Overcoming Panic Attacks is All in the Mind

 

It seems impossible to live life normally when one suffers from an anxiety disorder. However, overcoming panic attacks can be done if one only has faith in himself that he CAN stop anxiety attacks on his own.
 
By observing other people who have anxiety disorders, one could see that they tend to avoid other people, as well as avoid going out or travelling. The reason for this is that they fear triggering another panic attack.
 
Well, if you want to stop anxiety attacks, you had better learn to face your fears. And the good news about this is that there are many methods available today that can help you in overcoming panic attacks and freeing yourself from your invisible prison.
 
If you are thinking anti-anxiety drugs to do the trick, that is wrong. It is a perfectly natural course of action to consider, though. As human beings, we have become used to the medication method as a way to cure ourselves of any illness or malady.
 
For example, whenever we are confronted with a situation we are afraid of or unsure of, we become nervous and uncomfortable. But to those with anxiety disorders, these normal physiological and mental reactions are over amplified, and tend to go on overdrive. 
 
The result is a panic attack.
 
We normally reach for medicines then to combat these symptoms. We treat the symptoms, but fail to treat the real cause of the problem.
 
It is important to point out here that the prolonged intake of anti-anxiety drugs almost always have side effects, too. These side effects can range anywhere from weight gain to dizziness or nausea to more serious physical and mental conditions.
 
The key to overcoming panic attacks is to accept the fact that you have anxiety disorder, and that because you have this ailment, you would tend to perceive certain stimuli and situations as a threat to you.
 
By virtue of perceiving such a threat, your mind and body would then react to it in the manner that causes you to have a racing heartbeat, difficulty breathing, and sweating profusely.
 
All that are just symptoms, and taking drugs to combat them misses the real culprit of your ailment—fear.
 
If you want to stop anxiety attacks effectively, you have to learn to combat the fear. Accept that all the other reactions (sweating, nausea, increased heartbeat, etc.) are just by-products of the real problem.
 
Once you are able to do that, you can then start training your mind not to panic whenever you start palpitating or breathing hard.
 
Overcoming panic attacks is all in the mind. That is why if you want to stop anxiety attacks altogether, you do not need drugs. You just need some understanding of what anxiety is and some will power.
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The Easy Way to Cure Anxiety Attacks

 

To cure anxiety attacks is to first find out what causes it. 
 
Sadly, many who want to stop anxiety attacks today do not know what it’s all about, and thus, have no idea what to do… except maybe take medicines for it.
 
Since man discovered drugs, he tended to use it for every condition he faced. He always resorted to medications whenever he wanted to find a cure for his illness or disease.
 
Medications are good, useful, beneficial, but drugs themselves are harmful when not put to the right use. One could become dependent on them, or worse, abuse them. 
 
However, to cure anxiety attacks, one can go about it without having to rely on the aid of medication.
 
That is a fact; all you need to do is find the correct information and ways to stop anxiety attacks that will work, and you will have control over your life.
 
What matters in how to cure anxiety attacks is that one must approach it on a step by step basis, knowing the rudiments of what happens during an attack will give up clues and help you come up with an exact method to take it on.
 
Take for example the symptoms of panic attacks. To the sufferer, these symptoms seem to be the most important things. But as a matter of fact, they don’t really count. 
 
Symptoms are just the body’s way of letting you know you are feeling anxious, and they are merely physical sensations. 
 
When one undergoes an anxiety attack, one seemingly could feel one’s own death approaching. And that can become very scary; but it is not fatal.
 
Symptoms that appear when anxious thoughts arise are no fun for the sufferer. But suddenly as they may appear, they can also go away as fast with the right mind set and a little training.
 
What is needed is not medication, but a simple understanding of how the symptoms of anxiety affect us and what causes anxiety itself.
 
People with anxiety disorders should realize that the power to stop anxiety attacks is already in them. All they have to do is to load up on information regarding anxiety so they may be able to understand it.
 
There are lots of free information on the net about anxiety and how to cure anxiety attacks. Sufferers need not have to pay hundreds and hundreds of dollars for treatment or medicines.
 
To deal with anxiety is no walk in the park, and people with anxiety disorders know this. To stop anxiety attacks and live life normally is what they want. 
 
As terrible as they seem, you can do without anxiety symptoms as long as you accept that these are only the products of your anxious thoughts and that they should not become a part of your daily life.  And with this you can make them go away and be able to cure anxiety attacks.
 
 
 
 
 
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You Don’t Have to Buy Mental Health Support

 

People with anxiety disorders want to stop anxiety attacks, but many refuse to seek panic attack treatment with a psychiatrist.

This is no surprise, though. The mere thought of seeing a psychiatrist may cause fear to those suffering from anxiety attacks.

