Panic and anxiety attacks are also known as GAD or Generalized Anxiety Disorder and people who are suffering this condition can experience nervousness, a feeling of having a heart attack, sleeplessness and excessive sweating. Panic and anxiety attacks are common, which occurs to one out of seventy-five people all over the world. According to statistics, one out of five panic attack cases have five or more unexplained medical symptoms.
It is necessary to recognize and understand that panic attack is a result of the mind and it is best to address the problem by focusing in the condition of the mind rather than curing the physical symptoms. Prescription drugs and medications may not be appropriate to treat panic and anxiety attacks. Most of the time, doctors recommend medicines and anti-depressants in order to treat the symptoms but it is possible to get added to these drugs, which can result in dangerous side effects.
There are numerous causes of panic attack that includes anxiousness and high levels of stress. Home remedies can greatly help to lower the levels of stress such as listening to calming music, leisure walking and soaking in a hot bathtub. In addition, regular exercise is effective in decreasing stress and anxiety.
An individual suffering from panic attack may experience symptoms such as palpitations or increase in rate of heartbeat, numbness, sweating, feeling of chocking, dizziness, nausea and abdominal discomfort. Other symptoms may include blushing, hot flushes, skin blotches and more.
Aside from stress, tension can also cause panic and anxiety attacks. For instance, most people who are anxious usually complain about general fatigue and muscle pain, which causes the muscles to get tensed due to mental stress.
People who have phobias may have higher risk of experiencing panic attacks especially since they are close to the things that trigger the phobia. Most of the time, these attacks can be painful but short lived. In addition, hyperventilation is also a cause of anxiety attacks.
Although panic attack is not considered as a disease, this disorder is usually triggered by stress and there are several medications that can help alleviate the attack. Prescription medication such as antidepressants and tranquilizers are advised for people suffering from the condition.
Because panic attacks are stress-related, counselors and psychotherapists are proved to be effective in dealing with the condition. Psychotherapists have the ability to identify the causes of panic attacks and can provide relaxing techniques to gradually decrease the condition. One of the most effective means of relaxation is slow and deep breathing.
Home remedies are also available in treating panic attacks. Kava contains kavalactones that can help individuals to have better sleep. This remedy can be purchased in health food shops but make sure to seek advice from your doctor before using any home remedies. Lemon balm and passionflower are two herbal medicines that have anxiety-reducing properties. However, if you are into medication for your thyroid problem, it is recommended to avoid taking anything that has passionflower. Essential oil from lavender have calming effects and it is helpful to carry a small bottle of lavender essential oil wherever you go.
A combination of psychotherapy and medication that includes cognitive therapy can help treat anxiety attacks. Cognitive therapy involves changing the negative thought processes while behavioral therapy is used to change the daily habits of an individual. Moreover, there are many drug-free therapies to release tension, induction relaxation, slow breathing and heart rate and lower blood pressure. Aside from meditation, hypnotherapy has also been proven to overcome certain phobias.