Before I get into the treatment of panic attacks, we’ll go over some of the basics as to what causes panic attacks to occur. Excessive anxiety is on of the main reasons why panic attacks occur, in fact, all a panic attack is a sudden spike of fear/anxiety that comes unexpectedly and without any obvious reason. If you are reading this article, however, you probably are well acquainted with panic attacks, and probably know more than you want to about them.
There is no need to worry if you suffer from anxiety, or panic attacks. Nearly 1/3 of American adults have at least one panic attack, but don’t develop repeated attacks. Surprisingly, with all the talk about OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder), bipolar disorder, PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder), etc, panic attacks actually surpass those in terms of emotional disorders.
If you think you suffer from panic attacks, but are unsure, listed below are the most common symptoms of panic attacks:
- difficulty breathing/shortness of breath
- very fast-paced heartbeat
- excessive nervousness, shakiness, or stress
- paralytic terror every once in a while
- choking or chest pains
- dizziness, nausea, or feeling light-headed
- sudden chills and/or hot flashes
- excessive anxiety or fear
- “pins and needles” on your fingers and toes
If you suffer from a significant amount of those symptoms, there’s a good chance that you suffer from panic attacks. There are many ways to find information on how to treat anxiety attacks, unfortunately, there is no one set way to teach so I won’t be able to go over all of them in this article. You can contact local agencies to get you the help and/or the prescriptions you need to get over this problem. Don’t fret, however, it is a curable disorder and shouldn’t be left alone.
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Do an internet search on some of the following agencies: American Counseling Association, American Psychiatric Association, American Psychological Association, Anxiety Disorders Association of America, Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy, Freedom From Fear, NAMI, National Anxiety Foundation… the list goes on. After finding websites to some of those different organizations, you can either call or usually write an Email and they will get back to you with some questions on your panic attack “level” and tell you the best possible way to treat your panic attacks.
Panic attacks can alter our moods, our perception, and ruin some of the many moments in life that we would otherwise find breathtaking. Nobody should have to deal with panic attacks when there is help available—and there is plenty of help available when it comes to panic attacks and anxiety attacks.