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A panic attack is a biological response of our body to something that scares us, it usually occurs suddenly and causes serious physical reactions, shortness of breath, feeling cold, tremors ...
In the vast majority of cases and with the help and treatment of a good professional, it is possible for a person to stop suffering from repeated panic attacks. But for this, it is important to go to a doctor who can confirm the diagnosis and recommend an appropriate therapy for each case.
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Current treatments usually consist of psychological therapies that help us understand that there are many people who suffer the same, that it is a very common condition, that we are not going crazy, that we are not going to die from it. It is about achieving a cognitive restructuring, that is, to change the patient's way of thinking.
Once the patient feels more positive, optimistic and realistic about his problem, the therapist will help him to identify the "trigger" that usually causes his panic attacks. This can be a thought, a certain situation, a certain activity, or something as subtle as a small change in your heartbeat. Once the patient identifies what, if any, acts as a trigger or trigger for an attack, they can learn to control the symptoms that follow.
The last phase of treatment usually focuses on helping the patient perform those activities that they avoid for fear of causing a panic attack. It is about making them see first that they are not really afraid of these activities themselves (driving, entering places with a lot of people, drinking coffee, getting on a plane, speaking in public ...) You are actually afraid of having a panic attack while doing them.
You then learn that the anxiety symptoms you may feel while doing these activities do not have to turn into a panic attack and that they can be controlled by the patient himself. The therapy helps the patient little by little to regain his confidence, to control the symptoms and to lose the fear of suffering an attack and, as a consequence, to carry out the activities that he previously avoided with total normality. They are usually very gradual treatments (never suddenly or strained) that allow the patient to gradually regain self-confidence and lose the acquired phobias.
Relaxation techniques can help us "navigate" through a panic attack, as if the patient were sailing a boat through the waves. So many breathing techniques How visualization can help you to be less afraid during an attack, to make it shorter, and even to prevent future attacks.
Sometimes a doctor will prescribe antianxiety or antidepressant medications to people who have excessive numbers of panic attacks due to high levels of anxiety. Homeopathy can also be a good option for those who prefer to avoid strong medications.
Finally, it can be helpful to share your experiences with other people who have experienced a panic attack or, in some cases, have learned to cope with their anxiety.
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