Many who suffer from panic and anxiety attacks have given up hope finding any salvation. Some studies have shown that a majority of those who suffer from panic and anxiety attacks have given up trying to find a way to regain life without them. If you are one of them, you will be happy to know there are now new and innovative ways for treating anxiety attacks.
If you think you might be one of those affected, the first important step is understand exactly what a panic attack is, and what it is not. These attacks actually stem from a normally beneficial component of our self defense mechanisms. The “fight or flight” response serves as an early warning system thus alerting us to danger.
The problem arises when this normally protective system becomes activated at inappropriate times when one is not facing any danger. When it happens with regularity it can evolve into a debilitating disorder. Those who suffer from them can attest to the adverse effects they can have upon both family relationships and within the work environment.
Once you gain an understanding of what a panic attack is, then you must learn to recognize the signs which indicate an attack is pending. Sudden increased pulse is the most universally reported signal. Some experience hot flashes, others a damp cold feeling. Many report loss of balance and vertigo. Skin breakouts akin to allergic reactions have also bee reported by many.
In addition to these physical indications, the most intense and feared components are focused in the mind. Sheer terror, sureness of one’s impending death, frozen with fear are common descriptions of the mental state associated with a panic attack. Most usually, this fear does not pertain to any given tangible thing, event or person. It is more a general sense of dread.
Now that you have basic understanding of the origins and indications of what constitutes a panic attack, the next issue becomes how to deal with them. Traditional medicine has identified several pharmaceutical based treatments which some have found greatly beneficial. Others, unfortunately, have not found relief from this avenue of treatment.
Many have found respite using other more natural, holistic techniques. Examples of these include accupuncture, massage therapy and aroma therapy. Classic psychology has proved beneficial for many as well. Most commonly, therapists will employ cognitive behavioral therapy in an attempt to give you control over the internal mechanisms triggering these events.
Suffice to say, there are many available options out there. Different approaches work for varying forms and severity of the disorder. You must explore the various choices and select the one which best suits your needs as an individual. No matter how difficult, keep faith that there exists for you a good way for treating anxiety attacks.