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The problem with panic attacks is that they often strike out of the blue, without any particular reason and bring on severe apprehension and discomfort. Panic attacks can be characterized as a combination of frightening physical sensations and distressing thoughts and emotions. They can lead to avoidance behaviors – people try to stay away from all places or situations in which they may have or already had a panic attack.
The avoidance behaviors associated with agoraphobia tend to grow over time and can have a huge impact on a person’s quality of life. The person’s work, personal life, communication with other people and other fields of life can be affected. People who suffer from agoraphobia often develop groups of feared situations that are related, despite a lack of actual threat or danger. They are typically experienced through associations – for example, a person who is afraid to have a panic attack while attending crowded places such as big concerts may also begin avoiding all places there are a lot of people, such as supermarkets etc.
Medication can be a useful part of the recovery plan. Although it doesn’t solve the problem, it can be used to temporarily control or reduce some of the symptoms of panic disorder. Medication is most effective when combined with other treatments, such as therapy and changes in the lifestyle.
Medications which can be useful in this condition include antidepressants or benzodiazepines.
It takes several weeks before antidepressants begin to work that is necessary to take them continuously, not just during a panic attack. Benzodiazepines are anti-anxiety drugs that act very quickly (usually within 30 minutes to an hour). Taking them during a panic attack provides rapid relief of symptoms. Keep in mind that benzodiazepines are highly addictive drugs, so they should be used with caution.
How to help someone having a panic attack
Seeing your nearest to suffer from a panic attack can be frightening. How you can help a loved one having a panic attack? That is not possible just to say to calm down and minimize their fear with words. Remember that during a panic attack the danger seems very real to them. The following help techniques will support and prepare you, so you could help your relative or a friend to feel less fearful and don’t be afraid of any future attacks.
- First of all, you must start with yourself. Be calm, understanding, supportive and non-judgmental.
- Focus your close one on their breathing. During a panic attack that is important to find a quiet place, sit down and take slow, deep breaths for a few minutes.
- Physical activities will help to burn stress.
- Encourage your loved one to seek professional help. While you can certainly support a loved one during the panic attack and learn about their condition, it is crucial that they seek professional help for their anxiety.