Panic Attack Treatment

Panic Attack Treatment

Traditionally, treatment for panic attacks, and particularly panic disorders, involved medication and sessions with a psychiatrist or psychologist.

Medication would typically include prescribed anti-depressants (most commonly SSRIs [1], short for selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) and, depending on the severity of the case, sedatives (Xanax or Revitrol, for example) are often provided as an accompaniment to easy anxiety.

These treatments (that rely on anti-depressants) operate on the belief that panic attacks are caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain [2] and allow the anti-depressants to ‘correct’ this imbalance, while sedatives suppress the sufferer’s typical responses to anxiety – dulling their senses, in effect.

These treatment options, however, have often been criticised and proven to be ineffective, often causing the patient to become dependent on the prescribed medication in the process. The dependency, and possible negative effects, of prescription medication is even thought to be a more troublesome long term issue than the panic attacks themselves.

In addition to this, these methods generally only treat the symptoms of anxiety disorders and panic attacks.

The only way to treat any condition – whether psychological or physical – is to discover and treat the root cause of the problem. In this case allowing sufferers to permanently conquer their anxiety, and return to a normal, everyday life.

The approach The Health Organization recommends is completely natural and while we recognize the importance of medical consultation (to rule out any possible health problems), you should know that medical intervention is not your only option, nor the most effective treatment in many cases.

People who suffer from panic attacks can free themselves from their anxiety by following a few simple instructions. Although simple, the method has helped many long term sufferer put an end to their disorder in as little as a day.

Below is a brief summary on how to end panic attacks. If this information is not enough, we strongly recommend a more thorough program or guide (please see below or click here).

The goal of this process is to help you observe and understand the fear and anxiety that comes with panic attacks. By understanding how your anxiety works, you can begin to break the cycle of fear, and defeat it.

How to stop panic attacks naturally

The first and foremost thing to remember is that panic attacks and panic disorders begin from fear and feed on fear.

When your body is in a sensitized state, for example, (please see panic attack causes) and you feel an uncomfortable or abnormal bodily function or symptom (a cramp in your chest or palpitation for example), you begin to fear it.

The moment you begin to fear, is the moment that your body begins to release adrenaline and further symptoms begin to develop.

While having a panic attack may be an extremely uncomfortable experience, it is important to remember that they are in almost all cases harmless and natural. It is highly recommended that you get a physical check-up from your doctor first – this will not only ensure that you do not have any other underlying conditions, but it will also give you piece of mind; something that is highly important for the process to work.

Since fear is what causes a full blown panic attack, the key is not to fear your symptoms. This may sound ridiculous to those suffering from severe episodes, but it is effective nonetheless; because when you genuinely do not fear your symptoms, your body will not release adrenaline and your symptoms will not amount to anything (i.e. your heart will not begin racing, blood will not move to your muscles causing tingling sensations or hot and cold flushes, etc.).

The method can take a bit of practise and it requires complete trust in your body no matter how scary your symptoms may seem.

It is also important to note that while this method will allow you to avoid having full blown panic attacks, it will not stop you from having further symptoms.

In order to stop having any symptoms, you must allow your body and/or mind to replenish itself in any areas that it has become exhausted in – assuming your symptoms are caused by physical, mental or emotional exhaustion. This requires finding out what causes the exhaustion in the first place and putting an end to it.

For example, if your cause of exhaustion is from lack of sleep, from being bullied at work or from financial stress, you will need to correct this cause (or learn to manage it appropriately) before your symptoms will begin to go away. Another common cause of exhaustion is simply from anxiety that comes from fear of having another panic attack (panic disorder), and it can take many weeks of adequate rest to make your symptoms stop completely and the cycle to be fully broken.

In some cases the cause of abnormal sensations such as numbness, tingling, spasms and cramps in your chest area, neck or arms can be caused by a subluxated rib or a misaligned vertebrae (see panic attack causes), and while having these sensations can be a cause for concern and need to be treated, you can still prevent panic attacks by using the information above.

Understandably this information may not be thorough enough for some – for a complete and thorough guide that comes highly recommended, have a look at the Panic Away program. It has a success rate of over 96% and is sure to put an end to your panic attacks and panic disorder permanently.

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2. – National Alliance on Mental Illness

Resources: – Panic Disorders