The treatment of panic attack or panic disorder can take many forms. Often a combination of methods is required to effectively address the problem.
Therapy is perhaps the most successful form of treatment for panic attacks. A number of techniques can be used including psychotherapy, behaviour therapy, and cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT).
Psychotherapy looks into your past experiences to try to identity the root cause of the panic attacks. In many cases, panic attacks can be a way of subconsciously avoiding painful emotions about events in your past.
Behaviour therapy can those who are trying to avoid panic attacks by becoming increasingly isolated. However, withdrawing yourself from society will only increase your levels of anxiety. Therapy encourages you to get involved in life's many activities, and face your fears head on.
Cognitive behaviour therapy attempts to change the negative thoughts that often fuel a panic attack. It also provides you will the tools to avoid or manage an attack when you feel the initial symptoms of an episode.
Mediation is often combined with therapy in the treatment of panic disorder or panic attacks. Antidepressants such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and tricyclic antidepressants are used to control chemicals in the brain to improve your mood, and therefore discourage the negative thoughts that can cause a panic attack. Beta-blockers, which reduce your heart rate, may also be used to help keep you calm, thereby reducing anxiousness.
And finally, the successful treatment of panic attacks will often involve a large degree of self help. It's important to take control of your condition. Accept it, address it, and fight it. Giving in to the disorder, or tying to convince yourself that you don't have a problem, is a mistake made by many panic attack sufferers. You must be pro-active if you want to get the better of your condition.
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