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What Panic Attack Treatments Are Available?

Aug 17, 2007
If you find yourself suffering from panic attacks, the first thing to realize is that you are not alone. Furthermore, you are not going crazy! Almost 2% of the American population suffers from some form of panic disorder - and a good many of them recover. This is because many of them seek treatment. And you should too!

Here are a few of the more common treatments for a panic attack. Take time to visit your doctor and discuss your situation with her or him. You do not want this to become disabling!

Treatments for panic attacks include psychotherapy, medications or a combination of both, depending on your personal needs and doctor's suggestions. Not all treatments work for all people, but with a high success rate, it should at least be attempted.

For example, you might start attending cognitive-behavioral therapy sessions. During these, you will be taught how to 'view' your panic attack. That is, how to look at them from a different point of view or perspective. Believe it or not, just knowing more about how a panic attack happens and what is going on in your body when one occurs, can go a long way to reducing the severity of your attacks!

If your panic disorder has progressed to the point where you are incorrectly associating certain places or events with the occurrence of the attacks, and then purposely avoiding those locations or situations, you may have developed deeply rooted psychological phobias.

Often at this point, some medication may be needed along with psychological treatment to break this connection. Anti-depressants and / or anti anxiety medications may be administered, and then you may be subject to the situations that you are associating with the attacks. When, thanks to the medicine, the attacks do not occur, people often start getting over these phobias. Soon, they are able to function normally without medication again.

In fact, treatment for panic attack disorders is at the point where up to 90% of all people treated recover - and often starting within just a few days or weeks. Despite your fear, you should try as hard as you can to see a doctor or health care provider and seek treatment as soon as possible.

To slow down a panic attack a powerful technique involves just your breathing. The key is to breathe deeply yet slowly while paying attention to ONLY your breathing. This oxygenizes your body and brain and gives your mind a break. Most panic attacks can be handled with a simple breathing exercise.
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