How To Treat And Prevent Panic Attacks

Now you are ready to get a handle on your panic attacks. This will make your life much better. A significant problem that you may be experiencing is not knowing how or where to get the treatment that you need. This article will give you some tips on how to deal with this scary problem. These tips can guide you along the path to prevention.

clerk-18915_640Panic attacks and stress are like bread and butter – you tend not to have one without the other. Finding out about all the stress relieving techniques that are available and then testing them out for yourself is a great way to ensure you keep panic attacks on hold as long as possible.

While it’s difficult to think clearly during a panic attack, there is a simple tactic you can use to lessen the severity and duration of the attack. By splashing your face with cold water, your body automatically responds to what is called the “dive reflex.”� This tricks the brain into thinking that you are going underwater, and it sends messages to the body to slow down your heart rate and restrict blood flow to your extremities, allowing you to breathe easier and feel calmer.

Focus on your actions when you’re panicking to shorten the length of the panic attack. Fighting the fear away is the most efficient method.

During a panic attack you can be overtaken by worrisome “what if” statements, so a great way to get out of that mindset is to change them to “So what?” For example, “What if I fail my test?” turns into “SO WHAT if I fail my test?” Nothing is so bad it’s worth suffering over!

Using tactics to distract yourself during a panic attack can help you calm down faster. Try counting backwards from 100 as quickly as you can. Work on a complex math problem. Turn on the radio, and sing along to a song that you know. Concentrate on eating an apple. Do a crossword puzzle. Anything that requires focus and clear thinking is going to help you take your mind off of your anxiety and channel it into an activity that will help you relax.

A child’s diet can make a huge impact on the number of panic attacks that they experience. Regulating the foods that are fed to a child can help to keep their blood sugar at a safe and healthy level. Children should not eat sugary or highly processed foods because they can cause their blood sugar to spike and then panic attacks can occur.

If you suffer from panic attacks, reduce or eliminate your caffeine intake by switching to decaffeinated versions of your favorite beverages. Caffeine can intensify anxiety and feeling jittery, which may trigger a panic attack. Cut back slowly if you consume a lot of caffeine to prevent headaches and other withdrawal symptoms.

Hopefully this article gives you hope. You now understand panic attacks, and you can take the information you have learned and seek help from a professional. Reread this article should you forget anything you consider important.

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