Overcome Panic Attacks
Panic attacks are real, debilitating, common , experienced by all kinds of people, often misunderstood - and - treatable. This article defines what a panic attack is, considers the likely causes, and outlines recommended treatments - including one highly effective natural technique.
What is a Panic Attack?
A panic attack is an acute episode of severe anxiety. Panic attacks are usually accompanied by a range of physical symptoms ranging from uncomfortable to crippling. These symptoms may include heart palpitations, breathlessness, sweating or feeling chilled, trembling, dizziness, and/or the feeling of detachment or even "going crazy" (among others).
Not only are panic attacks very unpleasant when they strike, but they adversely affect sufferers' entire quality of life, since they can occur at any time. Thus sufferers may avoid socializing, travel, driving, and in extreme cases leaving their home altogether.
Panic disorder sufferers can easily feel isolated as friends and family find the condition difficult to understand compared to more obvious physical problems such as a broken leg.
What Causes Panic Attacks?
Some (more fortunate?) sufferers can attribute their panic attacks to known causes, eg: crowded or enclosed places, public speaking etc. But for others they occur unpredictably.
The Wikipedia article Panic attacks lists a number of causes, eg:
- Predisposition due to genetics (eg pairs of twins both suffer panic with higher than normal frequency) and/or environment (eg over-cautious parenting or prolonged stress). It occurs most often in early adulthood, is more common in women, and sufferers often have above average intelligence.
- Acute trauma such as bereavement, ending of a relationship, loss of job etc can trigger panic disorder.
- Maintaining causes - once a sufferer has experienced panic attacks s/he fears having another one, and this fear is a contributory cause of the next attack...
- Lack of assertiveness - Wikipedia cites growing evidence of a correlation between panic attacks and un-assertiveness.
The symptoms of panic attack may of course indicate a physical disorder, so it as advisable to check with a physician after suffering an attack for the first time.
Manage and Overcome Panic Attacks
The first thing to remember is that you are not alone. Literally millions of people  will suffer some kind of panic disorder at some time, and many of these either cope with or beat the problem. There is hope.
Panic disorder results from your underlying thought patterns, and the only real management / cure comes from changing those thought patterns that cause the problem. This usually begins with understanding what is happening during an attack and trying to identify the root cause.
A Proven Panic Attack Treatment
There is a highly effective method to help your body eliminate anxiety and heal itself - totally naturally and without medication.
Panic Away is a collection of simple techniques that trick your anxious mind into stepping aside, thus allowing your body to relax. Learn how to rid yourself of panic attacks by pushing your anxious thoughts aside and re-activating your parasympathetic (at rest) nervous system. Once your anxious mind stops perpetuating the stress response, you'll quickly start feeling more like your old good self again.
Developed by one-time sufferer Barry McDonagh, Panic Away has helped over 70,000 people overcome panic attacks and anxiety. It's available in both digital and physical (book, CDs, DVD) formats and comes with access to a member's support forum.
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Medication – Pros and Cons
Your physician/therapist may offer medication, and this may be advisable if your symptoms are so severe that you cannot function "normally". However, medication masks the symptoms, but cannot remove the underlying causes of your attacks. It may have side effects and may need to be taken long-term / permanently. Over time you may need stronger and stronger doses to maintain the effect. Medication is best used alongside self-help or therapist-guided psychological treatments.
 http://www.nimh.nih.gov/statistics/1PANIC_ADULT.shtml suggests 4.7% lifetime prevalence of U.S. adult population (retrieved Aug 2014).