by The Welthi Bureau | 23rd Jan, 2019
If you have no previous history of heart disease, but suddenly and inexplicably begin to feel that you are losing control and experience symptoms like rapid or pounding heartbeat, shaking, shortness of breath, sweating, chest pain, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, chills or hot flashes, then you could be in the midst of a panic attack. These physical symptoms may be accompanied by feelings of detachment, fear of dying and the feeling of letting go. At this point, it is advisable to seek professional help.
A lot of people experience panic attacks at some point in their life, and these episodes can never be predicted. However, once you have experienced a panic attack, a fear psychosis may build up, wherein you fear the onset of another. It helps to understand why you experienced a panic attack in the first place. It is usually the result of an intensely stressful event. It might be after a particularly painful break-up or death of a loved one. These are called ‘situational panic attacks’, or those caused by stressful events, but they can also occur suddenly, even when you are not feeling particularly stressed.
Experts say that panic attacks are not life-threatening, but they can detract from your peace of mind and be debilitating in that way. Fear of having another attack may create a ‘panic disorder’. The actual panic attack does not last beyond a few minutes, but the worry can go on much longer.
Consult your doctor when you experience a panic attack. You might have to be screened for various health issues as well as depression. People who have panic disorders generally suffer from depression. Your doctor might recommend that you see a Psychologist or Psychiatrist. This is not an alarming situation, and the key is to keep calm.
Experts say that the key to minimizing the length and severity of a panic attack is to learn how to respond differently to the physical sensations, once you accept that they are not dangerous. A medical professional will talk you through the process.
Meanwhile, here are some simple methods that can help you keep calm during a panic attack and when you anticipate the onset of one:
*Focus exercises force you to take your mind off of the panic attack and its triggers. For example, using senses other than sight to identify and differentiate objects can have a distracting and calming effect.
Deep breathing and meditation can help slow the heart rate and clear the mind.
Take control of a Panic Attack before it takes hold of you. Focus on positive thoughts, seek positive situations and remember that just as long as you don’t allow yourself to lose control, you can ride out the storm. Even better news – you don’t have to live with panic attacks forever. Seek help quickly and put the memory behind you.
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