Nearly all of us will have to deal with a panic attack at some point in our life, although nobody wishes to suffer from them. The trick to making sure that you aren't debilitated by these panic attacks is knowing how to properly treat them. A variety of factors will determine what sort of treatment is required for your panic attacks, and there are treatments varying from very simple to very complicated (such as medications). Keep on reading if you'd like to begin to take control of your anxiety attacks. We are going to talk about a few of them in this article.
The step that's most important when it comes selecting the right treatments for panic attacks is knowing just what triggers an attack. The best treatment for anxiety and panic attacks is sometimes to just avoid whatever is setting them off. For example, if you know that being around many people in a small place will set one off then just avoid crowded places. Don't live in an apartment that's high up if you're afraid of heights. There are lots of examples. Work with both your doctor and counselor to discover what the triggers are and how they can be avoided. Knowing what starts your panic attacks is essential to treating them properly. A lot of the time triggers are avoidable, but sometimes they're not. Identifying and acknowledging your fear of the trigger is what you'd need to do in this situation. This acknowledgement is usually enough to avoid a full blown panic attack from taking place. You might be able to avoid any anxiety altogether if you simply say to yourself "I know this is something that makes me nervous, but I will get through it fine". It is important to note that basic feelings of nervousness and anxiety are not the same as a full blown attack.
Learn how to take long deep breaths, even when you are scared. Proper breathing is very important and can help you stay calm enough to work through or even wait out your panic attack. So, learn how to take cleansing breaths and when the overwhelm begins, relax, shut your eyes, and breath properly. Hyperventilating is a problem for some people and they habitually have a small paper bag close at hand to breath into. In the event the panic feelings don't go away with deep breathing, sit down and place your head between your legs while you continue to do your breathing. Eventually the attack will pass.
No matter which panic attack treatments you decide to try, it is important to consult both a doctor and a therapist. Take a look at:
Your physical doctor will be able to figure out if you might have a hereditary or biological disorder, like Wilson's disease, that is causing your panic attacks. Your therapist will be able to help you identify and deal with any emotional and mental triggers that bring them on.