Just about everybody has had some type of stress and anxiety. Unfortunately, many people experience stress and anxiety so great that they can not perform their day to day activities. When people begin to feel out of control their stress can manifest as a panic attack. Classically panic attacks occur in people that feel nervous constantly but some people with panic attacks do not feel nervous at all. Even though they do not feel nervous their mind and body are reacting to the stress and this manifests as an anxiety. These attacks cause physical symptoms. Heart palpitations, trembling, dizziness, breathing problems, and pains in their gut are common symptoms of an attack. Anxiety attack sufferers often go to the emergency room because they think that they are having a stroke or a heart attack. It is easy to understand why someone with these symptoms would run to the ER but the symptoms of a anxiety attack are not dangerous. It is actually helpful for sufferers to visit their doctor. Once people discover that there is nothing physically wrong with them they often immediately begin to feel better. It is not unusual for a panic attack sufferer to say that their road to recovery began after visiting their doctor to rule out a medical reason for their symptoms.
Once a medical condition is ruled out what can be done to stop the attacks? Relaxation methods can help you stay focused and can calm you too. Biofeedback, isometrics and breathing techniques are a few of the therapies used. It is important to recognize when a panic attack is coming on. If breathing methods are practiced at the start of an attack this will help you to remain calm and in focus, helping you stop a panic attack before it starts. Decongestant medications and diet pills that contain stimulants, coffee, tea, soda and other intake of caffeine needs to be avoided. Panic attacks can be triggered from within the central nervous system and that could be stimulated from the use of caffeine or stimulants such as pseudoephedrine commonly found in decongestants and diet pills. You should exercise on a regular basis. Exercise will release endorphins into your blood stream. These are hormones that help you reach an euphoric feeling. Regular exercise can help you remain focused and relaxed.
I feel it is important to tell you that I suffered from anxiety attacks for years. I know that terrifying feeling of disconnect with the world that many sufferers experience. I myself went to the emergency room, firmly believing that I was having a heart attack or a stroke. It did give me some comfort to realize that there was not anything seriously wrong but this knowledge did not eliminate the attacks. I tried many of the self-help programs to relieve the attacks. The method that finally worked was called the Linden Method. I hope that these methods will give you help for panic attacks and you will be able to regain control of your life.