TO CONTROL PANIC ATTACKS AND THEIR SYMPTOMS YOU REALLY NEED TO GIVE THIS A TRY
Most of the people who come here have gone through years of unsuccessful treatments, counseling or medications to try to control panic attacks and to stop their anxiety symptoms. The reason that a panic attack treatment will fail to control panic attacks is that it does not teach the individual how to short-circuit the “panic loop” and put an end to the “fear of fear” (in other words, the fear of a future panic attack). If you will give me a just a few minutes of your time, you will discover how to control panic attacks quickly and bring immediate relief to their symptoms. I will also show you how to get a Free Rapid Relief Audio to download. You can take it with you and listen to it wherever you experience a panic attack, to get immediate relief.
I hope you find the following information helpful.
Diagnosis – What Are The Symptoms Of A Panic Attack?
A good place to begin is by taking a look at the symptoms that brought you here.
Panic attacks will typically include some of the following signs and symptoms:
- Shortness of breath (dyspnea)
- Dizziness, faintness, lightheadedness or mild vertigo
- Tightness in the throat
- A fear of dying or heart attack
- Heart palpitations, chest pain (or chest tightness)
- Trembling or shaking
- Abdominal cramping, nausea
- Numbness or paresthesias (tingling sensations)
- Hot flashes or cold flashes (sometimes sweating can occur with either)
- Sensations of choking or smothering
- Derealization (feeling of unreality or detachment)
DSM-5 diagnostic criteria for panic attacks will include a distinct interval of discomfort or very intense fear, during which time 4 or more of these panic attack symptoms develop suddenly and reach their peak intensity within minutes. It is not uncommon to experience limited symptom attacks with fewer than 4 panic attack symptoms.
A panic disorder will usually also include:
- Sudden and re-occurring panic attacks with extreme anxiety and fear
- A powerful fear about when the next panic attack will occur
- Agoraphobia – a fear of future panic attacks especially if they occur in public or where panic attacks may have occurred in the past. The victim may feel like he or she has no escape and will become obsessed with avoiding these places or going outside in general. Other syndromes such as post traumatic stress disorder or obsessive compulsive disorder and social anxiety disorders (social phobia) can also cause agoraphobia.
Any diagnosis should consider that other conditions may also cause symptoms that are sometimes similar such as: heart disease (including unstable angina and myocardial infarction), lung disease, hyperthyroidism, hyperparathyroidism, hypoglycemia, and even drug use. The Panic Disorder Severity Scale is a useful tool in detecting possible cases of disorder. Panic attacks are usually not an indicator of a mental disorder.
What is an anxiety attack? | panic attack vs anxiety attack
A common question often asked is, what is the difference between a panic attack vs anxiety attack? Simply put, during an anxiety attack, people may have a feeling of fear, possibly apprehension. They may feel shortness of breath and their heart might be racing (tachycardia). However, the episode is very short lived. And when the stressor (that is causing the anxiety attack) goes away, so do the anxiety attack symptoms. On the other hand, panic attacks don’t occur as a reaction to a stressor. Panic attacks are unpredictable and unprovoked.
What does it feel like to have a panic attack?
Try Doing This Right Now, I Bet You Can’t
Try to force a panic attack
Since most of your stress is going to be rooted in the fear of a future panic attack (regardless of what the original trigger was) here is something interesting that you might want to try. I have found that a simple technique to stopping a panic attack is by forcing yourself to actually want to have one. This is because by trying to “force” the panic attack you immediate diffuse (or even short circuit) the fear or anticipation of an attack. If you don’t believe me, just try it. I mean right now. Think of any of the symptoms that you have experienced in the past. Now try to force your body to do it. You can’t. Well. next time you start to to have a panic attack, try to make it worse. You can’t, regardless how hard you try. What this tells you is that your body is actually in complete control of the situation.
Here is something important to remember. The physical symptoms that you are experiencing are associated with increasing depth and speed of breathing. Now it is easy to see why this would be important to get more oxygen into the muscles to prepare the body to defend itself. The problem though is that you start to exhale too much carbon dioxide thereby leaving a disproportional amount of oxygen in your bloodstream. There are side effects to flooding your body with too much oxygen, mainly respiratory alkalosis and hypocapnia. These effects of hyperventilation may cause you to experience tightness in the chest, a smothering sensation, lightheadedness, dizziness or breathlessness. One of the more interesting group of sensations occurs because the blood supply to the brain is actually decreased (only by a tiny amount however). This is what causes the sensations like dizziness, confusion or that scary feeling of unreality. Most sufferers will experience, at some time, the fear of losing control of their breathing. They start to become afraid that they will pass out and their breathing will stop. Remember, a panic attack cannot cause your breathing to stop. As a matter of fact, you couldn’t stop it if you wanted to.
