Panic is our body’s response to a threat or danger. Scientifically, a short term panic or anxiety is known as the fight or flight response. It is aptly termed because all of the effects of panic are coined toward fighting or fleeing danger. Thus the purpose of panic and anxiety is to protect our being.
Panic attacks may hit a person suddenly and without any warning. There is no definite answer as to what triggers the attack since this may also occur when the person is relaxed or sleeping. Some people may go through a panic attack as a one-time experience but some people go through recurring episodes. Repeat panic attacks may be determined through situations and instances like phobias which may have been the cause of a previous attack.
Another trigger for a panic episode is when a person starts hyperventilating. This may occur when a person takes in more oxygen and less of carbon dioxide which may result to heart palpitations and wooziness. This is already considered as a panic attack symptom and this may heighten to a full panic episode.
Drug dependency may also be a reason of what causes panic attacks. Medicine like benzodiazepine which is used in the treatment of panic attack if used improperly might develop into an addiction and withdrawal from which may cause sudden episodes.
There are also biological reasons and disorders that can cause panic attacks. Like obsessive compulsive disorder, hypoglycemia disease to name a few. Lack of vitamin B in the body due to infections and improper diets can also cause panic attacks.
To manage panic attacks, here are several methods which we can use.
Know your triggers and the causes of your panic attacks. The causes and triggers are the first and vital information that a sufferer must know. If the attacks occur, a sufferer can easily manage or control panic attacks if they have the right knowledge about it. By knowing its causes and triggers then dealing with it after makes it easier for the sufferer to stop panic attacks. The sufferer can easily avoid and overcome the triggers if they are aware of it.
Relax and divert your thoughts. Relaxing and diverting your thoughts are other factors to manage panic attacks. During the attacks, the least that you can do is to entertain negative thoughts. By entertaining negative thoughts it can only aggravate the situation and prolong the attack. Make yourself relax by doing some deep breathing techniques. To promote relaxation, deep breathing is the most effective method. Another thing is by diverting your thoughts, it can minimize the chance of the having another panic attacks.
Keep a stress-free environment. Another factor that can trigger panic attacks is the stressful environment. If you think that your surroundings are causing you to become stressed, you need to leave that area immediately to prevent panic attack. If the sufferer becomes stressed and more anxious then he is prone to have panic attacks.
Consult a professional. If you have already tried numerous methods already but still having difficulty to manage panic attacks, it’s always better to seek for a professional for further assessment with more serious condition. These professionals with expertise to treat panic attacks can further help you by giving you more instructions after an assessment then will prescribe you some medicine if needed to help you stop panic attacks.
Overcoming fear from panic attacks. Another factor that we must take into consideration is the fear from having the attack itself. Of course, most of these sufferers developed fear after experiencing panic attacks. But we need to overcome this fear to avoid having another attack. The fear of having an attack can cause another panic attack. That’s why we need to find ways how to overcome this fear. It may not be easy but it will be beneficial in the end.