when you watch it for yourself, that it also makes a real, positive difference for you. I hope this video has obviously been helpful
for you, and if it has then please leave me a comment below, so that I know, you’d like
me to make more videos, like this video here on YouTube. Also, if you’d like be immediately notified
as soon as I publish new, helpful videos, like this video here, then obviously subscribe
to my YouTube channel and automatically, this will happen. Remember, panic is one of the most treatable
issues there is, if you get the right scientifically grounded help. You are not alone, and not matter what you’ve
been through, there’s so much we can do to help make an immediate positive difference
in your life. Thank you so much for watching. I hope again
that this video was incredibly useful for you. I’m Michael Norman, and this has been
another episode of Panic Free TV

100 thoughts on “Panic Attack Treatment: 2 Proven Techniques + 5 Must-Know Facts (New Research)

  1. I'm by myself in a hotel and having panic attacks. This video was a godsend. Thank you so much for doing this. Only someone who's had panic attacks will know how grateful I am right now. Thank you so much.

  2. Thank you for the video, it was indeed helpful and helped me understand some of what I already knew by laying it out in a more understanding way. I have dealt with panic attacks in the past and was prescribed Xanax for them as needed but I didnt want to rely on them so I stopped taking them. For a long period of time I worked my way out of the mindset of working my self into a attack, but only recently during a stressful period I have found myself back in that mindset and having the worst and most crippling attacks I have ever had. I hope to fix the issue and avoid going back on Xanax. Thank you for your videos they are a huge help.

  3. Thank you! I just experienced my second false alarm. It definitely helped me out control it. I went to the ER twice this past week and they told me i had to relax and breathe .. but your video definitely helped me control it. 🙏🏼 thank you

  4. I swear it's true I learn it alone with my experience with panic attacks for 1 year now and after watching this video I feel like I'm a scientist haha because I learn it in a difficult way by experience and with time I see this video now because I have it yesterday and it didn't get over me like before

  5. What about if you have been on benzos for over 30 years and going through tolerance withdrawal and have panic? Benzos make PD 30X worse. Never takes meds like xanax, klonopin, and ativan for long-term management.

  6. Im so happy this video been diagnosed with anxiety attack. And to think that anxiety wont make you go crazy . this video is so positive . thank you very much!

  7. Hey all. My specific symptoms were strong muscle cramps especially in the ribs, tingling, my face and hands would seize/cramp up and my feet would do the same. It plagued me for 6 months and got worse every month as I became more fearful and added more places/things/people to the places I would avoid. Last week I signed up for Michael Norman's series and finally got the courage to try what he is suggesting and I'm positive I just kicked this issue for good, thanks to a very practical technique he proscribes. I don't want to undercut his livelyhood/business so I'm not going to say exactly which technique/how but all I can say is his series is a blessing and healing from The Lord, and everyone needs to go through the program if you have anxiety, panic, or the symptoms I explain above (which took me months to diagnose – I tried everything first).

  8. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, this was beyond helpful, I had no idea what to do or where to turn having experienced panic attacks more frequently, this has helped massively in identifying why I feel the way I do, what I can do to help and how I can prevent it happening again

  9. Yes the paradoxical approach definitely worked for me yesterday!
    I just let myself feel the rapid thumping of my heart and thoughts go in and out of my head and let the tingling build up in my hands and feet; and then i try tell my brain to make these feelings stronger, and strangely enough it causes them to go down. I felt so scared before, but now I feel more in control of my mind and body.
    The strange thing about anxiety is, it comes out of nowhere. Idk what triggers it at times, but just allowing myself to feel it for a dreadful few moments, and then telling my mind to make it worse, helped to normalize me again and feel sane. So, thank you for the video! <333

  10. Thank you! I'm 11 and i'm scared. I hate feeling scared, and i have anxiety. But this video helped me
    Feel a bit better.

    I appriciate it! 😀

  11. I used to be much worse with anxiety, panic attacks and avoidance behaviour. These techniques are slowly but surely, becoming a game changer for me. It takes a combination of techniques, to help me the most, but it always eventually, does the job!

