Panic attacks may be debilitating, but the good news is there is panic attacks treatment. Treatments for panic attacks may fall under the following categories:
Self-help or Home Care Remedies for Panic Attacks Treatment
Self-help or home care remedies are most appropriate if the panic attacks symptoms are not associated with a medical illness or the symptoms do not greatly affect normal day to day activity. These guides are also follow-up care after or while getting a medication or a therapy.
Know about Panic Attacks. As they say, knowledge is power. Thus knowing about the nature and causes of panic attacks will help you become aware of what to do and what to avoid. Read out case studies and testimonials of panic attack sufferers who were successful in overcoming this disorder. Seek out support groups in the local community or online. These organizations are ready to offer information, advice and even sympathy.
Practice Relaxation Techniques. At the onset of a panic attack, relaxation exercises can control the symptoms to escalate and reach its peak. Breathing exercises are done to control hyperventilation. Mind relaxation techniques are used to calm your self and to suppress fear. Yoga, meditation and progressive muscle relaxation, if done regularly, not only ease the mind and relax the body but these exercises promote a balanced and stress-free sense of being.
Avoid alcohol, caffeine, smoking and illicit drugs. The substances found in these drinks, drugs and cigarettes cause hyperactivity that may trigger a panic attack. Also excessive amount of sugar in cola, chocolate and tea may stimulate an attack.
Eat a proper and balanced diet. A common sense advice but disregarded by most. A balanced diet of course promotes a healthy being and a healthy mind. For one experiencing panic attacks, it is advisable to enrich your diet with vitamin B because this nutrient is essential to the nervous system. Vitamin B nutrients including thiamin, vitamin B12 and Niacin strengthens the system making it resistant to the effects of panic attacks.
Exercise reularly. I find when I workout regularly, that I have fewer anxiety tendencies. This along doesnt eliminate panic attacks, but it reduces their frequency for me.
Panic attacks usually occur instantly and die down without medication or therapy. In truth, health professionals may not even prescribe medicines especially if the symptoms are purely psychological and not related to an emergency medical condition. But if worrisome symptoms start to manifest or the attack becomes chronic, it’s time to seek professional treatment and therapy. Diagnosis of panic attack symptoms may even suggest a further evaluation by a mental-health professional to check for other underlying mental health illness anxiety disorders, depression, or panic disorder that require different treatments.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT. As explained by the National Association of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapists, CBT is based on the Cognitive Model of Emotional Response. In other words our behavior and feelings are not caused by external stimuli like people, situations, and events but are products of our own thoughts.
Thus, panic attack treatments under this category use mental exercises to stop the thinking patterns that trigger the attacks. Licensed psychologists, trained counselors and therapist conduct the procedure. To most people, this form of treatment is viewed as the most effective.
Medication for Panic Attacks Treatment
Synthetic drugs can control some symptoms of panic attacks especially in severe cases. A number of trusted brands categorized into antidepressants and anti-anxiety drugs are available. Some drugs prescribed are:
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs): sertraline (Zoloft), fluoxetine(Prozac), paroxetine(Paxil), citalopram (Celexa), escitalopram (Lexapro), fluvoxamine (Luvox)
Selective serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SSNRIs): duloxetine (Cymbalta), venlafaxine (Effexor)
Benzodiazepine: Diazepam (valium) , Lorazepam (Ativan)
Results of clinical trials indicated that SSRIs can reduce the frequency of panic attacks up to 75%-85%. However, SSRIs or antidepressants don’t give an immediate relief. To be effective, these medications are taken not just during the attack but must be taken once a day continuously for three to six weeks.
On the other hand, Benzodiazepines or anti-anxiety drugs promise a quick relief. If administered during the attack, symptoms are eliminated in less than 30 minutes or an hour. A word of caution though, this kind of drugs are highly addictive and may pose serious withdrawal symptoms.
As practiced, medication is combined with other treatments such as CBT or self-help techniques. Taking medication alone is considered by many as ineffective treatment for panic attacks unless coupled with some lifestyle change or mind and behavior pattern shift.
Meditation and/or Hypnosis
Meditation and hypnosis are my preferred method for treating panic attacks, especially hypnosis audios. I used to get severe anxiety and panic attacks flying and public speaking. I cant say I dont get nervous flying or public speaking, but I do it (I used to never fly and avoided public speaking whenever possible).
Is meditation and/or hypnosis for you?
Youll never know until you try it. I hesitated and resisted for a long time, but kept reading how effective meditation and hypnosis was for treating anxiety-related conditions. I finally gave meditation a try, but struggled with lack of direction. Thats when I found hypnosis audios, which are very directed and not that long.
I found these MP3 hypnosis programs each being about 20 minutes long. There are many to choose from addressing all kinds of anxiety and panic attacks circumstances.
I like the hypnosis more because you can choose an audio that addresses specific conditions (i.e. fear of flying and public speaking plus so much more). Its like meditation, but more directed and focused. Dont worry, you wont end up in a permanent trance.
I also found starting with hypnosis MP3s a good starting practice to establish a meditation practice. Jumping into meditation is very difficult. I struggled a lot. The hypnosis MP3s made it easier to learn and practice sitting for more than 15 minutes.