Stopping Panic Attacks

For those who have to deal with them, a method for reliably stopping panic attacks is likely one of their top priorities. While some people may need professional help in order to deal with panic attacks, many can take some simple steps in order to stop them on their own.

Below are some tips for stopping panic attacks.

While not all tips and tricks will work for everyone, you may be able to find something on the list that can bring you some relief.

The Past

Sometimes those suffering through a panic attack often feel as though they are going to die. At that moment, you need to tell yourself that this is not your first panic attack.

Remember that none of the past panic attacks left behind any lasting damage. Keep telling yourself that it will pass and that you are not going to die. Learn to rely on past panic attacks to bring you comfort during an attack.

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Refocus

If you can find a way to refocus your attention, that may be your key to stopping panic attacks. Is there a particularly funny line from one of your favorite television shows? Try repeating that over and over in your mind. Try to conjure up how you felt when you last saw the show. Picture yourself laughing.

You could also try drinking some ice cold water. As you drink it, make a point of fully concentrating on the water. How does it taste? How does it feel inside your mouth? How does it feel as it goes down your throat.

The point of both revisiting the television show and drinking the cold water is the same: to help you refocus your attention off of the panic attack and on to something else.

Change Your Environment

A panic attack is often triggered by the environment. For example, it could be triggered by the temperature, the size of the crowd or the noise level. The key to stopping panic attacks may be as simple as a change in environment.

If you are in a crowded venue when the panic attack starts, try finding a quiet, secluded spot where you can gather your thoughts.  You may step outside, or into the bathroom. If possible, try sitting in your car for a few minutes.

For some, temperature plays a large role in their panic attacks. If you are cold when the attack starts, try going someplace warm. If you are warm, try cooling down.

Of course, sometimes it is difficult to change your environment right away, but if you can, it is often quite effective in
stopping panic attacks.

Unfortunately, for some suffering from this problem, they have not found a self-help method that is effective at stopping panic attacks. That does not mean that one does not exist.

For many, it is a process of trial and error. If a certain potential remedy did not work during your last panic attack, then try something different the next time around.

After exhausting other means of stopping panic attacks, you may have to enlist some professional help. This does not necessarily mean that you will have to take medication, but a professional may be able to guide you through additional forms of therapy until you find your answer.

You do not have to continue to suffer. Stopping panic attacks is possible. Don’t stop looking until you find the method that works for you.

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