What are the causes of panic attacks? – Is the problem all in my head?
This is the million dollar question that a lot of people are quietly asking themselves. Well, just consider that the natural purpose of the panic attack or fight-or-flight response sensation is to warn a person that trouble is close at hand. When this feeling “or warning”, manifests itself, a person’s brain will automatically scan its surroundings for any threats that may have to be dealt with. In this condition of “high alert” it isn’t easy for the brain to stay focused on any single thing. This is because the brain is conditioned to find any and all possible dangers. And it will not quit until it has completed its mission, to keep you safe.
In some instances there may be underlying biological causes such as Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, mitral valve prolapse, Wilson’s disease, labyrinthitis (malfunctioning of the inner ear), norepinephrine system (located in the locus ceruleus of the brain stem), or pheochromocytoma.
Pathophysiology – (how it happens)
When the panic attack begins, most individuals will choose “flight”, and will begin to search for the fastest way to escape from this perceived “danger zone”. This usually takes the form of simply leaving the store or bank and calmly going outside. If the individual feels that exiting the situation will result in feelings of embarrassment, this can easily cause the level of anxiety to get even worse. An example would be if you were at work or in a classroom setting. If you were to start experiencing the symptoms of a panic attack you may feel the need to just “deal with it” and continue on with whatever it was that you were doing. You can see how such a situation would make it almost impossible to concentrate on your job responsibilities. Many people that experience anxiety in these situations believe that tv screens, computer monitors, or other sources of artificial light may play a significant roll in causing the initial panic attack, or in making it worse. This seems especially true if the person is sleep deprived or under a great deal of stress.
However, in most instances the perceived threat or danger is not real and therefore the brain cannot find it. When this occurs the person’s mind stops searching its surroundings and looks inward and starts to engage in self-talk (making itself believe the worst case scenario). It will start to imagine potential medical emergencies and cause the individual to start believing that they may be suffering from a potentially deadly condition, in other words, you feel that you are dying. Anything from a heart attack to a brain tumor. It sounds silly, I know, but if you’ve ever had a panic attack you know what I’m describing.
So then, why does this happen when there seems to be no real danger? The answer is that we seem to fear the symptoms. When you have these physical sensations it is common to panic, right? These sensations can initially form through many different ways. They may begin because of some underlying stress which increases the amount of adrenaline (epinephrine) in the body along with other stress related hormones, which may result in the physical sensations that the sufferer will believe is the root of their panic attacks. But here’s where the problem is. You see, the higher levels of adrenaline in the human body can remain at a heightened level well after the actual stress event has ended. This will usually start the chain reaction of symptoms (described earlier), in particular, increased heart rate followed by hyperventilation (with all of its associated problems). The high levels of adrenaline also cause secondary problems: vasoconstriction (reducing blood flow to the brain) and blood sugar being drawn from the brain, resulting in lightheadedness and derealization.
Risk Factors : Things like smoking, alcohol, caffeine, and even sugar (if these things are taken in excess) can cause elevated stress levels and can be a significant cause of panic attacks especially if underlying emotional or psychological stress is present. So dietary changes may be in order. Panic attacks can less often occur due to number of disorders such as panic disorder, social anxiety disorders, post traumatic stress disorder, drug use, depression, and medical problems. A panic attack may also be caused by drug withdrawal as with antidepressant discontinuation syndrome. In some instances, complications such as an increased risk of suicide is possible. However to control panic attacks effectively, and quickly, you must defuse the current panic attack and remove the fear of future attacks.
Prognosis – This Treatment Will Control Panic Attacks
Remember, the main cause of panic attacks is the anticipation of a future attack. This anticipation can be either subconscious or conscious. I know that this sounds simple, but just think about it. The reason that you are reading this is to find something to save you from that next panic attack. As I mentioned before, any self-help therapy to control panic attacks has to deal with the fear of a panic attack, a cognitive restructuring, in order for it to be effective, because it is the only way to truly break the cycle of anxiety. This begins with an understanding that a panic attack will not harm you. I know that this is a lot easier said than done, but all of the terrible physical sensations that are felt during a panic attack are just perfectly normal physiological responses.
Self-help programs can contribute greatly to panic attack treatment. I believe that the 21 7 Technique in the Panic Away program does this the quickest. Their site explains this in much more depth. The 21 7 Technique breaks this cycle forever, and it does it fast. Other types cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) techniques such as counseling, hypnosis, NLP, regressing to the past, deep breathing exercises, or daily affirmation, have only limited success because they don’t get to the root of the problem. However, the 21 7 Technique does get to the root of the problem and it cures it.
