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How Panic Attack Treatment Can Lift The Dark Clouds Hovering Over Your Life

Aug 17, 2007
Ignoring panic attack treatment can be detrimental in a number of ways however, performing self treatment without proper medical advice is folly to say the least. If you suffer regular attacks then you know how socially debillitating the condition can be but be aware that there is help available.

Having had two successive panic attacks within a short space of time during a stage of my life when turmoil was the rule rather than the exception I took some well worn advice and visited my health physician for an assessment. Thankfully, my episodes were isolated to current circumstances and with the application of some relaxation techniques, panic attack hasn't been a factor in my life. But it got me thinking. What about those individuals who are completely oblivious to the number of treatments available?

Panic Attack Treatment Options

So what are the options. Relaxation techniques such as breathing exercises are a good starting point. Cognitive-behavioral therapy is used successfully in many panic/anxiety related disorders. In many cases, patients thoughts can prove destructive in a fashion that leads to an episode and learning how to keep these thoughts in check are associated with this type of treatment. How a patient reacts to these thoughts in a positive way, replacing negative thoughts is the basis of Cognitive-behavioral therapy. However, the process can be a long drawn out one and will require committment but the results are well worth the effort.

Taking it a step further, the use of medication in conjunction with CBT can prove extremely effective. Under proper medical supervision, medication has proven to be beneficial in a high percentage of instances. The problem with many panic attack sufferers lies in the aura associated with what is perceived as receiving treatment for mental health and is a strong reason why many either delay or completely ignore the treatment that is available to them.

Making Your Move

The initial step is vital. Remember the old saying that the definition of insanity is doing the same things over and over again and expecting different results. Well, seeking professional treatment for panic attack shouldn't be scary. The initial process will involve assessing the level of symptoms being experienced along with areas of your life which may be contributing to episodes. These could be relationship issues, work issues, family problems, personality traits and even on a more personal nature, things such as substance abuse.

Dependent on the level of symptoms being experienced, a plan of action will then be outlined. It may be that just a minor adjustment is required and this could simply involve setting some short term goals. In more chronic cases, then a longer working partnership will be required between you and your doctor.

The bottomline is panic attack treatment is not an ordeal. Your quality of life is important isn't it? Taking that initial step may be just a matter of picking up the phone and making a call.
About the Author
Dean Caporella is a professional broadcaster. Understand the importance of getting prompt panic attack treatment along with panic/anxiety attack news and reviews at:http://www.panicattacksite.com
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