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Treatment for Panic Attacks Before You Are Being Attacked

Posted By: Adam Rise on September 14, 2011 at 8:58 am

Panic attacks often come without any obvious warning signs. They can be spontaneous, and happen at any time of day. People have even been known to suffer an attack when they are feeling calm, whilst relaxing, watching the television, and even asleep. What treatment for panic attacks will actually work for them, depends on various factors as there are many ways to stop panic attack.

Accept you are having an attack and assure yourself that it will be alright, and it WILL be alright. Some people find this self treatment technique can significantly reduce how severe an attack becomes. The less you panic, the more in control you should feel, and the quicker the attack will pass. Staying in control of your symptoms, naturally, is possible.

When someone has been diagnosed, there are several self help treatments they can try. But first, they need to learn to recognize quickly, when the attack is coming. Remember, you’re not going crazy. It WILL be alright. Some feel their heart start to race, and their muscles becoming tense. Try to relax the shoulders, and any other muscles which may feel tense. Keep breathing slow and deep.

For most people, reassurance and natural relaxation techniques work. Attacks can pass relatively quickly, in less than half an hour. If natural methods are failing, it might also be time to try medication. Despite this, it is a good idea to consult your medical physician. If only to rule out the possibility of any other medical conditions. If you feel it necessary to seek medical advice during an attack, the doctor may give you an anti anxiety drug, such as Diazepam or Lorazepam. However, the hospital may not feel it is necessary to prescribe them. It is not unusual to attend an evaluation by a mental health professional first.

There is the possibility that a different, underlying disorder, might be the real culprit. If the professionals do decide medication is necessary, there are several drugs that could be prescribed. The primary one’s tend to be Zoloft, Prozac, Lutox and Paxil. They are all Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors, or SSRI’s. Trials show they can reduce attacks by up to eighty five percent. Some doctors might prescribe a drug type known as Benzodiazepines, you might be more familiar with the names Valium and Ativan.The problem is, the patient quickly builds a tolerance to the drugs, and suffer withdraw symptoms as a result. They are also found to be less effective, only reducing the frequency of attacks by up to seventy five percent.

Anti depressants and MAO inhibitors have also been used in the past, made redundant due to it’s side effects are just too intolerable for most. The treatment for panic attacks depends greatly on the what cause’s them in the first place.

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