Panic Attack Treatment
While there is no upside to being a victim of panic attacks, being a victim of
panic attacks in the early 21st century does have one advantage: panic attack treatment is now
easier to find that it has ever been. So many people have become panic attack sufferers that there are now some
very effective approaches to panic attack treatment. Let's examine them in detail.
A cognitive-behavioral therapist will attempt to change the thinking which
accompanies a panic attack. While a panic attack is a physiological experience, your ability to manage your panic
attack depends in large part on what you think when you feel one beginning. If your first reaction is, "Here I go
again! I've got to get out of here before I make a fool of myself," you are simply contributing to your own
anxiety, and your symptoms will become
even more uncontrollable.
In cognitive therapy, you will learn to change your self-talk. Instead of
panicking because you're having a panic attack, you'll learn to tell yourself that you can control the situation. If your heart has begun
pounding, tell yourself that many people experience elevated heart rates. If the panic attack continues, remind
yourself that it will subside on its own before very long and that you will survive. Always remember that panic
attacks seldom last longer than 20 minutes. After a while you will build the confidence you need to face your panic
attack without panicking further!
Cognitive therapy will give you the skills to challenge your negative self-talk
and recognize the distorted thinking you experience when you are panicking. You might be surprised to learn that
other people can be completely unaware that you are having a panic attack even though you're telling yourself,
"Everybody's looking at me! What am I going to do?" Learning to recognize your mistaken beliefs about your panic
attacks and challenge them will let you decrease your anxiety level and perhaps eliminate the attacks
Behavioral therapy techniques can while you are learning to change your
self-talk. They include things like giving yourself permission to feel anxious each day, but limiting yourself to a
specific amount of time. In the beginning, why not give yourself a whole hour to worry about whatever you
During this time, force yourself to face your worries even when your mind starts
looking for distractions. Once your hour is up, stop worrying. If the worries return, simply tell that they'll have
to wait until tomorrow when you will devote another hour to them.
You'll almost certainly become bored with your worries long before your hour is
up. Eventually you will realize that anything as boring as that can't possibly be as bad as you
Another technique, if you don't have time to set aside to devote to worrying, is
to simply come up with an image to throw out a worry every time it enters your head. Try, for example, picturing a
flashing red light or big stop sign, or a barrier dropping across your mind whenever and anxious thought pops
Or picture the anxiety as a weed in your mental garden and yank it up by its
roots each time you see it poking through! After some practice, your mind will automatically start blocking
Panic Attack Treatment with Medication
Because the symptoms which accompany a panic attack may also be symptoms from a
genuine medical disorder, and unless the possibility of a medical disorder is eliminated by a doctor, using
medication to control the symptoms
will do nothing to address the underlying condition. Once you have been diagnosed with panic attacks, however,
your doctor may prescribe as a panic attack treatment one or more of five different kinds of
Antidepressants are classified either as MAO inhibitors, as tricyclic
antidepressants (TCAs), or as SSRIs. MAO inhibitors prevent a brain chemical from breaking down and reabsorbing two
neurotransmitters, norepinephrine and serotonin. TCAs also have an effect on the amount of norepinephrine and
serotonin circulating in the brain.
SSRIs, or Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors, target serotonin and slow the
rate at which the brain’s neurons reabsorb it.
Benzodiazepines are simply minor sedatives or tranquilizers like Valium. They
are very popular among people suffering from panic attacks, because they work quickly. But this can lead to
Although beta blockers are most commonly used to treat hypertension, they do a
good job of controlling the major symptoms of panic attack including elevated heart rate and excessive
Antihistamines are effective in people whose panic attack symptoms result from
the inner ear disturbances.
Only a doctor familiar with panic attack treatment can determine which type of
medication is best for a given individual. But almost any doctor will recommend that, regardless of your
medication, you also undergo cognitive behavioral therapy if you want the most effective panic attack
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