Don’t Ignore Your Panic Attacks: Seek Treatment

by on December 11, 2014

Treating Your PanicA panic attack can affect your body and your mind. It can convince you that you are going crazy, losing control, or even dying. The truth is, despite how uncomfortable a panic attack feels, it is not a threat to your life or sanity.

What panic attacks do threaten is your peace of mind. Panic attacks can be debilitating; they cause you to feel anxiety, because you constantly feel worried about when another attack will occur.

WHO IS AFFECTED BY PANIC ATTACKS?

Anyone can have a panic attack, even a child. People who have experienced trauma, such as people who have served in the military, are one population that may be especially vulnerable to attacks. Panic attacks do not usually start to occur at the time of the trauma, but some time after it occurs. For example, a person may be involved in a major car accident and simply feel shocked or upset at the time.  The person may start experiencing panic attacks long after the event without realizing why he or she suddenly feels the sudden bouts of anxiety.

WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT PANIC ATTACKS?

Recovering from frequent panic attacks can be difficult, especially if you are unaware of the resources available to those who suffer from panic. It is important to prioritize our recovery from panic attacks; without treatment, they can lead to other anxiety disorders and negatively affect your quality of life.

A UK site recommends the following treatments:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), which can include cognitive, behavioral, or a combination of the two
  • Medications such as antidepressants
  • A combination of CBT and medications

According to the site, many people benefit from the combination of CBT and drug therapy. A licensed psychiatrist who is familiar with your symptoms and your individual needs can help you to determine which form of treatment is best for you.

The Military Times site  suggests that you may benefit from basic self-treatment methods if you have infrequent attacks, Learning deep breathing exercises and other relaxation techniques can help you to feel more in control, teach you to achieve a calm and balanced state, and improve your overall sense of well-being. Taking up yoga, for instance, can help you to do all these things and make you more physically fit. Similarly, you can also use meditation to relax  and gain better control of your thoughts and your anxiety. In some cases, this can prevent an attack or make it less stressful.

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