What besides breathing can a person do to help a panic attack when it is occurin

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  1. Diane Woodson profile image61
    Diane Woodsonposted 12 years ago

    What besides breathing can a person do to help a panic attack when it is occuring?

    Are there  foods that will help the symptoms to subside? Can a person ever truly be free of these attacks that grip so tight, its like a stranglehold.  Its like the wheels of a paddleboat hitting you over and over.


  2. Dubuquedogtrainer profile image61
    Dubuquedogtrainerposted 12 years ago

    The only treatment I know for panic attacks is short-acting anti-anxiety medication. Sorry, not my specialty. I would consult a psychiatrist who is knowledgeable in this disorder who treats it on a regular basis.

    1. Diane Woodson profile image61
      Diane Woodsonposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      I am learning Yoga techniques my frind in NY is teaching me on the phone as well as vistaril by my psych. Loss of sleep for even one day is a big factor for me as well as I am sure many others too, Thanks for your comment dubuquedogtrainer!!

    2. Dubuquedogtrainer profile image61
      Dubuquedogtrainerposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      You're welcome - wish I knew more on the subject to help you. I have not heard of Vistaril for panic attacks. Last I heard they were using short-acting benzodiazepines like Ativan.

  3. ASchwartz profile image68
    ASchwartzposted 12 years ago

    Valarian root helps me, but it takes a while to kick in, but so do prescription meds I would think. I like to take it before a stressful situation where I know I am going to be anxious. For times when an attack comes on all of a sudden I try to breath deep and consciously count my breathes. 1, 2, 3 in 1, 2, 3 out.

    Cutting down on stimulants like caffeine has helped a lot too.

    I can't think of any specific foods, but since I've cut out most processed foods and started eating healthier my anxiety and depression has almost disappeared.

    1. Dubuquedogtrainer profile image61
      Dubuquedogtrainerposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      I do believe that good nutrition can help, including cutting out or back on caffeine.

  4. sadie423 profile image86
    sadie423posted 12 years ago

    Breathing- and relaxing your body- are the main ones. If you can identify something that calms you down- like for my son, the act of petting his cat can bring him down out of a panic. Breathing is hard for some to master, so if there is another relaxation technique that works better for you- like picturing something in your mind, counting, or I read once to pick a place you go to often and picture yourself walking there- and everything you would see along the way.

    Basically you need to fill your mind with something else so there is no room for the panic. It's hard, but if you can master it it can really help.

    When I was in the middle of a panic I just couldn't get out of I used to take Xanax. It would knock me out and the panic would stop. But I hated doing that, so I try for the more natural options. Valerian root is supposed to be good, but I don't have much experience with it. Eating better in general benefits your overall health, and certain deficiencies can make certain conditions worse- like a magnesium deficiency can cause anxiety to worsen as well as cause other symptoms that are common to panic attacks.

    1. Diane Woodson profile image61
      Diane Woodsonposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for your comment, with ideas for  ridding oneself of this monster malady, wondering if magnesium is found in my multivitamism must check, regardless, thanks for taking the time to read my question concerning panic attacks.

    2. Dubuquedogtrainer profile image61
      Dubuquedogtrainerposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      You're welcome. I know magnesium can be calming, but be careful to discuss with your physician. There are so many interactions between nutrients, over-the-counter preparations and meds and a chemical imbalance could make things worse.

  5. teaches12345 profile image77
    teaches12345posted 12 years ago

    I am not a professional on this subject, but from what I have heard from others is that sometimes just practicing breathing deeply an focusing on something positive helps.  Also a gentle fragrance like lavendar helps to calm their inner spirit.  Meditation and prayer also help to keep focused and positive.

    1. Dubuquedogtrainer profile image61
      Dubuquedogtrainerposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      True panic attacks are not something that one has conscious control over - they are physiologic, not psychological. While taking measures to stay calm can help, I don't think that this disorder is something that can be controlled entirely by volition

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    Debbie Dallasposted 12 years ago

    Well.. I need to follow this for sure! Talk w/ in your head to ur self!! It will be ok, this isn't A big deal-- Noones better than you!  Your the best!  It will be ok- you created this FEAR ON YOUR OWN!  Discover your FEARS-- all anxiety is a symptom of fear!!! Learn your fears, write down how to over come your fears, then remember daily and when BAM- crap here comes anxiety REMEMVER it's only a fear w/ in u r self- in ur own head- ur past experiences may have created this NO WORRIES- either everyone has anxiety from time to time! YOU ARE NOT ALONE!  8^)

  7. tmichael108 profile image61
    tmichael108posted 12 years ago

    Hi Diane,

    You might also consider trying acupuncture. I have personally helped several people with anxiety and panic attacks utilizing acupuncture. You could also try acupressure on yourself, perhaps on some of the heart points on your wrist and hand you can view the points here: http://www.yinyanghouse.com/acupuncture … lications.


    Terry Chen, L.Ac.


    1. Diane Woodson profile image61
      Diane Woodsonposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Will research it and maybe do it. thank you so much

  8. artist101 profile image62
    artist101posted 12 years ago

    When I was going through it, I took inositol and gaba, to help relieve my symptoms. For me the problem was three fold. Menopause, hypoglycimia, and the drug I was taking. Zoloft. I had to look at my condition as more than just panic attacks, I had to treat the problem as a whole condition, not just a symptom. See my hub http://artist101.hubpages.com/menapause … e-meltdown  For dosages, and recommended products. They really helped me. I was diagnosed with social anxiety disorder but, that wasn't what it was, after all. I still take a lot of the supplements I describe in my articles, with wonderful results.

  9. StrategyCoaching profile image68
    StrategyCoachingposted 6 years ago

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