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How To Stop A Panic Attack Naturally
CBT: Treatment of panic disorder and treatment of anxiety disorders in general achieves best results when combining cognitive therapy (cbt) and medication. You certainly can start with cognitive therapy and it does work in some people optimally without use of medication. So find a psychiatrist specializing in anxiety to make the diagnosis , then he/she can connect you with a cbt therapist .Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Panic is a psychological and somatic state of anxiety usually involving extreme fear, characterized by symptoms such as shortness of breath, rapid pounding heartbeat, sometimes dizziness or light-headedness, tunnel vision, a sense of unreality, and a feeling of needing to escape from ...Read more
Difficult: You must be quick, as there rapidly is an "off-the-cliff" point where self-help techniques can't overcome the tidal wave. Controlled / concentrated breathing techniques; positive phrase repitition; biofeedback; (temporary) situation avoidance (if possible), are a few options. A good therapist/psychologist can help give you "tools for your toolbox" to use when coming on. Good luck! ...Read more
Breathing may help: Part panic attack is the vicious cycle of co2 & o2 imbalance from shallow panting-like breathing. Blood chemistry gets out of wack. A few powerful full exhales (make grunt noise) followed by a series of nasal full expansive inhales. Hold - then full "whistle-like" exhales. Good luck! link: http://www.Anxietycoach.Com/breathingexercise.Html. ...Read more
Relaxation breathing: You can teach yourself relaxation breathing by reading and applying the book: the relaxation response by herbert benson. Otherwise, the best thing to do during a panic attack is nothing. Let it go away on its' own and it will eventually go away. That is called desensitization. Another great book for anxiety is called: stop obsessing by edna foa. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Try The Opposite!: If u feel panic attack coming on or if u're in situation that might bring one on, try this: let it come! actually let it happen! so if u feel one coming on tell urself "i can handle it -even though it won't feel good!" and before one comes or while it's happening 1) do slow "belly breathing"; & 2) alternate between squeezing & relaxing different muscle groups. U'll learn u have control over them! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Breathing : We deal with a lot of anxious people! Try taking a deep breath and holding it for four seconds. When you exhale try do it over four or five seconds. When you have reached the point where you can't exhale anymore hold it for another four seconds and continue doing this. This slow breathing really helps calm you down. Deep belly breaths, not shallow, breathing is key! best of luck! ...Read more
Stay active: Exercise is a great way to relieve stress. Your body releases endorphins during exercise, which can help you feel calm. If you exercise 30 - 60 minutes a day, your stress levels can improve. When stressed, take 5 slow, deep breaths with your eyes closed, then roll your shoulders forward 5 times, then back 5 times. This will slow your heart rate and release tension in your neck and shoulders. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Stop panic: Panic attacks is like a snowball. The fear of having a panic attack can often precipitate one and when it does it grows and accelarates in severity. The best way is a combination of medication therapy combined with cognitive therapy that trains you to identify the triggers of an attack making it easy to then stop it. In time usually medications can be reduced if not stopped. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Agree w Dr. Passer: If you can find a quiet place - do so. Breath in slowly & deeply through your nostrils. Fill your lungs with air (but not to the point of discomfort). Hold for a count of five then slowly begin to exhale through an open mouth. Repeat at least 12 times, longer if you need to. If you haven't been assessed for your panic/ anxiety - that would be prudent. Anxiety is no fun BUT it is treatable. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Multiple options: Holistic: concentrate on breathing. - take up meditation and learn how to put yourself into a relaxed state quickly - have hypnotherapy and installation of an "anchor" that you can use to quickly get you in a relaxed state. - do "progressive desensitization" where you gradually get more exposure to things that could cause you to panic. Prescriptive: ssri's for background, constant treatment... ...Read more
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