What to do when Anxiety Attack Symptoms arise

By: Martin Richfield

When anxiety attack symptoms strike, many people believe they are suffering from very serious, life threatening medical conditions. Understanding exactly what is going on with the body and what is creating the symptoms in the first place is not always an easy undertaking. There are certain things people who experience these symptoms for the first time should do to be positive that anxiety is actually to blame.

Since these signals can mirror heart attack symptoms, it is always advised that immediate medical attention be obtained to make the determination of the real cause. It is very difficult in many cases to distinguish an anxiety attack from an actual heart attack. A doctor should be the one to decide.

If these symptoms are diagnosed as such, there are things people can do to help themselves if future attacks to present. It is important to remember, however, that some people might suffer from anxiety attack symptoms once in lifetime and then never have a repeat. For others, these symptoms become a way of life as anxiety disorders develop and progress.

Treating the symptoms often begins with medical intervention. A combination of prescription medications and therapy can greatly help people overcome attacks and resume normal, everyday activities. Unfortunately, if these symptoms are left unchecked, some people might choose to isolate themselves from triggers. In extreme cases, this can lead to almost complete isolation. In some anxiety disorders, for example, people try to avoid all contact with the outside world, preferring the sanctuary of their own homes instead. This cuts them off from social activity, working, going to school and generally enjoying life to its fullest.

Beyond medical intervention to treat these symptoms, some people find a number of alternative therapies quite useful. Some of the most common therapies used to treat this illness involve those that can calm a person while an attack is in its onset phase and help them stop it in its tracks. These therapies include:

- Deep breathing/meditation. This can be a very effective means for helping some people with anxiety attack symptoms regain composure. The key to using this is to recognize onset signs and react immediately.

- Facing fears. In the case of some phobias that bring on these attacks, psychologists will help patients face their fears to overcome them. This is generally only advised under close supervision by a trained therapist. If it is successful, a person might find they are completely rid of the condition and the attacks.

- Hypnosis. Some hypnosis procedures have been shown to be effective in helping people overcome this problem, or at least frequency.

Dealing with these symptoms is not always an easy undertaking. When coming up with ways to overcome attacks is desired, a combination of therapy, medication and even alternative measures can help some people regain control over their lives.

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