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"Proven Anxiety and Panic Attack Cures"

Updated on December 4, 2013

"It feels as though I am dying!"... Anxiety Attack victim

Much like a sudden, invisible invasion of chaos that pierces the mind, an anxiety attack is a dramatic, swift onslaught of maximum terror, fear and discomfort. Common symptoms occur with this extraordinarily traumatic condition:

  • Extreme sweating
  • Heart attack symptoms and pain
  • Feelings of needing to run away from the current situation
  • Uncontrollable, racing thoughts
  • Belief that one is dying
  • Overwhelming panic and anxiety
  • Breathing difficulty

The mounting pressures tied to job losses, financial problems and family issues contribute to a growing number of people suffering from extreme anxiety. Fortunately, many real treatments are available to anxiety attack victims, and understanding this condition is the first step to controlling its debilitating effects.

People who regularly experience anxiety attacks are always concerned over when the next attack may occur. This nagging fear negatively impacts the managing of normal, daily life obligations. An anxiety attack, though fleeting, feels as though life on planet Earth is coming to an end for the afflicted person.

A person prone to frequently occurring anxiety attacks, should have a plan of action when one occurs.

The First Step

Because anxiety attacks mimic heart attack symptoms, schedule a complete physical exam with your family doctor. Ruling out serious diseases gives a sense of release and calm. This action alone, may help control the frequency of anxiety attacks. If the physician hands you a clean bill of health, and the attacks continue, many other coping methods exist—nutritional supplements, for example, provide a natural, non-addictive approach path.

Many nutritionists believe increasing B vitamins and minerals such as calcium and magnesium calm the nervous system, squelching the number and intensity of anxiety or panic attacks.

Herbs such as St. John's Wort and Valerian Root provide a natural, calming effect. Valerian Root can be helpful for achieving relaxation and prompting a restful night's sleep, while St. John's Wort, when taken regularly, help balance your moods and may prevent anxiety attacks.

Keep in mind, the natural approach is not an instant cure; several weeks are needed for a positive result.

Support Groups

Joining some type of support group for kindred anxiety sufferers is the approach some people choose. Many people endure the pain of anxiety and panic attacks—many, many more than you may think. Because this condition is so prevalent, one should have no problem finding a support group.

For some, meeting with others afflicted with the same condition provides comforting, emotional support. Also, the diversity of people in the group may provide a successful method of coping with extreme anxiety.

These support groups are very helpful but most people will still need some one on one time with a trained therapist.

Therapy and Medication

Whatever alternative methods one chooses to treat anxiety attacks, the guidance of a doctor, psychiatrist, or therapist is a must for those suffering from overwhelming anxiety. Anxiety attacks are sometimes controlled with medication, though therapy is usually suggested as well.

The medications known as SSRIs are among the most commonly recommended for this condition, as these have been shown to reduce the frequency of anxiety attacks by more than 75%.

The fastest working medications are benzodiazepines, or tranquilizers. This medication family reduces high anxiety levels almost immediately. A tranquilizer type drug such as Valium will work much more quickly, which is why they're sometimes prescribed for patients with extreme symptoms.

Medication can make it less likely that you will experience a panic attack, and lessen the severity of the symptoms, but the negatives may overcome the positives. For example:

  • Physical addiction occurs if used for long time periods
  • Mental addiction to the medication or medications may also be lurking… (a much more difficult addiction to cure)
  • Side effects can be restrictive—drowsiness may limit or prohibit driving a car, for example

Even though it's tough to admit the need for help, many people will not go to a medical professional for treatment of their panic attacks. This unfortunate decision can impose harmful long term consequences, as anxiety attacks are not something you can simply ignore and expect to magically disappear.

America's Mental Health Crisis

Closely tied in with extremely high numbers of people suffering with anxiety issues amping up to anxiety attacks, is the lack of resources for people afflicted with mental health issues. Even If mental health facilities are readily available, most people living with anxiety attacks cannot afford the provided, professional care. These people have lost jobs and insurance coverage, making the situation even more dire.

To those who cannot afford professional help, find some outlet to help defuse the prevailing tension makers. Go fishing, work out every day, play golf… Find anything to dispose of all the pent up frustration this 2013 economy presents.

Anxiety attacks can be controlled and even eliminated.

Find YOUR path to internal serenity... In your own way; in due time.

© 2013 James Ranka

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      Dan Lema 3 years ago from Tanzania

      My brother has this condition, it has been tormenting him for years and years, we thought it could disappear in time but as time passed-by it got worse. Most of the folks here thinks it's something he controls himself, but after extensive research i'm the only one who has discovered that it's not a voluntary condition but rather an involuntary one which resulted from Past Trauma....this article was very useful in providing more information about the subject...i will share it with him.....thank you..

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      Laura Izett 5 years ago from The Great Northwest

      I've always enjoyed public speaking, never been nervous. I did dance recitals and drama club when I was younger so perhaps that helped. Isn't it interesting there are so many triggers for various people for these panic attacks. As a small child I remember being claustrophobic , and that probably began the need to get out...fast. That certainly seems to be a commonality between our panic attacks. Interestingly, and speaking of height, as I got older and taller, ultimately 6' tall, I could see above crowds and didn't bother me as much with the claustrophobia, but elevators still aren't my favorite.

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      James Ranka 5 years ago from Port Neches

      Hey, izetti, I recall my first panic attack struck in 1978. I was in a college classroom of about 40 students. I was 1 of 3 who wrote a report worthy of presenting to the class. An aside: I was (am) 6'3" with an athletic build and was a pitcher on the college baseball team. I throw (pun unintentionally meant) that in to simply make the point, these monsters attack anyone, of any strength, character or status. The one thing I remember was the overwhelming need to get out of that room. I white-knuckled it and stayed put, and I recall how happy I was the previous 2 speakers ran overtime, preventing me from standing in front of 40 people to deliver an oral interpretation of my written report! Stranger still, I have defeated the fear of public speaking; in fact, I totally now enjoy it, and for the most part, the panic attacks have subsided.

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      Laura Izett 5 years ago from The Great Northwest

      Voted up. You covered important topics within this hub. Joblessness and America mental health issues. I suffered from anxiety attacks for two years. I moved a state away and suddenly was over them. Also the dr said stay away from caffeine so I have for many years now.

      My last pregnancy a year ago left me with panic attacks again. I had a lot of weird and unpredictable health issues during that pregnancy. I had those attacks even worse when he was first born. A year later, I feel one coming on and can now talk myself out of one. However, I sometimes can wake up from one so it is scary that they came back. I was going to try meditation. Honestly the way I averted them this last year has been to step outside or in front of a fan and cold air seems to calm me down. Strange but it works for me.

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