Others only see a doctor when things seem unbearable already.  

If seeing a psychiatrist or doctor is next to impossible for people with anxiety disorders, it doesn’t mean they can never stop anxiety attacks. 

Panic attack treatment through mental health support can also be done without making that necessary visit to the doctor.

Finding the best support may be as close as the people close to you.

And for those close to you, not fully understanding and relating to what you are going through is not a problem—just a basic understanding and knowing of the fact that you are suffering and seeking panic attack treatment is enough.

What matters is that they realize they need to be supportive in your efforts to stop anxiety attacks.

But sometimes support can be measured only as to how much one has a grasp of one’s burden because no matter how much you explain the situation, some people just won’t be able to get it. This is beyond your control. 

Thus, it is important that you have friends or relatives or a special someone whom you can rely on to help encourage you to fight your condition.

They can do this by helping you find pertinent information on panic attack treatment or by merely being there to provide you company.

Once those close to you realize that the key to stop panic attacks is not really a magic pill given by a doctor, but hard work put in by those suffering from the condition, they will understand the role they will need to play.

On their own they might even research information on panic attack treatment or on the anxiety condition itself—just to understand it.

It is common knowledge that understanding brings comfort. If those close to you understand what you are going through, they will do everything they can not only to alleviate your suffering, but also take steps to help you stop panic attacks for good.

Mental health support does not have to be bought on a per hour basis.

Your relatives, friends or special someone could take on that role to help you stop panic attacks—and you don’t have to pay them.

The person who has anxiety disorder knows that understanding anxiety and what brings it on would help them tremendously in overcoming it.

That is why you, as someone who suffers from panic attacks, should take advantage of free information on the Internet regarding panic attack treatment and how to stop panic attacks on your own.

As you work towards curing yourself, you would need some mental health support along the way, and that is where your relatives or friends come in.

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Dealing with Anticipatory Attacks

 

Having panic anxiety disorder leaves you predisposed to panic attacks that you do not know when or where the next anxiety attack will strike.

As if this was not bad enough, people with panic anxiety disorder may also experience changes in their behavior and sink into depression. These changes can last a month or more depending on the sufferer.

Studies have shown that depression and other behavioral changes are mostly driven by the fear of having another anxiety attack.

By anticipating a panic attack to hit, the person suffering from panic anxiety disorder would unwittingly be working himself to have anticipatory attacks.

Anticipatory attacks occur when the sufferer worries so much about having another panic attack that he gets so stressed that he triggers a real attack.

A cycle would then be established with the person afflicted with panic anxiety disorder firmly trapped in it.

A step towards breaking this cycle is to identify the real attack from the anticipatory one.

To do this, one has to understand the symptoms of a panic attack. A panic attack usually manifests itself through shortness of breath, chest pains, numbness and tingling sensations, among others.

Unfortunately for the panic anxiety disorder sufferer, these very manifestations are the same with those of a more serious medical condition, like a heart attack.

Since nobody wants to die, the thought of having a heart attack and dying very soon after would be very terrifying. No one can be blamed if they panicked when experiencing these symptoms.

Thus, the person with panic anxiety disorder, when having a panic attack, mistakes it for a heart attack. This serves to aggravate the panic attack, making it more intense and lasting longer.

The fear of dying may also be so strong that spending hours and hours worrying and stressing about having another attack leads to an anticipatory attack. This cycle can go on and on that the sufferer may become depressed.

There must be intervention in order for panic anxiety disorder sufferers to get relief from, and hopefully overcome panic attacks.

However, sufferers can help themselves, too. By simply understanding the role stress and fear play in producing panic attacks, they can control the occurrence of anticipatory attacks and drastically lower the frequency of real attacks.

Panic anxiety disorder sufferers need not feel confused and helpless. Understanding the real cause of panic attacks by reading everything they can about the topic, like self-help books and informative articles can go a long way in helping them overcome their disorder for good.

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What NOT to do when Having a Panic Attack

 

Having a panic attack is one of the scariest experiences you can ever have. If you happen to suffer from an anxiety attack disorder, then you know you can have a panic attack any time. 
 
Since that is a fact you cannot escape from, it is important then that you keep yourself safe and in one piece when having a panic attack.
 
Often, people do not know what to do before or during an anxiety attack. This leads panic disorder sufferers to react in such an unsafe manner that they unknowingly put themselves in greater danger.
 
Can you imagine what would happen if you were having a panic attack while you were crossing a road or operating a motor vehicle or climbing a flight of stairs… and you reacted the wrong way?  
 
To prevent yourself from having an accident when a panic attack hits you, you should know what are the actions or behaviour you must avoid to remain safe.
 
