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About Panic Attacks

Panic attacks are a mental condition affecting both childrenand adults. It is estimated that about 20 millions of people living in Americaexperienced this condition at least once in their life. Medications can relievethe problems associated with panic or anxiety attacks, but there are someadverse effects that follow each and every drug used to treat this condition. Asyet another unwanted effect, all these medications have a tendency to developaddiction in people using them. Being costly and with all these potential harmsfor the body, no wander that many panic attack patients choose counseling astheir preferred treatment.

Panic Attack Treatments without Drugs

Cognitive behavioral therapy is one of the good ways to dealwith panic and anxiety attacks. Finding the licensed professional for thetherapy is very important and you should take some time to decide upon your therapist.

Yoga and/or meditation are also worth of trying, because anumber of people said their panic attacks subsided or vanished after theystarted their everyday practice. Yoga is an activity combining physicalexercises, breathing techniques and meditation, making you focus on yourselfand develop all parts of your body and mind. There are types of yoga and manyteachers, find the one for you and start practicing.

Even meditating, on your own can be beneficial for panicattacks. All you need is a resolution to meditate every day and confidence thatyou can do it. Find the information you need on the Internet, from the books ortelevision programs and start meditating every day, regardless what you aredoing that day or what has happened to you. Early in the morning or late atnight are believed to be the best times of the day for meditation. If you can’t orsimply don’t feel confident to practice on your own, you can always find ateacher or professional mediation trainer to help you. Perhaps someone of thepeople around you knows a good mediation teacher, ask them and find out. Word ofmouth is sometimes best reference for many trainers, including yoga and meditationinstructors.

Five-step technique can also be very useful for peopleexperiencing panic attacks. The first step is always to notice what exactly youare feeling. Write everything you feel on the paper, to recognize it in yournext panic attack. Then, step 2 is to slow your breathing, decreasingpossibility to experience sweating, hyperventilation or even fainting. Step 3is to diagnose the root cause of your panic, while step 4 recommends regular physicalactivity to improve your mental and physical health. Plenty of sleep is stepnumber 5, since people not having enough sleep at night are more likely todevelop anxiety or panic attack.

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