A panic attack is a sudden feeling of intense fear that begins for no apparent reason and triggers severe physical reactions. You may feel frightened to leave your house or to be left alone in case something awful might happen to you. You may feel suffocated, shaking, stomach pain and muscle pain all over your body. You may thing you are losing your mind, or even dying.
After having these panic attacks the first few times, you start to be afraid of the next panic attack. You may find yourself on guard all the time, afraid of the next surprise panic attack. Just the idea of having another painful fear is paralyzing you. Who can you trust? Are you alone feeling like this? Are you going crazy? Are you dying? Panic disorder is a living hell. The good news is that you shouldn't believe anyone that tells you that this condition can not be cured.
Most people, in an attempt to prevent panic attacks, try to avoid situations that trigger them. Any place that makes them feel unsafe, they avoid. This is not the way to go – this only gets them occupied and even more focused on the next panic attack. This only leads to greater fear and the problem gets worse.
What causes panic attacks?
Panic attacks are caused by many physical, mental and emotional triggers. Sometimes genetics are involved and this may surprise you – but did you know that even certain allergies and food types can trigger anxiety and panic attacks? There are also a few medications that can cause panic attacks and of course there are memories and trauma involved. Upsetting everyday events and bad memories combines can also cause panic attacks
When you're not in a state of anxiety or panic, make a list of things that scare you. When it's done, write down reassuring and calming statements that relax you. The exact opposite of your fears. When the next panic attack emerges, take this list and use it immediately. Fill your list with lots of soothing messages.
This will be very helpful to prevent panic attacks. It is very important to stop the panic attack dead in its tracks and this is an easy way to do that.
* Join a support group for people with panic attacks; discover that you are far from being alone and share experiences and panic relief methods.
* Avoid caffeine and alcohol, both of them can trigger your next panic attacks.
* Practice relaxation techniques, like Meditation and yoga.
* Get some exercise – physical activity will lift your spirits and improve your confidence (yes! Try it out!), since aerobic activity
* Get good nights sleep — sleeping problems will exhaust you and you can get more vulnerable to panic attacks.
There is an amazing simple way to prevent panic attacks permanently, but you will not hear about it from your psychiatrist, doctor or drug company. It involves cognitive therapy – easy to follow steps without using any medication.