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Panic Attack Symptoms

If you have experienced panic attack symptoms, or what you believe may have been symptoms of a panic attack, then you will certainly be able to identify with the symptoms described in this article. Before we jump right into it, however, it is worth noting that panic attacks and anxiety in general are certainly treatable, though consciously attempting to “talk yourself down” rarely works. So if you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is best to either seek out professional help, or radically change your lifestyle. We will touch on both of these options momentarily.

A few of the more common symptoms people who suffer from panic attacks include:

* A racing heartbeat. Sometimes your heart may beat so aggressively that you can actually hear it.
* Shortness of breath; hyperventilation
* Dry, constricted throat
* Racing thought; inability to focus
* Thoughts of constant doom. Always bracing yourself for something dreadful.
* Inability to make eye contact
* Muscle twitches
* Intense sweating coupled with any of the above
* Uncontrollable shaking; trembling
* Extreme chills
* Incredible anger and hostility, like you’re about to snap
* Silence; inability to talk
* Nausea; stomach cramps
* Dizziness; fainting

The problem with many of these symptoms is that they very strongly perpetuate other symptoms, and can lead to deeper and deeper states of panic. The most important thing to do if you are experiencing a panic attack is to take a huge drink of water and just lie down. Do not try to play mental games with yourself or try to use visualization, as your brain likely will be unable to focus and will probably just turn any thought into a negative anyway.

Nope, don’t try to solve a panic attack with brainpower. Instead, use your body. Even if you are at the peak of the attack and you feel nauseous and short of breath, take a big drink of water and start moving your body like you mean it. Do some pushups. Go for a run. This may sound really bizarre, but it is actually quite powerful. It takes the power away from the attack and puts you in the driver’s seat.

Once the panic attack has ended, it is a good idea to start seeking out treatment immediately. There are drugs your doctor can prescribe to you, such as Xanax or Effexor, that may be able to help you out. You can also engage in relaxation therapies, NLP (neuro-linguistic programming), and even hypnosis. Ultimately, however, I believe it comes down to the original suggestion: exercise. Exercising your cardiovascular system, along with your muscles, helps to keep you loose, strong, oxygenated, and biochemically balanced. If you throw a healthy diet full of raw, organic veggies and fruits into the mix, you should be able to kick this thing’s butt, no problem!

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Panic Attack Disorder

Anyone suffering from panic attack disorder undoubtedly understands that this can be not only one of the most confusing and nightmarish experiences that an otherwise sane person can have, but that it can also dramatically limit one’s options for enjoying a healthy, normal, productive life. In fact, many people who suffer from panic attack disorder can’t even get themselves to leave the house! Indeed, this is a problem that deserves immediate attention.

There is nothing nice about experiencing a panic attack. This is due in large part to its self-perpetuating nature. What do I mean? Well, if you’ve got panic attack disorder, you will likely go through a vicious cycle of encountering the physical symptoms associated with extreme anxiety disorder, which can lead to a state of panic, which will in turn make the physical symptoms more intense, which will likely lead to greater panic, and so on. When this cycle starts, the two most common outcomes are that either the person detaches and sleeps, or they pay an immediate visit to the ER.

One of the most frustrating aspects of this condition is how widely misunderstood it is by the public at large. A lot of people will say that it’s just in your head. Some may think you’re just trying to get attention and that you’re making the whole thing up. Of course the truth is, this is a very real, biochemical and even physiological phenomenon that simply cannot be wished away. And most people who suffer from panic anxiety disorder really, truly wish they were just making it up. But they know otherwise.

The trouble with treating this condition is that it can strike at any moment and when it does, you can easily lose your ability to cope. For this reason, the most effective treatment options are rarely related to “learning new coping skills” or any other cognitive approach to getting a grip on the situation. Again, this is a biochemical condition which must be treated on a biochemical level.

For this reason, the treatments with the greatest success rate, as well as the most profound and immediate results, are usually either medical or lifestyle-related. Diet and exercise can have a radical impact on your daily biochemistry, and the higher your level of overall health and fitness, the less likely it will be for a disturbance to occur. Likewise, medical treatments such as anti-anxiety and anti-depressant medications can have a powerful positive effect, though these may come with side effects, making a healthy lifestyle your very best bet.

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