Panic Attack Treatments - Overcoming Your Panic Disorder

By: Nicole Ross

Panic attack disorders are experienced by four out of five adults. Depending on the person affected, the condition may range from mild to extreme. According to experts, panic attacks occur suddenly and unexpectedly without any definite factor that triggers it. For those who suffer from panic attacks and haven't learned to recognize the triggers and signs of an oncoming attack, should be aware that the attack can strike at any time.

The first way to overcoming panic disorder is to recognize the signs of an onset of a panic attack. Rapid and irregular heart rhythm, a racing or pounding heart, dizziness, frequently lightheaded, nausea, trembling or shakiness, weariness or lethargy, profuse sweating, diarrhea and constipation, a series of hot or cold flashes, difficulty breathing, an overpowering feeling of terror, dread and fear of losing control.

Panic attacks are more serious than simple anxiety. Panic disorder can showcase grouping effects that can bring comfort at one moment and frightening episodes of behavior the next. These are just some of the many signs of panic attacks. Since each individual can manifest other symptoms depending on their body chemistry and how he or she reacts to stress, panic attacks vary in nature.

The panic attack sufferer not only has to recognize the signs and symptoms of panic disorder, but they also must include recognition of the reasons why the attacks happen. According to experts, there are several theories as to why these attacks occur in the first place. The most common reason being genetics and heredity.

Researchers have agreed that if panic disorder runs in the family, the person is more likely to experience attacks when compared to those who have not been predisposed. Genetics are just the root of the disorder. External factors such as stressful life events, unhealthy diet, hypoglycemia and some medications play a huge roll in becoming diagnosed with panic disorder.

Once your condition is diagnosed by the physician or trained specialist, you can then begin to use your treatment options that will help prevent the panic disorder or aid you in stopping the panic attacks.

Today, medical researchers have developed treatments and solutions to the problem, as well as preventions. Two major treatments that are given are usually behavioral therapy, administering of prescription drugs, or a combination of both, if necessary. Seeking medical attention is the first thing you should do, if you have been experiencing signs of a panic attack. A licensed professional can diagnose panic attacks and start a treatment plan.

Treatments that involve therapy, medication, or a combination of the two are quite vital to controlling panic disorder. It is best that you seek professional help early if you feel you are prone to having these symptoms of panic disorder or panic attacks. A psychiatrist, psychologist or even a licensed counselor can help diagnose your condition and start you a treatment regimen.

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