Five Self Help Tips for Panic Disorder


When a person has frequent bouts of panic attacks they are said to suffer from panic disorder. The symptoms of such an attack include dizziness, racing heart, chest constriction, sweating and terror for no apparent reason.

Anyone who has suffered from one or more such attacks will spend a lot of time dreading the possibility of another one and will go out of their way to avoid situations or anything else they think might be a trigger.

If you have suffered from panic attacks or have been diagnosed with panic disorder it is wise to be guided by the doctor as far as treatment is concerned.

However, many people also like to treat themselves as well and doing so gives you a feeling of control over your life that is an important part of recovery in itself.

Here are four tips for self-help.

* Learn all you can about panic and anxiety attacks by reading books about it.

Understand what happens in your body when that flight or fight response is triggered.

You will soon find out that you are not going crazy and that all those weird sensations that you experience during an attack are normal for that situation and that they will pass without harming you.

* Avoid smoking and caffeine, both of which can actually trigger attacks in susceptible people.

Green tea that is now touted as a health benefit contains very high levels of caffeine.

Some non-drowsy cold medications and even diet pills also contain stimulants that can be triggers.

* Another self help tip for panic disorder is to learn how to control your breathing.

During panic attacks you often hyperventilate and this can cause many unpleasant symptoms such as tightness in the chest and being lightheaded.

This is a coping skill that is easy to learn and will help to prevent some of those scary symptoms.

* Learn relaxation techniques such as meditation, yoga, or any other form of relaxation that will help your muscles to relax.

This will strengthen your body’s relaxation response – the opposite effect of what happens in a panic attack.

They make you feel calm and happy during those times between attacks so you will become less fearful.

* Another self help tip for panic disorder is to fill your mind with nice things and keep yourself busy doing the kinds of things you love.

Taking up a therapeutic activity such as painting or knitting is often a good help.

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