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Do you suffer from anxiety or panic attacks? You are likely familiar with the shortness of breath, pounding heart, dizziness, and stomach issues that are associated with anxiety. What an outsider might not understand is that panic attacks are a very private thing. You are typically worried about irrational fears -- you know it's irrational but you can't help it.
You may feel shame about how far your fear has gone and how much it has affected your life. Because of this, a lot of panic attack sufferers do not seek help. Those who do seek help can find it in a variety of ways.
Solutions: Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy
Most specialists agree that a combination of cognitive and behavioral therapies is the best kind of help for panic disorders. A lot of times you can find the help simply by being informed and understanding what a panic disorder is. You learn to perceive your fears; you are not going crazy. You are not having a heart attack. And you are not going to die from a panic attack.
Cognitive therapy helps sufferers to replace their negative thoughts with more positive and realistic thoughts. Behavioral therapies focus on exposure to the actual physical sensations that you experience during a panic attack. Most people are not afraid of the experience, they are afraid of the attack itself. For instance, you are not afraid of the people in a social setting, you are afraid of the embarrassment of having a panic attack in a social setting.
Therapy also allows you to go through small manageable steps. Again, using social settings as an example, this may start off as just being able to get into your car to go to a party. This allows you to just deal with the feelings and emotions of being in the car. You teach yourself to not focus on the situation that lies ahead or the consequences of your fear.
Everyone goes through these steps at their own pace. One sufferer might need to arrive at a social setting, stay for ten minutes then leave a dozen times before they show progress. Another person might be able to force themselves through the situation with the heart palpitations and other symptoms to learn that they were able to get through the event and the next one will be easier.
There are many natural options to complement your therapy. You can choose from gentle herbs, relaxation techniques, positive visualization, aromatherapy, yoga and other special exercises, and support groups. Integrating these lifestyle enhancements is vital for your long-term health and healing!
Panic attack sufferers might also find the help that they need through medication. Medication is typically used to control the symptoms of panic attacks. They can also reduce the number of panic attacks as well as their severity. Plus, they will reduce the fear and anxiety associated with having another attack.
However, they should never be used on a long-term basis, as sufferers may use them as a permanent solution instead of trying to solve the underlying problem through therapy and lifestyle changes.
You Will Get Better!
Although panic attacks can be a very private thing, it does affect a large number of people. With so many afflicted by it, you are going to have an easier time finding the anxiety treatment you need.
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