On some days when our panic attacks are very bad, we just wish there is a magic pill we can take to stop our attacks. However, this wishful thinking is usually stomped upon the reality that no one knows how to stop panic attacks, at least not as fast and easy as we wish it would.
Many lives have already been shattered by this disorder and a lot more are threatened by its existence. Let me however, share some tips on how to stop panic attacks, or at least manage their symptoms.
Among the many symptoms of panic attacks, what I believe as the worst among them is difficulty of breathing. The sensation of drowning or being drowned is so real that it drives most of us to a conclusion that death is near. That is why it is best to manage this symptom first. Aside from the fact that you would eliminate the disorder’s most uncomfortable symptom, you would also decrease the trauma having panic attacks cause. Therapists came up with two ways to manage this specific symptom – meditation and breathing therapy.
Meditation is said to be the art of focusing on keeping the negative energies out, and the positive energies in. It is invigorating and very easy to do, however it requires a lot of patience and concentration. Meditating is perfect to help calm you down and ease your mind. The breathing therapy is a more scientific approach to managing this symptom. Therapists will encourage you to do the pursed lip breathing exercises. When you hyperventilate, the exchange of gases between your lungs and the environment becomes highly abnormal and that could be very harmful for you. By doing the pursed lip breathing exercises, you stabilize your breathing and at the same time you can relax a little.
One other very prominent symptom of the panic and anxiety attack disorder is tachycardia. Tachycardia is a medical term for increase in your heart rate or heartbeat. This condition can potentially be very harmful as it can actually cause hypertension or high blood pressure. The best way to manage this symptom is through medication. Beta-blockers are perhaps the most accessible and effective drugs doctors use to manage this symptom. These drugs are very popular in lowering down your blood pressure, but what not most people know is the fact that they do that by decreasing you heart rate. Some other drugs that work for the same purpose are benzodiazepines. These drugs are known to block or decrease your sympathetic nervous response. Whenever faced with stressors, your body would usually release epinephrines and norepinephrines which prepare your body to fight off those stress-causing things or events. One of the effects of this response is the increase in heart rate, so when you stop your sympathetic nervous response, you also stop its symptoms.
Again, to stop a panic attack takes a lot of effort, but if you focus your energy to all the right treatment methods, all of the hardships you went through would all be worth it. I know the drugs I mentioned in this article sound very promising but you have to take note that they are not for long term use and you should always discuss taking any of them with your physician.
Panic Attacks – What They Are and How to Stop Them