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 Published:  March 24, 2013 | Author: | Posted in Stress Management

With panic attacks being as scary as they are, there are many questions commonly asked about them On this page we’ll cover the top 5.

First, what is a panic attack? It is how your body responds to extreme mental stress. The mind feels that the horrible event you fear has already happened if you picture it or think about it enough. Even if something bad happened already, you will often blow it out of proportion and the same sorts of things will happen. Indicators include difficulties breathing and chest pain, perspiring, racing heart, clammy palms, tingling, dizziness or lightheadedness, and worry of impending doom. You won’t necessarily have all of these symptoms. A few are secondary symptoms. What I mean by this is that breathing problems, for example, can lead to dizziness or lightheadedness.

Next, what causes panic attacks? There are rarely physical problems that are leading to these attacks. By focusing on something worrisome, your body tenses. Focusing on such things regularly and intensely enough can lead to panic attacks. Some fears that lead to higher states of anxiety you are consciously aware of at the time, but the ones you live with day to day and aren’t the focus of the panic attack itself can also be contributing factors.

Third, what should you do throughout the panic attacks? If you realize you’re going to have one early enough, you can stop it before it hits you full force. Your thoughts are patterned, and once interrupted you won’t have to have the attack any more. To interrupt the pattern, do something completely out of the ordinary for the moment. You can laugh, make crazy noises or gestures, or find a way to embarrass yourself to stop it. Laughter is my favorite, but it often requires help, so keep access to funny comedians on your mp3 player or phone. Have fun making up your own. You may be hesitant to try the embarrassing options, but it is better than the alternative if they are necessary. You can’t be both fearful and embarrassed at the same time. But if you don’t catch it early enough, realize that no matter how bad it feels, you’ll be fine and it will be over soon.

Fourth, what can you do to prevent panic attacks? Panic attack prevention is a mixture of physical and mental readiness. When you eat, sleep, and exercise properly, you significantly reduce the stress on your mind and body. Some substances such as caffeine and alcohol can actually trigger attacks. These tricks alone will only lessen the frequency of them and give you more control over yourself. That can be critical. Gaining discipline as well as a positive outlook through a healthier body allows you to better face the underlying problems, which are your fears. Once you’ve overcome your primary day to day fears you will be done with panic attacks for good.

Fifth, what is your fastest treatment option? This depends on the individual. Some can rapidly overcome fears given the right help and tools, and that is a permanent solution. Pills are almost instant, but they should never be used as a complete solution. They merely mask symptoms and are not a cure. It is possible to have an anxiety attack while taking them, although it is much less common. If you don’t deal with the underlying problem you will always have to be on the pills. This will deal a blow to your overall health as well as your bank account. There is no comparison to the relief you’ll have and the self esteem you’ll gain when you know you’re okay walking around without help.

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