Thursday, January 21, 2010

How to Control a Panic Attack - You Really Have Three Options

Dealing with the fear of another panic attack can completely take over your life. If left untreated, this fear can become totally debilitating as you run out of "safe" places to be. You need to find a way to control your panic attack fear.

By now you know the fear is irrational. But you can't get that message through to your brain. It continues to send distress signals to the body and the body responds causing those horrifying feelings during the attack. Understand that the more you fear having an attack, the more likely you will have one. Fortunately, the reverse is true as well. If you can overcome your fear, if you have confidence you can handle an attack, the likelihood of you having one is greatly reduced.

There are several therapies available to you including a short term solution involving prescription drugs. These can mask the symptoms but no physician is going to allow long term usage as they can be harmful. You have to find a way to deal with the fear,

Cognitive therapy holds a lot of promise but this is a long learning lesson from a psychotherapist. Essentially it walks you through situations that you fear bit by bit until you can take it on all at once. It works for most people but takes a significant amount of time.

There is a third method that deals with the physical aspects of the panic attack as well as the mental. This method provides techniques that allow you to control the panic attack by disrupting the message being sent by the brain and performing exercises to control the body. It can provide immediate panic attack relief and also addresses the long term requirement of finding the trigger that sets your attacks off.

Using this method allows you to control the attack and builds your confidence in your ability to deal with future attacks. As your confidence grows your fear of attacks decline. As a result, you will experience fewer and fewer panic attacks until you are back to normal and leading a panic free life.

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