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Panic Attack Medication

Controlling your anxiety disorder may be as simple as being prescribed the right panic attack medication. Of course, prescription medications can be highly effective in combating anxiety disorder, but they are by no means the only form of successful treatment. Many people opt for natural alternatives, such as relaxation and breathing techniques, herbs, and shifts in diet and exercise.

The challenge with prescription drugs is that many of them inherently come with the risk of adverse side effects. While drugs like diazepam (Valium), Effexor, and other anti-anxiety and/or anti-depressant medications may be useful in extreme cases, they may lead to dependency, as well as a whole host of other challenges.

Let’s take a quick look at some of the panic attack medication options you have at your disposal:

1. Benzodiazepines – The problem with this type of medication is that it can have an extremely intoxicating effect on the user, leading to a whole host of productivity and general functionality issues. Most commonly marketed as Xanax, this drug is best used in moments of extreme anxiety. A good example of this would be an individual who is terrified of flying taking the drug prior to boarding the aircraft.

2. Beta Blockers – These include Atenolol and Propranolol, and are generally quite powerful in treating the symptoms of anxiety. The challenge is, often times when we are experiencing any type of symptoms, that is our body’s way of alerting us to the fact that something is wrong. If we take drugs to ignore these important messages, we may end up in worse condition than we started off in.

3. Tricyclic Antidepressants – This line of antidepressants includes Nortriptyline, Imipramine, and Desipramine. These medications have an accumulative effect on the neurotransmitters of the human brain. Over time, they begin to stabilize the way these neurotransmitters interact with your natural biochemistry.

It is generally best to keep medication as your last resort. Obviously, most people turn to it as their first line of defense, but I’ve got an alternative suggestion that may get the job done even more effectively, while sparing you from negative side effects. Lifestyle.

Diet and exercise are the most important two things a person can pay attention to in their lives. Without your health, you’ve got nothing. And generally speaking, anxiety and panic attacks are just symptoms of an unhealthy body. We pollute ourselves with chemically processed foods and drinks, a sedentary lifestyle, and negative thoughts.

When the vast majority of your diet consists of raw, organic, high water-content fruits and vegetables, along with raw nuts, seeds, and whole grains… and you get plenty of quality exercise, it becomes almost impossible for any significant disorder to develop, including anxiety.

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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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Help for Panic Attacks

Help for Panic Attacks

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Finding help for panic attacks is always a more fruitful endeavor if you do it before the situation gets out of control. Of course, no matter how severe the symptoms may be, there is no wrong time to seek out help for panic attacks. This can be a downright debilitating and hellish experience, and learning how to not only cope with it, but how to actually take the necessary steps to eradicate it altogether is very powerful, indeed.

The most frightful thing about panic attacks is their self-perpetuating nature. Extreme anxiety leads to physical symptoms which leads to greater anxiety which leads to more intense physical symptoms… and this cycle can continue until the afflicted individual hyperventilates, passes out, “rides it out,” or actually makes a trip to the ER, which is not rare by any means.

The good news is that there are many ways to handle panic attacks, and they have all been proven effective to some extent. The most obvious ways to find help for panic attacks is to seek medical or psychological assistance. There are numerous prescription anti-anxiety medications designed to balance out the activity of neurotransmitters in your brain. These drugs will usually have a therapeutic, calming effect on the individual.

There are also psychological therapies that which include gestalt therapy, group therapy, hypnotherapy, and NLP (neuro-linguistic programming). These therapies are designed to not only help you cope with your own thought patterns and lessen your symptoms, but to also help you reprogram your mind so that the coping process becomes automatic and unconscious.

Perhaps the most effective treatment option of all is a lifestyle change. Aerobic exercise combined with strength training will allow you to work the tension out of your joints and muscles, oxygenate your body, and release endorphins and other natural, “feel good” chemicals throughout your body and mind. Likewise, a diet consisting of mostly raw, organic produce and whole grains will feed your brain, balance your hormones, and restore your body to optimal functioning.

One more note about diet: When you eat chemically processed, prepackaged, high-sodium, high-sugar, trans fat laden “foods,” you don’t do yourself any favors at all. This includes hormone-pumped meats, fast food, microwave meals, chips, candy, soda, caffeine, and anything else that our bodies don’t recognize as natural. Many of these foods mess up your hormones and give you a mild form of insanity, while others are viewed by the body as poisons. When your body feels like it’s being poisoned, it panics… and therefore, YOU panic!

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