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Identifying Different Types of Panic Attacks

Panic attacks are never pleasant and can seem very difficult to overcome. However, by learning about the different types of panic attacks, you can identify the source of your problem and even work to lessen or cure the cause of your anxiety.

Nocturnal Panic Attacks

Do you ever wake up in the middle of the night drenched in sweat, gasping, your heart pounding, all for absolutely no discernable reason? If this sounds familiar, you’ve experienced a nocturnal panic attack. While these types of panic attacks are considerably less common than panic attacks during the daytime, they’re still a legitimate cause of many of the physical symptoms.

One of the most common causes of nocturnal panic attacks is going to bed when you’re already anxious about something. This fear can affect your dreams and your quality of sleep.

You can help prevent nocturnal panic attacks by alleviating the physical symptoms of your fear so that they don’t manifest again while you’re sleeping. You can accomplish this by practicing deep breathing and muscle relaxation.

Talking to someone about the problem and taking steps to solve it can also be very beneficial in calming your fear. In extreme cases, you may need to resort to therapy and anti-anxiety medicines to stop your body from abruptly triggering these distressing physical and mental symptoms of sourceless anxiety.

Driving Related Panic Attacks

Driving a vehicle can be a very stressful, frightening experience. There are thousands of people all over the world who suffer from this kind of anxiety. What many people don’t know is that, much of the time, drivers don’t fear the act of driving itself. Rather, they become afraid of having a panic attacks while driving.

You can overcome these types of panic attacks by confronting the source of your fear. The more you drive, the easier it will be to attach positive associations to the experience.

Start out driving in remote locations with few cars. Grow accustomed to the nuances of your car or truck, such as controlling the brakes, gas pedal, the manual transmission or gear shift, headlights, and windshield wipers. Drive in silence, or play discreet, soothing music. You may even want to have someone with you in the car while you drive, as to not feel so isolated. As you start to get used to the act of driving, slowly experiment with driving in more populated areas. In time, the act of driving will seem more natural to you.

Menopausal Anxiety Disorders

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Panic attacks related to menopause are fairly common among women. These types of panic attacks are caused when hormonal fluctuations cause sudden shifts in mood. These anxiety attacks can triggered by anything, whether the fear is rational or irrational.

If you’re suffering from menopausal anxiety attacks, there are a variety of ways in which you can help ease these symptoms. Sometimes, for example, these mood fluctuations are caused when you are lacking in one supplement or another. By consulting your doctor, you can find out what nutrients your body is lacking and compensate for them accordingly.

You can also help ease the symptoms of panic attacks by identifying the source of your fear and taking steps to rationalize the anxiety and solve any related problems. Taking action can be one of the most effective cures for your fears. If your panic attack become too severe, however, you may wish to result to anti-anxiety therapy and medication.

Substance Related Panic Attacks

Did you know that by ingesting caffeine, nicotine, and other stimulants, you risk bringing on panic attacks? Stimulants such as these significantly increase the heart rate, resulting in rapid breathing, sweating, and dizziness. Excessive consumption of coffee, soda, cigarettes, and other drugs, combined with sudden causes for anxiety, such as a startling sound or a sudden tragedy, can trigger panic attacks more often than if you cut these stimulants from your diet. You can ease the symptoms of substance related panic attacks by drinking water, breathing deeply, and consuming food.

No matter what triggers your fear, it’s important to remember that overcoming your attacks isn’t impossible. For more information on preventing these types of panic attacks, consult your doctor today.

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