Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Stop a Panic Attack - How to Treat Panic Attacks

What is the most effective way to stop a panic attack? This is a question on the minds of so many of us. Is the answer a simple one? It can be. But there seems to be far too many "experts" out there who are just overly eager to give us an answer, and many of them just don't understand our problem. They just don't know, nor can they ever understand.

They never feel the surmounting sense of impending doom that we can feel, that seems to lurk all around us during our most trying times, like some phantom stalker, ready to pounce at any given moment. For example, they might suggest some technique they picked up from something they heard from acquaintances, coworkers, or found on the internet, like "deep breathing". Let me dispel this myth right now - deep breathing does nothing to stop a panic attack. This only attempts to calm the body. And as we all know, a panic attack does not originate from under our skin, nor from within our lungs, but it is an effect that occurs within the mid brain. Logically speaking here, trying to stop a panic attack in the brain by trying to calm the body with deep breathing, is like trying to stop a sneeze by tying your shoe. Quite frankly, it just lacks intelligence.

The fact is that there really are effective techniques to stop a panic attack in its tracks, and a better understanding of how this can be done can only come from a fuller knowledge of how panic attacks come about.

During a panic attack, what actually happens is what's known as the "fight or flight" effect, which is triggered by a perceived physical threat. This happens in the mid brain, which deals with instinctual behavior. During such an episode, all of the mental activity in the brain is rushed from the rational thinking area (known as the prefrontal cortex), straight to the mid brain, where this effect takes place. Now, as I said, there are ways of stopping this dead in its tracks... care to learn more?

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