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Friday, February 12, 2010

Afraid of Anxiety Attacks? 3 Easy Ways to Keep Them From Recurring

By Lance Henry
Have you suffered from a racing heartbeat, uncontrollable sweating, the overwhelming feeling of nausea? If so, you know how unpleasant it is and the very prospect of having it happen sometime in the future - often without warning, scares the heck out of you.
I had panic attacks all the time - to the point I was unable to function normally. Follow along and find out how I easily, and completely, have kept them from recurring for over seven years now.
This Is Not About Finding The Right Drug
Firstly, drug therapy does not work for panic attacks. So-called anti-anxiety drugs (benzodiazepines) or anti-depressants (SSRIs, MAOIs, tricyclic antidepressants) often control symptoms, not the root cause of your anxiety. Further, their use is still fraught with controversy, even among the experts.
Anxiety attacks are physical manifestations, or reactions, to what is happening in your mind. While this might scare you to think that you are reacting so inexplicably to your thoughts, you also have the capacity to control these thoughts and ultimately how they affect you.
Manage Stress: Drive Out Anxiousness
I use a variety of ways to lower my "stress thermostat" so the rising level of anxiousness doesn't trigger another attack. I've changed my diet to abstain from high amounts of sugar or caffeine, I'm more physically active to let off any nervous steam and perform stress-reducing "time outs" a few minutes each day (stretching, breathing, meditating).
Take Charge Of Those Panic Attack Thoughts Or Situations
Obviously, managing your stress won't do everything to keep panic attacks from happening. The answer to handling situations that may trigger a panic attack - or even stop an attack while it's happening is cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), which is just an important-sounding name for a systematic way of working through dysfunctional emotions, thoughts and behaviors.
In a nutshell, CBT has a number of methods to both control your thoughts and your reactions to those thoughts and it's quite flexible with what you might be dealing with. For example, if you have a panic attack-inducing situational phobia, say arachnophobia (the fear of spiders), you might use a number of relaxation techniques combined with gradual exposure to the phobic scenario. I've used this successfully with a number of phobias and continue to have resolved them many years later.
Use The Same Guide I Did To Rid Yourself of Panic Attacks
Want to live without the fear of recurring panic attacks? I have a guide at my website, that will show, step by step, how to easily and effectively rid yourself of panic and anxiety.

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