What to do during a panic attack?

October 13th, 2009 - 8:07 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

New York City, Oct 13 (THAINDIAN NEWS) In today’s hectic life, stress and tension are our best buddies, though without our realization. In such cases, a panic attack is an obvious outcome. It is a sudden surge of overwhelming anxiety and fear, which can strike you out of the blue.

When you have a panic attack, then your heart pounds and you can’t breathe. You feel nauseous and very sick to your stomach and vomiting may also occur. If left untreated, panic attacks can lead to panic disorder and other medical problems too. The fear of panic attacks striking you any time may even cause you to withdraw from normal activities. But relax, panic attacks are treatable, and the sooner you seek help, the better. With proper and early treatment, you can reduce or eliminate the symptoms of panic and regain control of your life.

A full-blown panic attack includes a combination of the following signs and symptoms:

· Shortness of breath or hyperventilation
· Heart palpitations or a racing heart
· Chest pain or discomfort
· Trembling or shaking
· Choking feeling
· Feeling unreal or detached from your surroundings
· Sweating
· Nausea or upset stomach
· Hot or cold flashes
· Feeling dizzy, lightheaded, or faint
· Fear of dying, losing control, or going crazy
· Numbness or tingling sensations

During a panic attack, you can use the following ways to fight it: -

Take relaxing deep breaths.

Think on the lines of, “I am going to be all right. These feeling are not rationale. I am just going to relax, calm down, and everything will be all right. ”

Tell yourself repeatedly that, “These feelings are not dangerous, they are just uncomfortable. I am fine. I will continue with what I am doing or find something better to do.”

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