There is something else that I want you to remember. Your situation is not a hopeless one. And it will never become one unless you give up. Especially if you suffer from agoraphobia, you need to remember that there really is no such thing as a “safe zone”. Since having a panic attack is not going to actually harm you, you are just as safe away from home as you are in it. Now your mind will try to trick you into believing otherwise, but you know I’m right. Try remembering your previous panic attacks and ask yourself, are you still alive? Were you sure that you were going die, but didn’t? Did they manage to do any permanent harm to you at all. I think that you know what the answer to all of these questions is. So you can see that your situation is not hopeless. You WILL survive. Because of the large number of successes and all the people that have found panic attack help, I am really hoping that you Click Here to check out the Panic Away web site and to download the Rapid Relief Audio. It’s time to make a decision. I wish you all the best.
(P.S. Additional Panic Attack Updates For July 2017 Below)
How To Stop A Panic Attack – Try These 4 Steps
When you feel the symptoms of a panic attack coming on there is a simple little trick to cause it to calm itself.
4 Step Panic Attack Trick
Doing these 4 simple steps can quickly change the way you experience a panic attack. And it can be done in only a few of minutes, so give this a try.
Step 1. Notice
Anytime that you are feeling anxious or experiencing panic attack symptoms, say to yourself “I notice that I am experiencing these symptoms”, instead of saying “I feel these symptoms”. Now even though this is only a small change in the wording, the effect that it has can be significant. By making this change you become more of an observer (being detached from the situation) rather the victim who is trapped in the situation. This gives you some room to work.
Step 2. Allow
The next step is to allow the panic attack and anxiety to manifest itself however it chooses. It is important that you don’t try to fight back. Just let it do what it wants to do regardless of how long it goes on. You must let the waves of the panic attack grow and subside. The whole time keep reassuring yourself that as unpleasant as these sensations are they will not harm you. When you do this, the anxiety waves will subside quickly since you are doing absolutely nothing to make them stay, as opposed to forcing them away.
Step 3. Gratitude
The final emotional step is to get yourself back to a more positive feeling. This is done by using gratitude. Try to imagine something in your life that you are grateful for. It doesn’t matter if it is something great or simple. Just keep telling yourself (over and over) that you are grateful for this. You see, gratitude is something that has the power to change your state of mind. It will allow you to shift from the state of anxiety and panic to a considerably calmer one.
Step 4. Exercise
I’m throwing this in as a physical step, and a very significant one. Exercise has been shown to combat and control panic attacks quite effectively. It is believed that this is the result of endorphins being released along with a reduced level of cortisol which is a hormone related to stress. Not only will this combat anxiety but it will increase the quality of your life overall.
Control Panic Attacks For Good
These simple steps can be of help to stop a panic attack, however to be free from panic attacks forever you have to cure the root of the problem. Click Here to check out the Panic Away web site and to download the free Rapid Relief Audio. Their method does this quickly. It’s time to end your panic attacks now. I wish you all the best of luck.
How Panic Attacks Manifest Themselves Through A Panic Loop
Many of the people who come to me have gone through years of unsuccessful treatments for ending panic attacks. They have tried everything available from traditional talk therapy and medications to alternative treatments like hypnotherapy and NLP.
Take for example the common problem of panic attacks. Why is it that most therapies do not achieve lasting results?
The reason these treatments do not get the desired lasting results is because they do not teach the person to short-circuit the panic loop and end the fear of fear. Instead they teach coping strategies that fail to address the core problem. Take a look at how panic attacks usually manifest:
Stage 1 – Bodily Sensations –
Almost everyone’s first panic attack is triggered by an unusual bodily sensation. Anxiety related bodily sensations usually arise out of the blue and trigger intense confusion and fear. Common bodily sensations people report are a pounding heart, tightness of chest or throat, shortness of breath, a dizzy spell, and pins and needles. Whatever the sensation, it is alarming and you react with fear as you dread something bad is about to happen to your body. You might wonder, “is this a heart attack?”
Stage 2 – Panic Attack –
If you continue to overreact with fear and confusion to the sensations you feel, your body’s fight or flight response mechanism is switched on. This is the biological mechanism that is designed to keep you safe from real threats like being chased by a lion. It is the mixture of this biological mechanism with your not knowing what is happening to you, that triggers a FULL BLOWN panic attack.
Stage 3 – High Anxiety –
Eventually the waves of panic subside once the fight or flight response deactivates. The problem is, you still feel totally freaked out by what just happened and very much on edge because of all the chemicals that were released during the panic attack. This feeling of sensitization and general anxiety can last for hours after a panic attack.
