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About Panic Attacks

Panic attacks are a mental condition affecting both children and adults. It is estimated that about 20 millions of people living in America experienced this condition at least once in their life. Medications can relieve the problems associated with panic or anxiety attacks, but there are some adverse effects that follow each and every drug used to treat this condition. As yet another unwanted effect, all these medications have a tendency to develop addiction in people using them. Being costly and with all these potential harms for the body, no wander that many panic attack patients choose counseling as their preferred treatment.

Panic Attack Treatments without Drugs

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

Yoga and/or meditation are also worth of trying, because a number of people said their panic attacks subsided or vanished after they started their everyday practice. Yoga is an activity combining physical exercises, breathing techniques and meditation, making you focus on yourself and develop all parts of your body and mind. There are types of yoga and many teachers, find the one for you and start practicing.

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

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

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