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How to Stop Panic Attacks Naturally and Fast

Updated on November 4, 2014
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As a researcher and author, John provides information in an easy-to-understand way that helps readers understand their condition.

Introduction to How to Stop Panic Attacks Naturally and Fast

If you're searching for tips on how to stop panic attacks naturally and fast, the first thing you need to understand is that you don't have a mental illness. You see, panic attacks are behavioral issues.

The second thing is that panic attacks cannot harm you, and grasping this fact is fundamental to stopping them. Here you'll discover how a change in behavior can help you stop panic attacks and eliminate general anxiety naturally ...

What is a Panic Attack? - Harry Croft MD

At a Glance

  • A panic attack is a behavioural problem not a mental illness as such. They cannot harm you and no one has ever died from having one.
  • Someone who has an attack is usually overly sensitive to anxiety and stress at a particular point in their lives. So that an attack can come out of the blue without any apparent reason.
  • A panic attack is actually the symptoms experienced when the body's 'fight or flight' response is triggered because of an increase in anxiety levels that 'trick' the brain into believing the body is in immediate danger.
  • Once having had one attack the fear of having another simply adds to the overall anxiety and increases the risk of more attacks. This is a vicious cycle of anxiety that needs to be broken in order to prevent attacks.
  • Treatment is generally through drugs such as anti-depressants, tranquilizers and beta blockers. But they can only help you cope with your problem not cure it. And they do have a range of negative side effects.
  • There are natural ways to stop panic attacks including special techniques to stop them in their tracks and also to eliminate general anxiety. You can get more information on this at the end of the article.

Panic Attacks Are Behavioral Issues

Someone who suffers with general anxiety and panic attacks isn't suffering from a mental illness. What they do have are higher than normal levels of anxiety that, under certain circumstances, can shoot up thus triggering a panic attack, sometimes called an anxiety attack.

And the symptoms a sufferer experiences during an attack are as a direct result of the body's 'flight or fight' response to a 'perceived' threat to itself. This is an in-built safety mechanism that helps us escape from danger or, indeed, to fight that danger to the best of our ability should we encounter such.

The reason you suffer a panic attack is that your body has mistaken an increase in anxiety and stress levels as a sign that you could be in danger. So 'it' takes no chances: it switches into its fight or flight mode, which very quickly produces many chemical and physical changes in your body in order to give you the highest possible chance of survival.

But, of course, you aren't in any danger and are not aware of any danger. And so the things you experience during a panic attack, as a result of the chemical and physical changes in your body, don't make sense to you. They seem to have come out of the blue.

So it's no wonder that things like a tight chest, tight throat, irregular / difficulty breathing, racing heartbeat, sweating, trembling, nausea, numbness, etc., give you a feeling of impending doom; you have no rational reason for their appearance and so fear the worst.

Knowing and understanding what causes your panic attacks is a very good first step in being able to figure out how to stop panic attacks and cure your general anxiety...

Panic Attacks Cannot Harm You

You now know that the symptoms you experience during a panic attack are purely as a result of your body's defense mechanism being triggered by a misconception that you are in danger. They don't arise for any other reason than that.

So you can understand now that your life isn't in any danger during an anxiety attack. No one has ever died because of a panic attack. And this knowledge is a second, and fundamental, basis for being able to stop your panic attacks.

Mainstream Panic Attack Treatment Issues

The problem today is that when you visit your doctor about your problem you will normally be prescribed drugs such as antidepressants and tranquilizers, maybe even beta blockers in some cases. You may also be referred for psychotherapy.

The problem with this is that these are just ways to help you 'cope' or 'manage' your condition, they don't really get to the root cause of your panic attacks.

The Fear of Another Panic Attack

One of the things to consider very carefully is that once having had a panic attack, the very thought of having another is terrifying, simply because the experience of the first attack was so terrifying.

This continuing fear -- conscious or unconscious -- of another attack is, in itself, a source of increasing anxiety. This increasing stress and anxiety can only build on top of your already high general anxiety which, in turn, can trigger the unwanted attack.

In other words, your fear of a panic attack can actually cause it to happen. This is a vicious cycle of anxiety that is at the heart of your problem. And, because it's a vicious cycle, it needs to be broken in order to prevent further panic attacks.

Once it is broken you can then work on eliminating your general anxiety because, as long as you are suffering attacks, it is very difficult to deal effectively with your general anxiety.

How to Stop Panic Attacks Naturally and Fast Without Medication

You need to take affirmative action and face your panic attacks head on, rather than trying to run away from them. By continually running away from your fear it can only persist and grow. So you must not resist the fear, but rather, move with your emotions and embrace them.

This seems counter-intuitive, but this is what you must do. To give you a flavor of this approach right now, try to trigger a panic attack in yourself right this minute. You see, no matter how hard you try you can't! This is because you know that an attack cannot harm you and you are in total control, so you have less fear.

So next time you feel a panic attack coming on you are now forewarned in terms of what's causing it, and importantly, that it cannot cause you any harm; you aren't going to die...

Don't fight against the attack but embrace it. In fact, demand more of the horrible feelings and sensations; try to make them worse. Tell your anxiety to 'bring it on.' This will help destroy the illusion that is your panic attack and stop it in its tracks.

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How to Stop Panic Attacks Naturally and Fast References

  • http://www.adaa.org/living-with-anxiety/ask-and-learn/screenings/screening-panic-disorder
  • http://www.psychologytoday.com/conditions/panic-disorder
  • http://www.bbc.co.uk/health/emotional_health/mental_health/disorders_anxiety.shtml
  • http://www.patient.co.uk/health/panic-attack
  • http://www.apa.org/topics/anxiety/panic-disorder.aspx
  • http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Panic_attack

Disclaimer

The content of this Hub is for informational purposes only. It is not meant to be a substitute for proper medical diagnosis, treatment or advice, and you should not assume that it is. Always consult your health-care provider / physician / doctor before taking any medications, natural remedies, supplements, or making any major changes to your diet.

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    JCielo 5 years ago from England

    Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment Rajan. Always appreciate your responses to my health hubs. And thanks for sharing.

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    Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

    A very interesting approach this, John; something like fighting poison with poison.

    Very well written. Voting it up and interesting. Shared.

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    JCielo 5 years ago from England

    k2jade31 - Your welcome. I have a very close member of my family going through a tough time just now, so I know how you feel.

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    Kimberly Shelden 5 years ago from Idaho

    I enjoyed reading this hub, my son has suffered from high anxiety since he was a little boy, he now will be 18 this summer, and it has been difficult to watch him shy away from life. Thank you writing about this subject, it was a comprehensive view of panic attacks, and well written.

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    BRLEFTS 5 years ago

    Hi Mr. Cielo,

    I enjoyed the article. You are correct when you say that panick attacks aren't associated with mental illness.

    However, panick attacks are mental disorders and are associated with real physical symptoms and chemical imbalances in the brain. Psychotherapy does get to the root of the problem as it reinforces and/or teaches behaviour modification, and medication is prescribed to enable the body and mind to be at ease when undergoing therapy so the patient has the best chances of absorbing the treatments. Rarely will a doctor give meds without referring the patient to a therapist (it does happen and should not) as they go hand in hand. I am only posting this (not to be critical) but because I have suffered from anxiety and panick disorder for many years, and it is a real debilitating disease that isn't fully understood as of yet.