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How To Combat Panic Attacks

Updated on January 25, 2016

Panic Attack Treatments

I still remember my friend having a panic attack when she was 24 weeks pregnant this was very scary to say the least

She still doesn't know what caused her to panic that day, however there are so many triggers that can be responsible for such a severe attack.

To find the right therapy, your treatment needs to be suited to your needs on an individual basis. The reason for this is that each person's symptoms and situations will differ on many levels.

These attacks are not widely understood because of the various contributors involved. You need to have your primary care physician involved in your care and treatment of panic attacks. Your physician will most likely be able to diagnose and treat your condition best.

After this initial assessment your physician can make recommendations for treating your condition. Your symptoms will play a big role in how you are treated.

Avoid Stimulants In Your Diet

It has been scientifically proven that there are certain foods which contribute to a panic attack occurring and the aggravation of panic attacks in general.

If you are prone to panic attacks it is very likely that some foods in your diet are triggering them.

Check your diet for these stimulants and try to avoid them if possible:

  • caffeine
  • high fructose corn syrup
  • Soda pop
  • Alcohol
  • Salt
  • Food Dyes

People suffering from panic attacks should also avoid energy supplements which contain ingredients like guarana and caffeine.

To treat your panic attacks you need to manage your stress and anxiety levels. Investigate other forms of treatment as an alternative approach, such as:

  • Massage therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Shiatsu
  • Aromatherapy

It is very important to consult your doctor or therapist before you start any one of these treatments.

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Try Cognitive Behavior Therapy

One method that can work for panic attacks is cognitive behavior therapy also know as CBT. CBT is based on psychological principles and can be useful for helping you to cope better with the onset of panic attacks.

CBT uses a few techniques to combat panic attacks that focus on deep breathing and muscle relaxation.

The results you need may take time but with CBT you will learn to use both mind and body to ward off panic attacks.

To create the best treatment program for you, it is vital that you learn as much about the circumstances when your panic attacks occur.

There are so many possible triggers for your attacks. You really need to discover how your personality, psychology, family history and personal situations may affect them.

That information may prove very beneficial to your treatment plan. You might discover the specific patterns that can be helpful to your practitioner.

Prescription Treatments

Prescription treatments may be an option you need to explore. Prescription therapy basically has two approaches. The first technique involves taking prescription medication that works at onset. The second method involves a more long term approach. Of course it is your choose which path you choose. The best thing you can do is have open communication with your primary physician and any therapist or psychologist you are seeing. The more information your can provide to your doctors, psychologists and therapist the better off you'll be.

Consult Your Doctor First

If you hear of a treatment you think might work for you ask your doctor about it first. It is always a good idea to get your doctor's opinion in these circumstances. You may find that no matter what you discover the comprehensive approach is the most effective approach to treating panic attacks. Depending on your specific circumstances, there is much you can do that involves your psychological health as well as your physical health. Psychological and physical health both need to be a part of the treatment for panic attacks.

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      seosmm 4 years ago

      Panic attacks can really be debilitating. Lots of great tips and information here.Thanks!