Anxiety – Panic Attacks

Panic Attacks

If you suffer from anxiety disorders, panic attacks may be part of your life. Even with the right treatment, many patients suffer from panic attacks. Although predicting when a panic attack will occur may be somewhat confusing, you can take steps to prepare for this panic attack to take back control of your life.

The first step to take control back is learning to breathe. When someone experiences a panic attack feel so overwhelmed that they forget to breathe correctly. Therefore, many doctors recommend the practice of safe breathing to help calm anyone who has a panic attack. In case you have experienced a panic attack in public, someone might have tried to get you to breathe into a paper bag. This may or may be a useful method for you, but you must know and practice breathing exercises before you panic. Make a plan – learn calming breathing techniques and practice at least twice a day.

Other relaxing exercises may also help your panic attacks. Of course, you might find it challenging to consider meditation when you experience a panic attack, but by learning this relaxation procedure, you can use some of the same soothing techniques that help you is meditation

Another way to prepare for a panic attack is to know your trigger. Do you have specific phobias? What is the excess stress of your fall? Do certain situations seem impossible to you? When you know what triggers a panic reaction, you can do your best to avoid or minimize this situation.

You also need to be prepared medically for panic attacks. When you go outside, bring an emergency contact list, which must include your doctor’s number, your local crisis hotline, and members of your support system. You can use this phone number yourself if you feel a panic attack starts, or someone else will quickly find this information in your wallet or wallet if you are unable to help yourself.

Also, carry a bag to help you feel comfortable and calm during a panic attack. An essential part of this bag is any medication that you might use, along with instructions to drink it.  This could include herbal teas, stuffed animals, religious objects, photographs, rubber bands to put on wrists, candy, hand cream, money, puzzle books, and anything that can help you relax, stimulate the brain, or distract. Remember, comfort is the key.

Panic attacks include a discrete period of fear or intense discomfort, in which four of the following symptoms appear suddenly and reach a peak within minutes.

 

Panic Attacks
Panic Attacks

Panic Attacks Symptoms

  • Palpitations, and accelerated heart rate
  • Trembling or shaking
  • Sweating
  • Feeling of choking
  • The sense of breathing or choking difficulty
  • Feeling dizzy, unsteady, lightheaded, or faint
  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Nausea or abdominal distress
  • Fear of losing control or going insane
  • Feelings of unreality
  • The sense of impending doom
  • Paresthesias (numbness or tingling sensations)
  • Chills or hot flashes

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