Dealing with Panic Attack Disorder
If you suffer from panic attack disorder, you know how all-encompassing it can be. Others might not understand just how crippling this disorder can be and what it entails. By understanding some basic techniques that will assist you in getting through the most difficult panic attacks, you can learn how to control anxiety more effectively.
Triggers – Many people who suffer from panic attack disorder notice that there are certain ‘triggers’ that make the anxiety kick in. It might be a crowd of people, being in an enclosed space, having to make a split-second decision or something similar. When you have a panic attack, write it down and write down what you were doing when it occurred. This will help you notice an overall pattern and determine what your anxiety triggers are, so they can be avoided.
Mantra – One technique that is extremely helpful when it comes to treating anxiety is using a mantra. This is something you repeat over and over in an attempt to calm yourself during a powerful anxiety attack. You might use something like, “I am safe and there is nothing to fear,” or, “this fear is not real.” There is power in words, and this is an effective calming method that is used by many anxiety sufferers.
Professional Help – Don’t be ashamed of seeking professional help for your anxiety. Speaking with a professional can help you find the root of the problem, and can help you identify effective treatment methods so that you can begin living a more ‘normal’ life. Imagine the freedom you will experience when you can shop, attend a concert, or give a speech without experiencing crushing anxiety. A professional can help you achieve this.
Don’t ignore your symptoms or downplay what you’re feeling because it doesn’t seem like a ‘real’ health condition. Panic disorders may not be accompanied by physical wounds or outward signs of sickness, but they can be just as damaging as physical conditions. It’s important to treat you panic attack disorder just as you would treat a flu or a case of strep throat; it’s real, it’s painful to you, but it can be healed.
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