A Remedy for Panic Attacks - When Discouraged Is a remedy for panic attacks available? Panic attacks may vary in severity, frequency and length, but they generally feel about as much fun as a heart attack. And sometimes they just won't go away. A magic pill to make them go away would be welcome. Of course there are times when one does get the right drug or uses the right cure very soon after the attacks begin. On the far side are those who seem to have tried just about everything, but with little results. A string of drugs proves more trouble than the bunch are worth. Other angles of attacking the attacks all amount to something of a disappointment. And the panic attacks keep coming. Or they come back after going away for a time. One naturally becomes discouraged or even depressed. But the panic forces one to keep trying or to take drastic measures, like confining oneself to a home. Probably one has not tried enough things or worked long and hard enough at what one has tried in order to make a significant difference. Or a little success has come, just not enough. One hovers in the vulnerable range. The only remedy is to keep trying until reaching a break through. Guidance or professional advice may be invaluable, moderately valuable, or the professional may be stumped. Or the professional may be unable to change in the patient what s/he thinks necessary for success. In such entrenched cases (not all are so difficult), probably either the cause is unusual or the causes are confusing or difficult to get rid of. For one person, nothing really helped until magnesium supplements were tried--a rare circumstance at least in its extreme. Others face some combination of a troubled past, allergens, chronic stresses, drug abuse, a chain of suboptimal attitudes and responses, and a sensitive personality. Or whatever. Seldom are emotions simple. Targeting the cause(s) is often helpful, but finding causes may be difficult (or easy, as the case may be). Treating symptoms may be easy, but if they leave the causes in place, often the attacks can only be restrained rather than cured. The best approach to such difficult cases logically is fourfold: (1) keeping a journal, (2) research, (3) trial and error, and (4) measuring progress. 1) A goal of journaling or diary keeping is to track anxiety levels while hopefully matching anxiety to environments, foods, drinks, social circumstances, sleep patterns, and anything else that might exacerbate or ameliorate anxiety. What helps and what hinders? Is one getting better or getting worse over time? Are there cycles? Under what circumstances does one get better or worse? Is there a pattern? Granted, in some cases a trauma obviously started it all, and one cannot undo the past. But one can develop skills to cope with or overcome the past, and there may be hidden antecedents that contributed to one's reaction to the trauma. 2) Find out what has helped others with similar panic attack problems. Jot down a list of possible treatments, research each as you are able, consult with your doctor (especially if the treatment is prescribed or might have an effect on the prescribed treatment). Put in order of priority in your judgment. Other than drugs, what of herbs like Lemon Balm, amino acids like GABA and tryptophan, controlled nasal and abdominal breathing, physical exercise, positive affirmations, emotion freeing technique, relaxation techniques, exposure therapy (facing fears), forgiving others, and arranging lifestyle for less stress? 3) Starting with what you think is the most promising remedy or set of approaches, go through your list. Keep trying. In conjunction with a journal, record the results, possibly on a scale of anxiety like HAMA. If something proves not to be effective or is counterproductive, move on to the next in the list. Add to the list as you find new possibilities. 4) If any remedy or set of circumstances seems helpful or promising, take special note. Remember your successes. Write them down, and if possible, repeat them, even if they are small successes. Let your psyche feel progress. Reinforce what works.
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