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The first aid for panic and anxiety attacks

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Panic attack symptoms come in many forms and you are probably on this site because you are eager to get them under control? Nobody says “I want to have panic attack symptoms when I grow up,” but they can affect anyone for a variety of reasons. Use the advice provided here to treat panic attacks or anxiety symptoms before they become a problem and to get ideas on how to live with them in your daily life.

First, avoid drinking alcohol if you have anxiety problems. Alcohol will only worsen your state of mind due to the fact that it is a depressant. Panic attack symptoms that are fueled with alcohol can quickly become dangerous. You can also encounter medical issues if you drink while taking medications that have been prescribed.

When you or someone else experienced panic attack symptoms, splashing some water on the face can help. The stimulus provided by the water distracts the brain from the source of the panic attack, allowing the body to relax. You can massage the water on your face or even cup water in your hands and briefly immerse your face and count to five. Then, dry your face afterward. Wash another person with cold water if they are in a state of extreme anxiety or panic.

Instead of focusing on how to treat panic attack symptoms, you should learn to implement the things that help keep them away. Think positively, stay in the now, and overwhelm your mind with happiness when the dark thoughts begin. Help the other person get distracted, do not leave them tête-à-tête with their depressive thoughts.

Breathing practices will help you

When you are experiencing panic attack symptoms, practice concentrated breathing techniques to calm yourself down. Deep breathing is effective not only because it keeps you occupied and relaxed but also because it performs several important physical functions like lowering your pulse and blood pressure, increasing circulation and easing tension in your body. Learn for yourself and teach the other person to breathe to pacify an acute psychological crisis.

If you try to control what you do during your panic attack, it can help you get over it quickly. You should fight fear, as it is a great way to battle it.

The first step to finding a treatment plan that will work is to get a correct diagnosis from a healthcare professional. Anxiety is a common condition, but it can be caused by many factors, and need different treatments. Professional help should be sought if panic attacks cannot be controlled.

It will be important for you to go and speak to people outside your home. This will help keep your mind at ease. Ordinary human contact fills a void that the Internet cannot! It’s nice to go online once in a while, but it should not be the main part of your life.

Treatment of panic attacks, acute depressive states, reactive psychosis with medications

In the chronic course of mental disorders, antidepressants are prescribed. These drugs eliminate the symptoms of depression, nervous disorders, apathy, psychosis, and reduce anxiety. The most effective against panic and anxiety disorders are considered antidepressants from the group of selective reuptake inhibitors. They are not addictive and have a minimum of side effects. The most popular drugs from this group are Cipralex, Paxil, Zoloft, Prozac, Lexapro.

Tranquilizers quickly eliminate acute panic attacks, reducing central nervous system excitability. These are symptomatic, quick, soothing medicines that do not have a therapeutic effect. A particularly quick effect is achieved when taking the drug Grandaxin, Etaperazin under the tongue.

Biological treatment for anxiety attacks

People who are experiencing panic or fear attacks have been on the constant search for forms of treatment so that they can be able to continue their daily lives, as normal as possible.

These debilitating attacks will prove to be detrimental to an individual especially on the way he interacts with society. He will have this continuous fear of going out of his house for the fear of having an attack out of the blue. He may feel embarrassed because of these attacks. That’s why if an individual still resist seeking for professional help, it may even pose more problems for him. Such problem is called agoraphobia or the fear of going out in public. There is a psychological treatment for patients suffering from the panic or anxiety attack which focuses on the fundamental reason behind the attacks, such as figuring out some of the unsettled childhood issues that still has an impact even on the present or deconstructing a high stress situation. Fear and anxiety: what to deal with these disorders?

If there is a psychological treatment, there are also biological treatments for anxiety disorders that are useful to use in conjunction with the psychological treatments. One example of a biological treatment for panic attacks is to help the body remain relaxed in times of anxiety and now is also a good time to teach the proper breathing techniques. Most of the time an episode of panic attack happens, the body is tense and the breathing is often through the chest and shallow.

These issues contribute to the increase of panic attacks since the body is not prepared to any amount of stress, being maxed out already in tension. Through the use of biological treatment, the individual is taught how to breathe properly. Breathing is through the diaphragm, not through the chest. Each breath should be deep and slow into the lungs and then make sure to expel each breath from the lungs. In this fashion, the individual has more focus on his breathing instead of the trigger that caused his attack.

One more biological treatment for anxiety is to learn to relax the body in conjunction with the breathing. In the Ayurveda technique, sesame oil is used to massage the whole body in the morning before a shower and in the evening before going to rest. This way, the individual starts the day with a fully relaxed body and also ends with one. Another biological treatment is to teach the individual how to flex the muscles in one part of the body for a few seconds and then releasing them after.

There are also some substances that an individual should avoid, such as caffeine, tobacco, and alcohol since they trigger anxiety and fear attacks.

This article was written by Dr. Andrew Gordon, M.D. in neurology and psychotherapy; Associate Professor of Neurology at the University of Washington, Law, and Humanities Committee of the American Academy of Neurology, and chair of the Ethics Committee of Northwest Hospital.
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