One third of all the adults in the United States will experience some type of panic attack this year, whether it is a single event or part of an ongoing condition. Panic attacks are terrifying; ask one of those people, they will surely agree with that. Panic attacks are periods of extreme, disabling fear or anxiety that is brought on by a certain trigger.

It can be accompanied by shortness of breath, dizziness, and even severe chest pains. Panic attack sufferers may easily believe that they are experiencing a heart attack or some other, more serious medical problem, when what they are actually feeling are the physical symptoms of a psychological condition.

Panic Disorder

Panic disorder is the chronic condition of people who experience panic attacks as an ongoing medical problem. Those who have been diagnosed with an actual panic disorder are usually prescribed medication to curb their attacks. With the variable symptoms that panic attacks carry and the variety of things out there that trigger them, it may take a few different dosage amounts or a couple different types of medication before you find the one that works the best for you.

It is easy to forget to take your medication, or decide that you are done with it and dont want to take it anymore for whatever reason, but your health professional knows what they are doing. If they prescribe you a medication for your panic attacks, it is important that you take it, to decrease the likelihood of you ever having another one of those terrifying episodes again.

Trying Therapy

While panic attacks can be extremely troublesome, you can keep the control of your life that having panic attacks can sometimes make it feel like you are losing. Outside of medication, therapy is also another way of possibly curbing your panic attacks. Panic attacks are often brought on by a certain trigger, or series of triggers. Triggers are things in your environment that cause your body to react; whatever it is in your environment that causes you to have a panic attack can be a trigger.

It can be hard to figure out on your own what your trigger is, and without knowing what your trigger is it can be hard to guarantee that the attacks will stop. Talking with a counselor or a therapist can help you to understand what it is that causes your panic attacks, so you can takes steps to prevent them from happening to you again.

If you drink or do drugs, these things can bring on panic episodes as well. Caffeine is also known to bring on panic attacks so if you partake in any of the aforementioned and you suffer from panic attacks, consider quitting. This may help you reduce or even eliminate the panic attacks you are having.

Panic attacks ARE terrifying. If you are having panic attacks, keep in mind that there are ways to get around them, and there are people that can help. Talk to your doctor about your symptoms if you think the symptoms you are suffering from may be indicative of panic attacks.

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