Managing Panic Attacks - Tips On How To Build Confidence
By Paris Lee
It is crucial for sufferers of social anxiety disorder or social phobia to be managing panic attacks
appropriately. People with this disorder experience intense nervousness and fear during social situations
like public speaking, dating, performance or even at a simple social gathering.
People with social phobia are afraid to be scrutinized by others and are usually concerned that they will
do something stupid or embarrassing. This excessive fear of being humiliated in front of many people can
trigger panic attacks. This can be terrifying because sometimes the sufferer thinks that he has a heart
attack or that he might die. Besides panic attacks, a person with social phobia also experiences excessive
blushing, tense muscle, nausea, stuttering or high blood pressure. As much as possible, people with social
phobia will try to avoid situations where they perceive could cause them embarrassment. They tend to be
non-assertive, have low self-esteem and in severe situations are anti-social.
Medications are available for managing panic attacks and social phobia. However, these medicines
merely minimize the symptoms and only work temporarily rather than cure the condition. Some even
have side effects that could further affect your health negatively. The best way to treat social phobia and
ultimately eliminate or manage panic attacks is exposure therapy. This will help you to overcome the
anxiety on your own.
The first step you will need to do is to identify what the root of your social phobia is. If you lack self-
esteem or confidence on yourself, then you may need to build confidence. Social skills can be developed.
You could ask help from a support group or professionals. Self-confidence is accepting that you are not
perfect and making mistakes are okay. Once you accept the fact, you will not feel inferior when compared
to others. If you are also experiencing panic attacks because of your social phobia, it is also helpful if you
can remind yourself that it is not life threatening and it only lasts a few minutes. If you suddenly
experience an attack, try to distract yourself by counting or talking to someone.
One treatment that is widely used to treat panic attacks caused by anxiety is cognitive behavioral therapy
(CBT) techniques. The principle used is based on the fact that what you imagine or think can influence
how you feel, thus affecting how you act or respond to situations. Therapists prefer this program because
it is very structured and time consuming. CBT will help you to manage panic attacks and anxiety by using
different methods including workouts to help you relax. Instead of avoiding situations that could trigger
your panic attack, this therapy helps you to face those situations whether it is social or emotional anxiety
that is causing it.
A CBT program that is available in the form of self-help e-books and CD is Panic Away, which talks
about the One Move technique. You can also learn about this therapy from professionals and
psychotherapists. CBT programs work if you are willing to do your homework by applying all the
techniques it recommends for managing panic attacks. Persistence is also the key.
Do you want more information on managing panic attacks fast and effectively, using a natural and
powerful program called Panic Away by Joe Barry? To find out more, watch this video at
http://www.preventing-panicattacks.com . You may also like to read more about the signs of a panic