How to Help Panic Attacks
By Dr. Phil Bilas from http://www.AnxietyPanicAttacksMD.com
A sudden feeling of dread and fear is called a panic attack. Nausea,
dizziness and shortness of breath are its main characteristics. A person
who is experiencing a panic attack may feel a feeling of going crazy and
they may feel like they are dying. Panic attacks can be treated in several
ways. Normally, doctors treat panic attacks through cognitive behavior
therapy or medication.
The physicians may prescribe anti-anxiety
medications or antidepressants to the
patients in order to deal with panic attacks.
For several weeks, one should take
antidepressants to see their effect. During a
panic attack, one can take anti-anxiety
medications like benzodiazepines. A person
can get rid of the symptoms quickly as they
are very fast acting. However, addiction and
withdrawal symptoms may occur for some
people if they take anti-anxiety medicine in excess.
Cognitive behavior therapy is the most effective method to deal with panic
attacks. How patients should change their thinking behaviors or patterns
which cause panic attacks which are taught by this therapy. Exposure
therapy is another useful method to deal with panic attacks.
In this kind of treatment a safe environment is created for the patient where
he or she is encouraged to replicate the physical sensation of the panic
attack. For example, the doctor may ask the patient to shake their head
side to side, hyperventilate or may ask him/her to hold the breath. So while
dealing with the fear in a controlled setting, patients are able to deal with it
in a healthier way.
There are various reasons that can cause panic attacks among people.
Panic attacks can be caused due to major changes in a person’s life, family
history related to panic attacks or some medical conditions. Panic attacks
can also get triggered due to serious stresses in life such as loss of a job,
death in a family, or divorce.
Shortness of breath, numbness, physical detachment from the
surroundings, nausea, dizziness, sweating, and chest pain, hot or cold
flashes can be caused by panic attacks. A feeling of dying may also be
experienced if a person is suffering from a panic attack. A person suffering
from a panic attack may also think that he/she is experiencing a heart
There is no particular time for a panic attack, it can occur any time while a
person is sleeping, driving, working, shopping, sitting on a sofa or just
preparing for some presentation. The time for which a majority of panic
attacks can last is 20 to 30 minutes. However, a panic attack can last for an
hour but it happens in rare cases.
Natural methods can also be tried in the treatment of panic attacks while a
person is undergoing a treatment from the doctor. People can do some
research on the topic and can read about the disorder so that they can
learn how to deal with the problem of panic attacks. In order to deal with
anxiety and stress, some relaxation techniques can also be learned by
The other two ways by which panic
attacks can be treated are by avoiding
smoking and avoiding caffeine. Patients
can also learn to control their breath as
this method can help them to avoid
hyperventilating whenever there are
symptoms of panic attacks. If the panic
attack sufferers learn deep breathing
techniques then they can remain calm
instead of suffering due to the symptoms
of the attack.