Stage 4 – Fear Of Fear –
It is now the fear of another panic attack (fear of fear) that keeps you trapped in an anxious state of mind. You think avoidance is the best way to prevent further panic attacks, and that leads you to avoid situations or places that might trigger another episode. Because you are constantly on the look out for the next panic attack, your body stays anxious and sensitized. This tension creates, yes you guessed it, more anxious bodily sensations, looping you back to stage 1. The panic loop is now established.
You can see from the above example how one incident of a panic attack can trap a person into a continuous loop of panic and anxiety (sometime referred to as a positive feedback loop). This loop can last weeks or years, depending on the help a person receives. What you need to do is develop the ability to stop fearing the potential of a future panic attack.
4-7-8 Breathing Exercises To Control Panic Attacks
Most people never give a second thought to the importance of how they are breathing and the incredible impact that it can have on their mental and physical health. And this is especially true with regards to anxiety and stress.
Why is this so important (you may ask)? It’s because the brain gives special attention to the signals it gets from the respiratory system, since breathing can mean the difference between life or death. When you change the way that you breathe, you alter the way that your autonomic nervous system operates. Certain types of breathing (such as rapid breathing) can activate the sympathetic nervous system and put it into the “fight or flight mode”, which can bring on the symptoms of a panic attack. The good news is that certain slow breathing techniques can help to bring the adrenaline (epinephrine) levels back down to baseline levels and cause the parasympathetic nervous system to “counter balance” the overly excited state. This will slow the heart rate, and tell the brain to relax so it can start to release hormones in their proper proportions.
A breathing technique that can really help to relax you is called the 4-7-8 breathing technique. Using this technique has the added benefit of easing the symptoms of a panic attack. This technique, taught by Harvard trained Dr Andrew Weil, should be done twice per day (or more in the event of a panic attack). The reason that it is so effective is that it mimics the effects of meditation and yoga and the calming effect that they have on the body and mind. Doing this exercise is extremely easy and can be done anywhere at anytime. Just sit upright with your back perfectly straight and do the following:
1. Start by exhaling totally through your mouth. When you do this it should make a “whooshing” sound.
2. Then, while keeping your mouth closed, inhale through your nose (quietly) while counting to 4 in your head.
3. Then hold that breath for 7 seconds.
4. For a count of 8, exhale totally through you mouth (again it should make a whooshing sound)
5. This is considered as one breath. So start the inhaling (step 2) and go through this cycle 3 more times.
Use the stomach (or diaphragm) instead of the chest for breathing. This is known as diaphragmatic breathing. The inhaling should always be quiet and the exhaling should make a sound. The most important part is that the exhaling takes twice as long as the inhaling. Focusing on breathing this way can be a distraction from fearful or stressful thoughts. This can allow you to calm down and be able to focus. Plus the extra oxygen can have a very relaxing effect on both the body and mind.
Control Panic Attacks For Good
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Panic Attack Medications
Although this is primarily a psychology article (rather than medical) focusing on the successes of behavioral therapies it should be mentioned that medication is also used with some degree of success. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors have been used with good results. Anxiolytic is a medical term that has become almost synonymous with the benzodiazepines. For anxiety related to stress, these have been the preferred drug treatments for decades.
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Disclaimer: The materials presented on this website are not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any illness. The treatments discussed on this site come from a large number of resources making them difficult to verify. Therefore this natural panic attack cure website is meant to be used exclusively for educational purposes. You should consult with your physician first, since some panic attack symptoms like chest pain and shortness of breath are also hallmark symptoms of cardiovascular illnesses such as myocardial infarction and unstable angina. To attribute these pains to simple anxiety and not (also) to a possible physical condition would be a diagnosis of exclusion. In some instances an electrocardiogram and a mental health assessment may be advised.
This website is an educational site that addresses the subject of How To Stop A Panic Attack. On the main page of this site you will find information on what panic attacks are, a description of panic attack symptoms, and a brief discussion on some of the lesser known (but highly effective) home based ways to control panic attacks along with some helpful techniques to stop their recurrence.
Also included are updates related to the topic of how to control panic attacks as an informational resource to help the reader. On these related topic sections I cover the following in more depth: A review of the best methods to treat panic attacks at home, tips on treating panic attack disorder naturally, and breathing (with other preventative measures and tips). I firmly believe that coping techniques (while somewhat helpful in dealing with panic attack) are not the true answer. Hopefully this site will help the reader to get at the root of the disorder and allow themselves to control panic attacks and be free from anxiety forever.
Since I am a believer in natural cures and remedies, all of these topics on panic attacks are viewed from the perspective of natural healing methods. Natural cures have proven themselves over time to be less expensive and more effective in dealing with panic attacks (with fewer dangerous side effects).
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