Coping with panic attacks is a long term process that involves the blending of medications, techniques, behaviour modification and therapies to help maintain a manageable level of stress. Many things weigh on your mind, family, work and responsibilities. These pressures mount and cause feelings of anxiety. The following is a discussion on the different avenues available to coping with panic attacks.
Benzodiazepines type medicine such as Valium, Xanax and Ativan are prescription drugs meant to help a patient deal with Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD). They are used as a mean to provide short term relief.
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI’s) such as Prozac, Paxil or Zoloft may be prescribed to a patient as a form of long term treatment. For patients suffering from severe panic attacks, they are given anti-seizure drugs. One’s discretion must be exercised when using the drugs because they can hinder the body’s natural system of coping with panic attacks.
Therapy and Counselling
Therapy employs different techniques to maximize relaxation and change thinking process and lifestyle. Cognitive therapy focuses on changing the emotions that fuel the root cause of the disorder. It attempts to divert thinking patterns in a positive manner to rationalize and face the patient’s base fears.
The patient is also urged to learn more and understand the causes and symptoms of panic attacks. The knowledge that he acquires will prepare him should a panic attack act up again. Yoga and meditation sessions are effective in soothing one’s mind as well and are therapeutic sessions where the patient is freed of stress. He can seek solace in support groups where he will find fellow victims.
Over the centuries, there have been many medicinal herbs used to help one in coping with anxiety. Some of them are offered to the patient in the form of warm tea or tincture. They are known to induce sleep and help one to relax his senses.
* Ginkgo biloba
* Catnip tea
* St. John’s Wort
Health supplements and vitamins can be taken if one is determined to attain mental wellness. Popping Bacopin can help to bring down one’s anxiety level. Vitamin B-12 helps with the release of essential neurotransmitters into the brain too. Chamomile is also unmatched when it comes to its effects to relieving stress. It is known to have a tranquilizing effect and it inhibits the release of stress causing chemicals.
Best of the Rest
There are other methods that have become eminent over the years. These holistic methods focus on overall health rather than targeting and treating an individual symptom. Hypnosis has proven to be effective in its ability to help in thoughts diversion; shifting one’s attentions on his fears towards positive and rational thoughts. Exercising doubles up as an antidepressant and sleep-inducer, and is often the most productive way one can release suppressed anger.
One other effective technique is the stimulation of endorphins into one’s brain. Endorphins are the body’s mood enhancers that are released during exercise and sex. Acupuncture techniques focus on helping one to stimulate endorphins as well.