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Sunday, January 17, 2010

Methods in Which to End Panic Attacks

By Joseph P. Landry
Millions of people worldwide suffer from panic attacks, which can often control their lives. Are you an individual who has experienced a high level of stress and anxiety? Do you feel as if these attacks have taken control of your mind and body? Do you fear as if you no longer have control over your being? You need to know that there are proven methods which will permanently end panic attacks that occur frequently.
The reason that these attacks can be so debilitating is the toll that they take on you mentally and physically. For an individual who experiences these attacks, they frequently make it hard for him/her to live anywhere close to what can be called a "normal" routine daily. They can be impossible to predict as to when/where they will take place. Once these attacks occur, they have the potential to escalate into something very dangerous for the individual's welfare. That is why you must be pro-active in wanting to seek treatment to end this disorder.
The most important step towards ending panic attacks is to try and figure out what triggers them in the first place. You as an individual would be advised to seek professional help, instead of trying to treat them on your own. Consult with a licensed doctor to figure out what is the trigger(s) which cause these attacks to take place. A trigger could be the result of a traumatic event which has occurred in your life, (which happened with me individually as I, too, once suffered from panic attacks which developed into an anxiety order). The individual constantly re-playing the event in his/her mind exacts a toll on his/her brain. Another trigger could be the fear of something - flying in a jet, being in the dark, a fear of heights, the potential loss of a job, a potential health problem, and etc. When the trigger begins to happen, often the brain fantasizes the worst possible final scenario. This often leads to an actual attack.
Many doctors now educate their patients who suffer from panic attacks by providing them with behavior-modification exercises. A well known behavioral exercise has been developed in which a patient counts down from 20 to 1. The individual participates in this exercise if he/she believes that an attack is oncoming. The individual is instructed to only give the attack 20 seconds to actually take place. The patient treats the attack personally, as an affront to his/her very being. The patient is to only allow 20 seconds for any impending attack. Not one second more. The patient will not allow it to happen once he reaches the count of 1. Through this exercise, the patient learns that it is he/she who is the one in control of his mind and body. Not the panic attack. Statistical results have proven that by engaging in this exercise often, the result is that eventually any attack itself often never occurs.
The individual who suffers from panic attacks might also be told to get involved with relaxation exercises, yoga, and/or breathing exercises to regulate and control his/her level of stress and anxiety. Getting involved in a fitness or workout routine has also proven to be successful, as this method also reduces stress. Again, if you are the individual who has experienced these attacks, then by all means make an attempt to do something about it. Seek treatment.
Choose to end panic attacks by not allowing them to take complete control of your being. Doing nothing about them is the worst thing that you could possibly do, which could lead to serious, and potentially permanent damage inflicted on your mind and body. Now that you have read this article and might seek further information, I highly encourage you to visit the following site:
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