Medications May be the Best Treatment for Panic Attacks
A panic attack is brought about by encountering extreme fear, feeling helpless and uncontrollable. Panic attacks can happen for a short period of time ans pass quickly or they can linger and reoccur.
A panic attack may be characterized by a single symptom like shortness of breath. But it usually includes a wide variety of symptoms. You may experience palpitations, in which you feel your heart pounding very fast, resulting in chest pain, excess sweating that can dehydrate your body, and throat tightening and possibly even choking.
You may feel uneasy because of confusing sensations that you are experiencing, including nausea or feeling of dizziness and an impulse to vomit brought about by sickness in the stomach similar to indigestion, that you might want to relieve by going to the restroom. A combination of these symptoms can be considered a panic attack. After symptoms subside, the panic attack may leave you completely tired and weak, which is a natural characteristic of this condition.
People suffering from a panic attack experience different symptoms. It all depends on how each person reacts when encountering a particular stimuli or situation. Basically a person should point out a specific situation or stimuli that initiate the panic attack, to be able to know how to manage and avoid attacks when exposed with the same situation or stimuli.
Attempting to control symptoms without even knowing how to manage uncontrollable functions of the mind and body will be useless and impossible. In this case however, there are tips to follow to help you manage panic attacks.
The first thing that you need to be aware of is that panic attack, when it occurs, can scare you - with an intense fear that is unrelated to what you expect as reality. But actually symptoms of panic attack cannot do any harm to you, when you know how to handle this condition. Diaphragmatic breathing is an important way of controlling symptoms of panic attack like hyperventilation. It is breathing from the diaphragm and not chest breathing. Relaxation techniques must also be learned accompanied by breathing exercise to de-stress and calm your mind and body. In this technique, you will know how to deal with provoking situations that trigger the symptoms of panic attack and how to relax the muscles of the body. Seeking the aid of a cognitive behavioral therapist is another way of controlling the symptoms of panic attack. The therapist will teach you of ways to control the attacks by basically exposing you first to the situations that initiate the problem and gradually helping you to overcome the symptoms.
Medications can help control panic attack but side effects must be seriously considered. Meditation can provide better and longer lasting solutions and can be more beneficial and effective than other forms of treatment. If you know the proper techniques in controlling panic attacks you will hopefully be able to bring them under control a lot quicker and maybe even avoid them totally.