Tips to Help Your Next Panic Attack

By DeanRaymond on January 21, 2011 In Health and Beauty

Panic attacks are abrupt phases of fear and severe anxiety that begin for no apparent reason. For those who suffer them, they can be extremely troublesome. Symptoms of an attack might include:

Shortness of breath
Chest pain (tightening in the chest)
Heart palpitations
Hot flashes, cold flashes, or burning sensations (more often in the face or neck)
Feeling of apprehension

Because the symptoms of a panic attack can mimic the symptoms of a heart attack, the sufferer might react with alarm, which in turn could result in increased anxiety. Many sufferers seek medical treatment while experiencing a panic attack.

It is a common misconception that panic attacks are associated with mental disorder; when, in truth, most people will experience at least one panic attack during their lifetime. Because of their sudden nature, panic attacks are highly distinguishable from other forms of anxiety and can be brought on by any number of causes, including:

Prescription drug interactions and side effects
Chronic or serious illness
Situational and environmental stress
Drug and alcohol withdrawal syndrome

Many people that suffer from panic attacks have been successful at controlling them using the following approaches:

Breathing slowly through the nose and focusing on exhaling slowly
Anti-anxiety medication therapy, as prescribed by their physician
Focusing on the present during the attack
Acknowledging that it is in fact a panic attack
Riding the symptoms out, rather than trying to control them
Sleeping it off, or just lying down

More often than not, a panic attack can be controlled by finding the relaxation technique that works best.

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