Monday, May 14, 2012

Panic Attacks...

If you are unfortunate enough to have ever had a Panic Attack, you'll know they are far from fun. Have them on a regular basis? Then you'll be on the verge of tears and feeling that you've lost control of your life. Panic Attacks can bring your life to a stand still. So, here I'll define the possible causes, symptoms, and treatments/cures of Panic Attacks. Oh, and why write about this subject? Who would know better than myself whom suffers from them too.

Looking at the causes of Panic Attacks, they can be broken down into two categories: psychological (mentally) and physiological (your body). Of course, Panic Attacks do not have to be caused by just one sub-item of these categories, but one can trigger the other.

Psychological Causes:
Traumatic events (death, loss of job, divorce, accident, health, and the unknown), stress, emotional disorders (such as child abuse or child separation anxiety), and negative thinking.

Physiological Causes:
Hereditary, OTC decongestants, addictive narcotic withdrawals, reactions between prescribed and/or OTC drugs, asthma drugs, alcohol/caffeine/tobacco withdrawals, food preservatives, and sugar.

Jitters/shaking, fear or being scared, shortness of breath, sweating, insomnia, cheat pain, increased heart rate, nausea, diarrhea, muscles tightening, detachment from reality, feeling your going crazy, nervous breakdown, and even the sensation your gonna die.  

The two most common prescribed drugs are: Ativan and Xanax. Though, there are four natural herbs that can help too. These would be: St. John's Wort, Kava Kava, Passion Flower, and Valerian Root. Now, everywhere I've read, and been told, is that slow and deep breathing will help relax you and slow your heart rate. To me, this is difficult when you're in the middle of a Panic Attack. But, if you can catch the symptoms IMMEDIATELY, it is effective. Meditation is also a treatment, not to mention a great way to relax and de-stress. Though, if this is your chosen treatment, you have to act IMMEDIATELY too. Since we have mentioned meditation, Manta is also a possible treatment. This is closing your eyes and repeating the same word/sentence, over, and over, and over again. Then there are a host of other holistic and homeopathic remedies such as Seredyn and Anxietin. If these mentioned treatments are ineffective, then definitly an appointment with a Psychologist is necessary.

As for my Panic Attacks, being in pain, feeling warm/hot, and a sense of Claustrophobia, and I'm off to Panic Attack central. Not a great place to be. So for me, I have to be very cognizant of these three things. I always try to stay cool (drinking cold water helps), stop any pain I may have right at the onset, and if that's okay, the Claustrophobia does not even matter. Of course if Claustrophobia is a problem, I place myself in wide open areas with even people at a distance

Now after all of that above, reoccurring Panic Attacks can get worse and even lead to Panic Disorder. This is bad. It's when you develop phobias, depression, legal and illegal substance abuse, and possibly suicide. Hopefully it never gets to this point.

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