Dealing With A Panic Attack
Trying to find a solution for your panic attacks can seem like a never-ending hunt for a rare treasure. It many ways it is actually like that. After all there are various treatments and medications out there to choose from. This article contains some advice to help you “get a jump” on your hunt.
In order to control the number and intensity of your panic attacks it is important to share your feelings rather than keeping them bottled up inside. Talk to someone if they upset you as the stress from worrying about the situation can cause a panic attack.
If you live with someone who suffers from panic attacks, it’s important for you to know what to do to help that person during an attack. A panic attack can resemble a heart attack or other medical emergency, so it’s important to remain calm and make sure the person doesn’t need medical attention. If something in the surroundings triggered the attack, lead the person to another location. However, do not try to hold or restrain him. Talk to him reassuringly, but do not dismiss his fears or tell him that there’s nothing to worry about. Try to keep him moving or get him to breathe into a paper bag. Even if he doesn’t respond to your questioning, your presence will be enough to help him soon relax, as long as you remain calm and soothing.
Reduce hyperventilation through exercise. Hyperventilating will cause your panic attack to get worse, so you need to get it under control. Vigorous exercise, such as jogging or a brisk cardio workout, will counter the hyperventilation. Remember to breathe in and out of your nose while doing this. A regular exercise routine will also help to reduce stress levels, which can in turn, decrease the chance of panic attacks.
Never skip a meal if you are afflicted by panic attacks! The worst thing you can do is starve your body and set off your brain’s panic signals. If you don’t feel like eating you need to ask your body why, and if it’s an issue of not having time, ask yourself if you have time for a panic attack instead.
Find something that you can do that calms you down. Knitting, reading a book, even baking can be great hobbies you can do that will help you relax yourself when you feel a panic attack coming. These should be things you can do when you feel the panic attack starting to come about or when you’ve already started having a panic attack.
If you get a panic attack when you are driving, the best thing you can do is pull your car over the the side of the road and wait until the panic attack subsides. Staying on the road when driving could cause you to get into a car accident because your mind is not focused on driving.
While the hunt for an effective panic attack treatment can seem almost never-ending, you can persevere. There is an end to the hunt; you just have to keep trying to find something that works with you and your condition. Through the advice of a physician and this article, you can find the “treasure” that will help you.