  12. Thanks for sharing such a useful video… i have watched a number of videos to overcome my panic attacks, which are terrible😓
    i am a 27 yr old mother who is currently suffering from panic attack and anxiety. I hope i will get recover soon with your idea of accepting the attacks. I thankyou from the bottom of my heart. All the best for all who r trying to overcome panic attacks. May Almighty help us to get out of this worst experience🙏🏻

  13. Look at this guy :)…listen to every single of his word :)….he made me smile…he calm me down….may god bless you 🙂

  14. Really grateful I came across your video! I was rushed on the ER last month and thought that I am sick but all the lab results tell me otherwise. I got my panic attack thinking that I am sick due to crash dieting. Now I am 100% aware that I am not sick but ever since then I started having attack out of nowhere. I learned a lot from your video and would like to learn more. I am here because I wanna stop having attacks, and I think stressing myself to fight my anxiety just really make It worse. The counter-intuitive technique really does work for me. Thank you so much for this video! You are such a blessing from God!

  15. I appreciate this video so much because I recently suffered from the disorder. And it isn’t a good feeling at all. Thank you so much for this

  16. Great video! I have a question , how about wirh someone who deals with chronic pain that leads to anxiety and stress. The Chronic pain scares me Bciz I fear living in pain for the rest of my life.

  17. Wow this is so helpful
    Thank you very very much
    I already feel better by learning how panic attack works ,
    Thank you for sharing

  18. Thanks for your video! Your point that Words matter gave me a new perspective. I am quite stubborn, lol… so I am double impressed. Good on ya!

  19. So very helpful thank you so much. I've had many this week and this video was by far the most helpful I feel a lot better now.

  20. How is it possible to have you in our country in our festival, to have some presentation to encourage our audience, especially those with panic and anxiety episodes, to try panic free tv? We are having our Live Green LoveLife Wellbeing Fest, conference and expo on November here in Manila City, Philippines.

  21. Omg!!!! I instantly calmed down once it was explained to me what's happening I love this video!!! Thank you

  22. Loved this video. I specifically have panic attacks while driving and it is so debilitating. Any recommendations?

  23. Thank you for helping me take the shame and embarrassment away from how I have been feeling. This has really been an eye opener. I believe life can and will get brighter.

  24. To Everyone watching this video….. I pray Jesus be with you all…, the Bible says, 'do not be anxious about anything' so i really hope that everyone be healed through him 🙏 this video helped me a lot., let us help each other and pray for each other because only 'We' understand each other

  25. Dude this video is helping sooo much thank you so much just your voice is calming you are awesome and I really do appreciate it thanks so much

    But what the heck happened at 5:19

  26. Thank you so much. You have helped me more in this one video than years of therapy and medication. I will never call them panic attacks again.

  27. One of best things ive ever listened too your brilliant. Best thingbive ever saw to help me , thankyou so much. I want to learn more. So impressed by you.

  28. Great video, thank you! I was just getting past an anxiety episode and you helped me get over it quickly. What you said makes great sense. I suffered the first and worst panic episode recently. Pulled off the road and Paramedics were called by a bystander. It was horrible. After a few minutes laying on the ground, my muscles, face snd hands cramping and thinking i was going to die, the paramedic helped me concentrate on my breathing. It slowly went away. Now I get anxiety to drive but control it with very low levels of xanax. But I don’t want meds and want to get back to my normal self soon. Your words help immensely. Subscribed!

  29. Wow.Your video is so helpful.Your breakdown of the panic cycle is what people with anxiety need to realize.😅

  30. I have had severe anxiety for over 9 years, and this is a beautiful video. I love your energy, you are clearly meant for helping people in this world who are either sensitive, anxious, depressed , suicidal, etc. Thank you for bringing in such healing energy into this world. You have helped more people than you know, and may God bless you to have the power and good health to keep up the good work.

  31. For the last 4 years i have been fighting with these panic attacks i have taken the drugs that have been prescribed by my doctors done yoga and meditations done breathing exercises but as soon as i leave my house my legs becomes heavy my heart rate increases & literary i am stuck at one place.thnk you so much for making this video from now on i would rather accept an panic attack than pushing it away.

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