Panic Attacks Treatment
Are there some situations that you simply must avoid? Do you worry that you may have a panic attack at a time when it may be dangerous to yourself or others? Is the very thought of past panic attack experiences almost enough to bring on another? If you have answered yes to any of the above, you obviously know the terror of panic attacks and the problems having a panic disorder can cause in your life.
Fortunately there is no reason to let panic attacks, or the fear of having them, take over your life. While breathing into a paper bag used to be recommended (and is now rather discouraged), there are now a variety of different panic attacks treatment that can treat panic disorder. These range from psychological therapy to self-help methods to medication. Cognitive behavior therapy is a treatment that seems to have the longest lasting effect.
Cognitive behavior therapy is used as a panic therapy by helping people to better understand their condition. In the beginning, the sufferer is usually just given information about panic disorder. For many people simply understanding what is going on in their minds and bodies is very helpful to them in dealing with the problem. Also, knowing how many people suffer from the problem is comforting and makes the problem seem less monumental.
Part of the benefit of being well educated on the subject is that it helps one to feel more in control. Instead of just experiencing a wave of frightening symptoms, they can actually understand what is going on in their bodies, rather than feel that they are losing control, going crazy or having a heart attack. This change in mindset is extremely effective in helping to deal with panic attacks.
The second most effective type of panic attacks treatment is medication. Antidepressants such as SSRIs have anti-anxiety properties that have proven effective in helping to prevent panic attacks. These are taken daily and help to block the symptoms experienced during a panic attack. Anti-anxiety drugs are also effective in limiting panic attacks but there is a tendency to become dependent on them and other problems make their use controversial.
There are other panic attacks treatments available when a need is seen, but cognitive behavior therapy and medication are the two most commonly reverted to.
With a condition like panic disorder people often feel alone in facing the problem. They think there is something wrong with them and sometimes don’t seek treatment until the attacks become more frequent and often have developed phobias of certain places or situations in which they had a panic attack. This is why getting treatment early on can prevent a lot of problems occurring later on.