Discover Treatments for Panic Attacks

Sudden fear of unexplained impending danger can hinder normal activities.

By Gretchen S. Borowski *

HEALTH Panic attacks are symptomatic of a serious medical condition. Left untreated, it can hinder a person from doing normal, everyday activities. These attacks evoke the feeling of sudden intense fear coupled with many other symptoms. Like most sicknesses, the sooner you treat it the easier it will be to resolve. So if you suspect you are suffering from this condition, identify the symptoms and discover various cures available for these attacks.

Anxiety Symptoms [1]
  • Smothering sensations and shortness of breath
  • Racing heart, slow heart beat, palpitations
  • Chest Pain
  • Lump in throat & difficulty swallowing
  • Skin losing color (blanching)
  • Sweating
  • Shaking or shivering (visibly or internally)
  • Neck & shoulder pain & numbness in face or head
  • Rapid gastric emptying
  • Indigestion, heartburn, constipation and diarrhea
  • Symptoms of urinary tract infection
  • Skin rashes
  • Weakness in arms & tingling in the hands or feet
  • Electric shock feeling anywhere in the body
  • Dry mouth
  • Insomnia
  • Nightmares
  • Fears of going mad or losing control
  • Increased depression & suicidal feelings
  • Aggression
  • Symptoms like 'flu'
  • Distorted vision
  • Disturbed hearing
  • Hormone problems
  • Headaches & feelings of having a tight band around head
  • Sore eyes
  • Agoraphobia
  • Hallucinations
  • Creeping or pins and needles sensations in the skin (paresthesia)
  • Increased sensitivity to light, sound, touch, and smell
  • Hyperactivity
  • Dramatic increase in sexual feelings
  • Pain in the face or jaw that resembles a toothache
  • Derealisation and depersonalisation

When attacks aren't so severe, you might easily treat them on your own with home remedies. These are pretty simple but really require patience and dedication to be effective. To cure these attacks, you need to practice doing breathing exercises and relaxing activities at home. Simply doing these two things during an attack will help eliminate the symptoms. Another thing you can do is avoid smoking and drinking beverages with caffeine as these are known to trigger attacks.

You may seek professional help for your peace of mind and knowing that someone is there to assist you really improves this condition. You will likely go through cognitive behavioral therapy, which focuses on sessions where you will be trained to brush away the feeling of fear you get from these attacks. Another possible treatment is exposure therapy. This method helps by placing yourself in similar scenarios as you would if you were experiencing an attack. The goal is to help you deal with the experience and learn to live with it.

Treatment is also done by combining both therapy and medication. In general, there are two kinds of medication treatments; antidepressants and benzodiazepines. The difference between the two is that the latter is more addicting and is considered dangerous. Most doctors would usually prescribe antidepressants but the downside to it is that it takes a little longer for it to take effect.

There are also natural techniques available for curing panic attacks. These techniques are usually created by those who have suffered from panic and anxiety as well.

Knowing the available treatments will help you find the one that suits you the best. Remember that not all treatments work as well from one person to the next. Regardless, it is still important that you are able to counter the effects and prevent attacks from happening.

* Syndicated. Tags: depression, emotions, endocrinology, panic disorder, psychiatry, psychology

References
  1. Anxiety and Panic Attack Symptoms. NpadNews.com
  2. Anxiety Attacks Versus Panic Attacks: What's the Difference? About.com
  3. Difference Between Social Anxiety and Panic Disorder. SocialAnxietyInstitute.org