A Few Common Sense Ways for Knowing How to Deal With Panic Attacks

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Whether you know it or not, everyone has a bit of anxiety in their lives. For some people, the anxiety becomes so overwhelming that they suffer from panic attacks. For others, it’s almost as if the anxiety doesn’t even exist because it rarely interferes with anything.

What about you? What is your anxiety like? Do you often find yourself with a tight chest, unable to catch your breath? Do you get extremely overwhelmed when something doesn’t go as you have planned?

Anxiety is a condition that should not be overlooked or ignored. It is a real health concern that should be treated both timely and effectively.

As for now, let’s take a quick look at 10 ways to deal with panic attacks.

Medication Is Your New Best Friend

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When suffering from anxiety attacks, medication should be your new best friend. From Xanax to Valium, there are many types of medications that a doctor may prescribe you. Do keep in mind that in order to get the best treatment from a doctor for anxiety, you’ll need to visit one who specializes in this field of study. You don’t want a doctor who performs heart surgeries 12 hours a day to treat your anxiety. Instead, you want a physician who treats anxiety 12 hours a day.

Your doctor will explain to you the exact way that you’re supposed to take your medication. Some people find it beneficial to take their medicine each and every day (morning). Others are instructed to take it only when a panic attack starts. Always make sure that you’re following medication directions exactly as prescribed by your doctor.

Steer Clear of the Things that Cause You to Panic

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If being on the subway causes you to have panic attacks, then it of course makes sense that you’ll want to avoid riding the subway. In fact, anything that triggers a panic attack should be avoided. This may mean that you have to live a fairly boring life, but hey, it’s better to live calmly than to constantly feel like you can’t breathe, right? When you do find yourself in situations that are likely to cause a panic attack, remember to take your medication and to find a place where you can walk around and breathe fresh air.

Accept that Panic Attacks are Scary

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The first time that a person has a panic attack, this is likely the worst. As time goes by and more panic attacks are endured, the associated fear and scariness tends to ease up a bit. Still yet, panic attacks are scary! There’s no need in trying to convince yourself otherwise because in all actuality a panic attack makes you feel like you can’t breathe, and if that doesn’t scare you, then you’re one tough cookie. The sooner you accept that it’s okay to think of panic attacks as scary, the sooner you’ll be able to treat them more effectively.

It’s Not Exactly Rational

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Panic itself doesn’t tend to come about due to rational reasons. For example, if you often have panic attacks when riding a subway and you’ve never had a bad experience with subways, then what’s the rationality behind having your attacks? There is none, and it’s because of this that you should never tell yourself that there’s some magic formula for “shutting off” panic attacks. You simply need to accept the fact that the condition is not based on rational reasons.

9. It’s Okay to Feel Embarassed

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Having a panic attack in front of a bunch of people will likely be embarrassing, and it should. After all, who in the world starts flipping out because an elevator gets stuck for 10 seconds? Most people don’t. It’s because panic attacks can be embarrassing that you need to go ahead and accept the fact that it’s okay to be embarrassed. The sooner you accept that panic attacks are embarrassing, the sooner you’ll be able to appropriately deal with them.

There’s a Good Chance You Suffer from Depression

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Did you know that panic attacks tend to go hand-in-hand with depression? In fact, many times, if you treat your depression effectively, you’ll find that your panic attacks are greatly reduced in both number and severity. If you have depression, make sure that you’re treating it right. If you have never been assessed for depression, it’s time to set up an appointment with a physician who specializes in this field of study. You might find that your doctor can prescribe you a medication that treats both anxiety and depression simultaneously.

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