Don’t forget, a panic or anxiety attack is actually just in the mind. It cannot harm you in reality. But falling down a flight of stairs because you panicked and lost your footing could.
 
To stay on the safe side, just follow the tips given below:
 
Do Not Resist
 
If you feel you are having a panic attack very soon, it is important not to resist or fight it. Fighting an anxiety attack with all your might would only serve to worsen it. That means you will feel its symptoms more intensely, and it would last longer than it should.
 
Do Not Scare Yourself 
 
When having a panic attack, never believe that you are dying or are losing control. If you honestly believe a panic attack would harm you, then you are unwittingly intensifying the terrible experience, which could cause you to totally freak out and meet an accident. 
 
What you should do when having an anxiety attack is ride it out. Just roll with the punches. And the whole time you are doing this, repeat to yourself the fact that nobody dies from a panic attack. The more you are able to do this, the lesser your fear becomes—and the weaker the attacks would get. 
 
Do Not Forget to Control your Breathing 
 
Many anxiety disorder sufferers tend to forget to control their breathing when having a panic attack. The result: thoracic breathing. This is the kind of breathing that you would like to avoid during an anxiety attack. 
 
Thoracic breathing is short, shallow breaths that could lead to hyperventilation, dizziness, confusion. Here, the levels of oxygen and carbon dioxide in your body go haywire. 
 
To prevent this, do deep and slowly breathing. Inhale deeply, and exhale slowly. This has a calming effect and would do wonders for you during a panic attack.
 
Do Not Be Alone
 
In case you do lose control, having someone there to hold you and control your movements could save you from potential accidents.
 
Remember, too, that a companion gives you comfort and the support you need at such a situation. His presence when you are having a panic attack could only be beneficial to you.
 
Anxiety attacks can strike from out of the blue. With this threat out there, it is important that you know what to do and what not to do. That way, you can survive an attack without making it any worse.  
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Vital Steps to End Panic Attacks

A panic attack does not strike from out of the blue. Most of the time, people having an anxiety attack episode can feel it coming. But like a freight train barreling down on them, they just seem helpless to stop it.

We emphasize the word “seem” in the paragraph above because you do not have to be helpless in the face of panic attack disorder. You can fight back.

When an anxiety attack occurs, you would feel intense, sudden and overwhelming feelings of fear, and deep anxiety that may result in terror and immobility.

And even though you may have experienced it a couple of times in the past, it is admitted that it would be hard to get a grip—especially if you do not understand what is happening and why it is happening to you.

So, you end up feeling helpless. But don’t you know that there are ways and means to counter such panic attacks, and maybe curb this paralyzing scenario?

The first thing you have to do in your quest to stand your ground against a panic attack is to identify the symptoms that’s aura to such anxiety attacks. These symptoms are the following:

-Increased breathing

-Strangling sensations

-Chest pains

-Feelings of throwing up and dizziness

-Butterflies in your stomach

-Fear of losing control

Frightening as they are, these symptoms don’t really pose that much of a danger to you. This occurs all because of a perceived threat.

An understanding of these symptoms and knowing that the effects of a panic attack cannot really cause you that much harm is a good start to combating this disorder.

Vital to all this is identifying the root causes of such attacks. They don’t just occur for no apparent reason or trigger.

Most likely the reasons are directly associated with stressors that you may have encountered in the course of your life. The triggers can be:

-Early childhood history of traumatic experiences

-Inherited traits of anxiety attacks

-Familial history of certain diseases, usually heart ailments

-Drug dependence, abuse and withdrawal

-Morbid fear of some things, objects, animals or situations

Most of those who suffer anxiety attacks usually cannot take the volume of stress as a result from the exposure and thus undergo such attacks.

Having a good understanding of the causes and determining the symptoms  and you may have a very good chance to end panic attacks for good.

First thing to put in mind is Avoidance. Do not put yourself in such a situation or in the face of an object of fear that may illicit such attacks. The following methods here may help you in putting an end to panic attacks:

- Deep breathing and relaxation techniques lets you keep control in the event of an attack.

- Therapies and counseling can be a little expensive, but they could be worth your time and money.

- Professional Therapist are there to help you identify the causes, figure the effects and teach you how to cope and bounce back from these attacks and prevent them from recurring.

- Medication may have side effects that may do more harm than good and should only be undertaken under strict medical supervision for extreme cases.

- Education. Understanding anxiety is actually the key to treating it.

Doing some self-help can do wonders for many persons suffering from panic attacks. Self-help can be through reading up about anxiety, and knowing what are the anti-anxiety self-help products and programs out there.

Help yourself now; read everything you can about anxiety. 

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