The cause of panic attacks is still not fully understood. What is known is that it can happen to anyone, without any reason, regardless of age. In other words, a happy and healthy person has an equal chance of experiencing a panic attack with those who are depressed and unhealthy.
Does a panic attack have a certain time?
One reason why you should opt for treatments for panic attacks is the possibility to get attacked at any time, e.g. driving, swimming, flying, etc. So, what would be the case if you got any panic attacks symptoms while driving? Furthermore, it is not unusual to suffer from any anxiety disorders while sleeping.
What are the main treatments to overcome anxiety?
Given such circumstances, methods of treatment may vary from person to person, depending on his conditions, symptoms, lifestyle, and frequency of attacks. Typically however, treatment involves psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and/or medication. Other treatments that can be employed are meditation, breathing exercises, relaxation techniques and herbal treatment.
What should you know about anti-anxiety medications?
Anti-anxiety medications such as Ativan, Xanax, and Klonopin provide quick relief from panic attack symptoms. Benzodiazepines have immediate effects, usually within 30 minutes to an hour. Benzodiazepines, however, are highly addictive and have some serious withdrawal symptoms.
What about opting for psychotherapy?
Panic attacks, as well as panic disorder, agoraphobia and other phobias and related conditions can be treated effectively by psychotherapy. If you suffer from a severe case, then cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) should be your target. It helped 1000s of people, who suffer from this problem for years, to minimize the frequency of having any panic attack symptoms. Even better, many individuals succeeded to cure anxiety disorders easily and quickly using this solution.
In the reality, CBT helps to shift the focus of your thinking. If it worked fine, your thoughts will be shifted from negative to positive thoughts. Furthermore, you will be trained how to react the right way once you feel any of the panic attacks symptoms.
Did you think of exposure therapy?
When it comes to panic attacks and treatment, we should not overlook exposure therapy. In this treatment, you will overcome fear and anxiety from certain situations by simply attacking them. In this manner, attacking these situations will be done under the supervision of an expert and it will also be done in a step-by-step manner.
As a result, you will learn to adapt your behavior in a positive manner to face what you always had feared of. If it is done as it should be, then you will change your experience about these situations from bad to good experiences.