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Diagnosing A Panic Attack

Jul 25, 2008
A panic attack can happen to anyone, however, when they become a regular occasion, it may have developed into a panic disorder. If you feel that you are in a continuous state of panic, or have recurring episodes you are most likely suffering from a panic disorder. Don't get too much anxiety though, this condition is very treatable and you can get back to normal faster than you think. The following paragraphs give a few tips on how you can identify panic attack symptoms and give tips on what you can do to diminish them or lose them altogether.

We have all heard the saying that knowledge is power, and it is no different when dealing with anxiety. Once you learn what the general symptoms of panic attacks are and how you suffer from panic attacks, you are well on your way to finding a cure. Many people share the knowledge that panic attacks are solely associated to events. An event may be a stressful exam or test in school, career choices and job interviews, and other important life events. However, this is usually not the case. Panic attacks usually occur in the most unexpected moments, even while sleeping. Knowing this however, you shouldn't assume that any time you feel stressed, you are having a panic attack. Life is full of stresses, and we all have to deal with them. It is when we experience the more serious symptoms such as heart palpitations, insomnia, dizziness, shaking, lack of oxygen, sweating, etc, that we should wonder if we are suffering from an actual panic disorder.

One of the most powerful tools we have is documentation. Writing in a journal about your feelings and anytime you experience the previously mentioned symptoms is a gigantic help to determining if you have a real problem. By doing so, you will be able to identify any patterns associated with your panic attacks. It will also be a valuable tool for your doctor to be able to use when diagnosing you and prescribing the right treatment. Many people find it hard to keep any type of journal, but if you really want to help yourself get cured, you will have to motivate yourself to continuously document your condition.

In the journal you create, you will want to be sure to record certain specific details such as how intense the attacks are, how frequent they are occurring, and also any physical symptoms that you are experiencing. If you feel that you know what may have triggered the event, be sure to write that in as well. For example possible triggers include arguments with friends or loved ones, difficulties with money, fear of losing a best friend, physical illness, or starting a new job. All of these are worthy of documenting and will help both you and your physician cure your condition.

If you feel that you have tried everything you can do yourself to stop your panic attacks, please consult with a health care professional. One of the best things you can do for yourself is to have an open two-way dialogue between you and your doctor.
About the Author
Bart Icles is a full-time writer and desires to help others find natural remedies for panic attacks. For more information on natural anxiety cures, go to www.thedeathofanxiety.com.
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