Panic attacks can appear completely out of the blue. The symptoms associated with an attack can be quite terrifying, leaving the sufferer completely confused as to what is happening to him. Panic attacks are part of suffering from an anxiety disorder, so here are a few things that you should know about this affliction.
If you are prone to panic attacks, it is helpful to discuss them with a health professional. Otherwise you are liable to feel vulnerable to terrifying feelings of impending doom or death at any time. Take the time to talk with a mental health professional about your attacks to see what kinds of treatments you find effective.
If you know someone prone to panic attacks, try and be a mindful of situations that you know may trigger an attack and avoid them. If you sense your friend or loved one is about to go into a panicked stage, speak in calm tones and distract them while you casually remove them from the situation.
A silly but successful way to help get through a panic attack is to place something cold, like an ice pack or frozen food, beneath your arms in your armpits. Focus on the coolness and feel it go throughout your body. I have no idea how it works, but it does!
To prevent your panic attack from worsening, avoid doing anything that might exacerbate your anxiety. For example, some people seem to think that you can be scared out of a panic attack as if it were the hiccups. In truth, putting yourself in an even more fearful situation will likely only lengthen and worsen the attack.
To talk your way out of a panic attack, use positive internal dialogue to calm yourself down. You must remind yourself that panic attacks eventually get better. Remember that you must stay in control.
If you’re having a panic attack it’s okay to admit it. Understanding what is happening to your body is a normal function and that it will pass shortly is key to getting over it. Don’t ignore it or pretend that nothing is happening or you’ll never be able to stop panic attacks for good.
A great way to help take control back from your panic attacks is to compliment yourself and others around you. You are not what your thoughts and feelings are telling you, so do not judge yourself by them. Think about what you truly are and do the opposite of what your panic is telling you about yourself.
Find something that you can do that calms you down. Knitting, reading a book, even baking can be great hobbies you can do that will help you relax yourself when you feel a panic attack coming. These should be things you can do when you feel the panic attack starting to come about or when you’ve already started having a panic attack.
Panic attacks are nothing of which to be ashamed. Nor are they something that you should attempt to hide from your friends and family. By using the tips above, you can now seek medical assistance and emotional support so that you can move forward and learn how to control this disorder when it strikes.