Panic Attack

Panic attacks are frightening and I've heard people who have say more than anything they just want them to go away. On this page you'll find help and the strength, courage, and confidence with to look your fears in the face.

The danger lies in refusing to face the fear, in not daring to come to grips with it.

To give you this support, I've checked out professionals in their fields. In some cases the material comes from people who have studied and developed respected self help programs based on their own personal challenges with anxiety disorder and phobias. I also give you this information from my own personal experiences.

Have a look at Anxiety Disorder. for general information on anxiety. For the signs of anxiety disorder, check out Symptoms of Anxiety Disorder. For support with anxiety see Help for Anxiety

What is a Panic Attack?

This type of attack is a sudden bout of intense anxiety. It can happen by finding yourself in an anxious situation or even by thinking about one. It might start suddenly.

It is horribly uncomfortable. The first bout with this condition can have a traumatic impact making you feel terrified and helpless, especially because you might be worried about having another.

Some people may have an attack only every few years. for others these life disruptions return repeatedly.

You can learn to cope with this condition so effectively that it will not have the power to frighten you. You can diminish the frequency and intensity over time if you are willingly to make changes in your lifestyle.

Physical Symptoms of Panic Attack

  • heart palpitations
  • tightening of the chest
  • shortness of breath
  • choking sensations
  • dizziness
  • fainting
  • sweating
  • trembling
  • shaking
  • tingling In the hands and feet

Psychological Symptoms of Panic Attack

  • feelings of unreality
  • desire to run away
  • fears of going crazy
  • fears of dying
  • fears of doing something uncontrollable

Five Ways of Coping with Panic Attack

  1. regular practice of deep relaxation
  2. a unique program of physical exercise geared for your current ability.
  3. embracing good nutrition and eliminating stimulants such as caffeine, sugar and nicotine from your diet
  4. learning to acknowledge and express your feelings, especially anger and sadness
  5. changing your self-talk and observing when self doubt creeps into your life.

Some of these five lifestyle changes will be more important than others for you. If you can work on all five of these, you will find that over time, your problem with these attacks will decrease for sure. Start slowly.

Have a look at Help for Anxiety. Based on the information that is in sync with your life, set three specific goals for yourself. Only set achievable goals. Because you are aiming for success! Right?

You will need to be patient with yourself. Any chronic problem whether it is physical or emotional takes some time to get rid of.

You might find that you are resistant to change or for some reason you want to hang onto your panic attacks.

The challenge in this case will be finding the courage to modify your lifestyle and accept that you'll need to change your thoughts, your habits, your nutrition and exercise if you want to get rid of them.

If you are motivated enough and have a desire for a calmer, more balanced life, you will succeed.

With motivation and the willingness to change your thinking and lifestyle, you will overcome this condition.

1. The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook by Edmund J. Bourne, Ph.D.

2. Managing Your Mind: The Mental Fitness Guide by Gillian Butler Ph.D. and Tony Hope Ph.D.

3. From Panic to Power: Proven Techniques to Calm Your Anxieties, Conquer Your Fears, and Put You in Control of Your Life by Lucinda Bassett. Bassett is a former sufferer of anxiety, agoraphobia, panic attacks and depression. She is president of The Midwest Center for Stress and Anxiety.

4. Free Yourself From Fear: Self Hypnosis For Anxiety, Panic Attacks and Phobias by Valerie Austin. Austin is an internationally renowned English hypnotherapist, trainer, lecturer, author and journalist.

5. 101 Exercises for the Soul: Simple Practices for a Healthy Body, Mind and Spirit by Dr. Bernie S. Siegel

6. Overcoming Anxiety For Dummies by Charles H. Elliott Ph.D. and Laura L. Smith Ph.D.

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