How To Maintain Control During An Anxiety Attack

By: freearticlesguy
One of the most insidious conditions affecting individuals today is anxiety. It is accompanied by fear, whether justified or not. Anxiety can occur at any time, under any circumstances. Let's take a look at anxiety and how it can balloon into a full blown panic attack.

Anxiety can be accompanied by a variety of physical symptoms. Most commonly, these symptoms are related to the heart, lungs, and nervous system. You may feel as if you are having a heart attack. What are some of the catalysts that can bring on anxiety? Stress at work; stress from school; stress in a personal relationship; financial stress; stress from an emotional trauma such as the death of a loved one; stress from a serious medical illness; a side effect from a specific medication; drug use; or medical illness.

Any of these symptoms can be categorized as generalized anxiety disorder. An anxiety attack is defined as an unrealistic worry over a period of at least six months associated with three of the following symptoms: restlessness; fatigue; difficulty concentrating; irritability; muscle tension; or sleep disturbances.

Depending upon the situation or event which triggers the anxiety attack, you may treat it at home and without seeking medical intervention. This depends on the duration of each attack. If they are short and limited, you can follow these suggestions: talk with a supportive person; use some form of meditation; occupy your time by watching TV; take a long warm bath; or use deep breathing exercises.

However, it is important to note that when involved in a full blown panic attack, the fear may override any ability to engage in any of the aforesaid suggestions. In fact, when the anxiety attack reaches the stage of panic, nothing will abate the pronounced symptoms; you'll have to ride it out.

Anxiety attacks were once considered a "nervous condition" 30 years ago and treated with Valium. It is now considered a treatable disease. Medications such as Xanax, Zoloft, Buspar and Prozac are often prescribed. It must be stated, however, that depending upon your tolerance to certain medications, you may have to try different drugs to determine which one not only prevents the attacks, but keeps your mind clear enough to be able to function.

Having an anxiety attack can be scary. You must remember, however, you will not faint; have a heart attack; or experience an impending doom. If you are driving and have an attack, pull over; if you are at home alone, try to call someone to stay with you until it passes. No matter where it happens, the first inclination is to run. Just try to stay calm and take deep breaths. Stop whatever you are doing and remain in one place until the symptoms pass. You will be okay.

Nothing is going to happen to you. Keep repeating these words, "I am safe." Once the symptoms pass, you will be extremely tired. Take some time to regain your composure. Everything is going to be alright. Count on it.
Medical Conditions
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 

» More on Medical Conditions
 



Share this article :
Click to see more related articles