Panic attack is very common. Most of us have experienced it multiple times in our life span. In Covid-19 era, many people are experiencing Panic attack everyday. It’s a very stressful situation. Sometimes it’s very scary and people feel they are going to die. Several panic attack causes and panic attack symptoms are mentioned in previous article.
But overcoming it is not so much difficult. Recurrent attacks need medical consultation, evaluation and counseling. Several medications are there for it’s treatment. But the panic attack medicines must be taken in medical supervision.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE HAVING PANIC ATTACKS (THERAPY FOR PANIC ATTACK)
Deep breathing can reduce symptoms of panic during an attack. If you control your breathing, you can fight the panic attack. Let’s focus on taking deep breaths in and out. Feel, the air slowly going inside your air pipe, filling your chest and belly and then slowly leaving them again.
Grounding techniques help in diverting attention from the stimulating event. It’s very easy. It gives importance to your environment.
To reduce the external stimuli, close your eyes during your panic attack. This can block out any extra stimuli and make it easier to focus on your breathing.
Sometimes a single object can help in overcoming the attack. Some people take view of own face in mirror. Pick one object in clear sight and consciously note everything possible about it. Then think of it’s origin, how it is made, what is its importance etc. One may notice how the hand on the clock jerks when it ticks.
Exercise causes flooding of endorphins. These are happy hormones. They are mood elevators. Choose light exercise for a short period like walking or running or cycling etc. It can help to counter excess stress. But if you feel breathing problems due to panic attack, then other ways are to be taken.
Panic attacks can be averted. There is no point in thinking about it too much. It’s neither heart attack nor stroke. After some time it will go away. But if it’s happening multiple times then the possibility of heart diseases, lung diseases, thyroid problems, major psychiatric disorders should be ruled out.
In recent times due to Covid-19 everyone is in panic situation. That makes panic attack a new epidemic. But knowledge about the steps to fight it will definitely help.
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