There is no straightforward cure for panic attacks. There's no magic pill to prevent such attacks from occurring.
However, addressing the reasons behind a panic attack can, for a better word, cure the condition. It allows the individual to gain control of the disorder, and reduce the likelihood of attacks occurring.
The problem lies in the fact that there can be any number of reason for a panic attack or panic disorder. Lifestyle factors, physical factors, personality traits, and childhood influences can all cause panic attacks. Often, many of these factors will be interwoven, making treatment very difficult.
However, there are a number of steps you can take to cure yourself, or at least improve your condition. Firstly, don't sit in the background. Many people who suffer from panic attacks are low in self esteem, and therefore don't get involved in life's many activities. But the less you get involved, the more self-critical, and anxious you will become. It's a vicious cycle that will invariably led to more panic attacks.
Secondly, remember to breathe. This may sounds ridiculous, but many panic attacks can be avoided by simply breathing properly. It's natural to hold your breath when you feel the onset of an attack but all this does is to encourage a full blown attack to occur. Keep breathing normally, and you may find that the attack subsides before it even begins.
Similarly, don't surrender to an attack when you feel it approaching. Many people simply freeze and allow the symptoms to take hold. But if you sit down, take deep breaths, and drink some water, it is possible to fight off an attack. If sitting down doesn't work, walk around. If being quiet doesn't work, start talking. The important thing is to keep fighting.
Panic attacks are nothing to be ashamed of so don't hesitate in seeking help from doctors or mental health experts. Trying to deal with the condition on your own can be very difficult. The more help you get, the better chance you'll have of taking control of the condition.
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