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Cure for Panic Attacks

Before determining if a cure for panic attacks is what you really need to be looking for, it is important to get a thorough physical exam from a doctor. Not to scare you, but as the symptoms of panic attacks are generally physical in nature (shortness of breath, chest pain, rapid heartbeat, etc), you may just want to be clear that you are, in fact, suffering from panic attacks and not something more serious.

Look into your family history, as well as your own past. If heart disease, heart attacks, and any other cardio-pulmonary malfunctions are prevalent, then this is especially important. While it most often works in the opposite way, and people who think they’re suffering from a heart attack or some other serious episode are actually experiencing a panic attack, it simply isn’t wise to immediately jump to this conclusion. Better safe than sorry.

Panic attacks are not an uncommon occurrence by any means. They can vary greatly in severity and as you may expect, the more mild they are in nature, the more easily treatable they are. Because these are almost an entirely biochemical phenomenon, the disorder leading to panic attacks can be greatly influenced by diet, exercise, and conscious physiological manipulation (smiling more, breathing more fully, relaxation techniques, etc.)

The degree to which the foods and beverages we consume can affect anxiety and panic is profound. Stimulant drinks like coffee, soda, and energy drinks perpetuate the problem in significant fashion. Also, “non foods” that many of us eat on a regular basis, such as fast food, prepackaged microwave meals, desserts, candy, and other chemically altered foods are generally recognized by the body as poisons. The body sends in extra white blood cells and other defenses in to save you from these poisons, and in so doing, it releases excess adrenaline in order to speed up the process.

The most common symptoms of panic attacks include shortness of breath (sometimes to the point of hyperventilation or fainting) and elevated heart rate. While it certainly isn’t the be-all, end-all treatment for panic attacks, the most immediate action you can take if you happen to be experiencing any of these symptoms is to consciously control your breathing. Deep, steady, and deliberate breaths are what you’re looking for, as these can get your heart rate back to where it should be, effectively lowering the intensity of your experience.

Another powerful way to reduce anxiety’s grip on you is to exercise regularly. The reasons for this are too numerous to mention here, but the big ones are mood enhancement, heart strengthening, enhanced breathing capacity, and tension relief. I cannot stress the importance of exercise in combatting panic attacks enough. Do yourself a favor and research this subject.

Other, more conventional treatment options include various medications and psychological counseling. If you are able to find a true cure for panic attacks going the mainstream medical route, then more power to you. Of course, lifestyle change (diet and exercise) will likely have the most profound impact, but the key is to not get locked into the process and instead focus on the result you’re after, which is permanent freedom from anxiety and panic attacks.

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