Friday, October 9, 2009

Fighting Panic Attacks

It is normal to be nervous when preparing for a business presentation, job interview or talking in front of a large group. However, if you are experiencing excessive episodes of intense fears or anxiety during normal circumstances, then you’re probably experiencing a panic disorder called panic attacks.

Most people who are experiencing panic attacks do not seek medical help as soon as they can think that it’s just normal and would soon die. Well it may temporarily stop but it will keep on hunting you especially during times when you get too excited over some things. Seeking medical care is essential as the doctor will be able to tell the causes and treatments to this panic disorder.
For some, they take medicines to help lessen the effects or to stop the panic attacks altogether. There are several medicines that can help you during the attacks such as the Paroxetine, Sertraline, Alprazola, and Clonazepam. These are antidepressants approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. Though these medicines can provide immediate relief, they cannot change your personality or your total perspective in life. It is therefore advisable to seek counseling. Do not be afraid to reach out and seek help. It may be a time to call a high school friend, write letters to relatives abroad, and get involved in charitable causes and other activities that aims to help others. In helping others, you will feel that you are also helping yourself to cope up and forget about your own concerns.

Most people also find joy in learning a new skill like knitting, painting, cooking, playing the piano or simply gardening with their children. These activities will divert your attention from your problems or things that will trigger the panic attacks.

These are just some of the things that you can do in order to prevent the panic attacks from frequently tormenting you. Hope you find them helpful as well as this quote that truly encourages:

"Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers, but to be fearless in facing them. Let me not beg for the stilling of my pain, but for the heart to conquer it.” - Rabindranath Tagore

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