A 31-year-old member asked:
what is the best way to calm my anxiety and panic attacks down?
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A Verified Doctor answered
Cues, counters: The keys to countering a panic attack before it develops are: developing an awareness of what your cues or triggers are, initiating panic countering behaviors (e.g., progressive relaxation, challenging automatic thoughts, distraction), & tracking the success of your counters. Medications can be a big support as well. A licensed cognitive-behavioral therapist can help you develop strong skills!
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Deep breathing /CBT: Although its simply a "tool, " slow, controlled breathing (inhale through nose and think "1" exhale through mouth and think "relax" do this until you reach 10, twice a day, ) is a portable tool you can use anywhere. Ultimately, monitoring and changing cognitions related to panic and exposure to panic (a)sensations and (b) (situations is the gold standard (cbt) to conquer panic.
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