The Reality of Panic Attacks

Unfortunately there is no direct cure for panic attacks. There are many different prescription medications that can calm the symptoms and calm your body during the onset of a panic attack but no direct cure.

For those people like myself who didn't want to have to take something every time you felt a panic attack coming on there are a few things you can try.

The Best Advice I Ever Received

During one of my attacks a doctor in the ER gave me some of the best advice I've ever received as far as panic attacks go. She told me that panic attacks last 20 minutes. That's it. Only 20 minutes out of your life. That's the average. Overall they never last more than 30. Granted, this is all in her opinion and experience. I do not claim to be offering any real medical advice, but in her lifetime and experience she has not seen panic attacks last any longer than 30 minutes. She advised me that when I was in the throws of an attack to count. The brain can only handle so much during an attack and as I've mentioned previously most of the logical and rational thinking is nowhere to be found. Counting, though, that is something that can be done during a panic attack. Continuously explain in your mind that this attack will not last longer than 20 minutes and then you count. Count to 60 twenty times and you should feel your panic attack dissipate. This is a trick that has truly worked for me time and time again. Just knowing in my mind that in 20 minutes this feeling will be gone, and I will return to my normal self is enough to keep me focused on that exact moment and my mind rational enough to simply count the minutes away. Furthermore, the majority of my attacks have gone by the time I reach no more than 10 minutes in the counting process. I know it sounds simple and childish but if anyone reading this does experience attacks, give it a shot.

Another option is to meditate daily. I've heard from many people that this works immensely well for them. They are able to keep their minds calm constantly. Other people have recommended cutting down or completely cutting their bodies off from caffeine or cigarettes. Any stimulant can increase the risk of panic attacks.

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