Every day people face stressful situations, tensions and problems that seem unsolvable. Over the years, fear and stress accumulate and comes to the surface when least expected.
They are then manifested as health and psychological problems. A person is overwhelmed with intense fear, feels anxious with tingling sensations all over the body and becomes pessimistic and unwilling to solve the problems. Besides these psychological disorders, a person also experience physical and health problems. Accelerating heartbeat, sweating, upset stomach, shortness of breath, feeling weak and dizzy can all indicate that a person has had a panic attack. Panic attacks are common psychological disorders afflicting almost anyone during some period of their lifetime.
Panic attacks approximately last for 15 or 20 minutes, but sometimes an hour or more typically three or four times a week. If these attacks appear more often and are intense it is the harder case that has to be treated medically. A person is afflicted suddenly and usually attacks are so intense that a person attributes them to a heart attack or a nervous breakdown. There are some advice on how to behave in the event of panic attacks.
Many psychiatrists and neurologists suggest breathing in some pleasant aroma which can ease fears and anxieties. These aromas may get one back to his or her childhood evoking happy and careless moments. A lot of people use baby powders, but also smell of home-baked cake turned out to be effective. Smell of flowers, fresh air, salt air are agreeable to the senses so a person can find himself relaxed and less tense.
During panic attacks, a sudden rush of adrenaline makes people tremble and feel confused which is why it is good to be active and not sit. Running, walking or any kind of exercise can be helpful. Research has revealed that people who do regular exercise will overcome panic attacks better than passive people.
Heavy and shallow breathing makes it hard to calm down. Gasping should be replaced by deep and slow breathing. Breathing deeply helps diaphragm relax.
A good massage is recommended. The neck, throat and back become tense during attacks so rubbing in an aroma oil and slight massaging helps relieve tension and alleviate fears.
To take one's mind off the fear, anxiety and all other panic attack problems, specialists suggest trying to think of something else. To keep one's mind busy, counting from 1 to 100 or backwards, counting the lines, dots or focusing on wall patterns have proven to soothe the person's attack.
A person should always keep in mind that panic attack phase will pass quickly and that nothing bad will help. No matter how upsetting and frightening it may look, all these bodily reactions do not indicate a heart attack or any other serious health condition.
Many people associate attacks with certain situations and objects and try to avoid them as much possible during panic attacks. Eventually this results in irrational fears, phobias which may be even worse than these panic attacks. Running away from fears is not helpful.
Caffeine can trigger panic attacks so it is advisable to reduce the intake of soda, coffee, tea and chocolate.