How to survive a Panic Attack

Being struck with intense fears and apprehension that can last up to 10 or 20 anguishing minutes is the crippling grip of a Panic attack. Those of us who have experienced it at some point in our lives know that how insignificant and vulnerable it can make us feel and how overwhelming everything around us becomes in the blink of an eye.

A panic attack is a crisis of anguish that can lead a normal sane human being to a state of madness in a given situation. Some of the symptoms are tachycardia, shortness of breath, tremors, and dizziness. It generates a feeling of fear of the strange and unknown. Those symptoms and sensations are accompanied by a strong lack of awareness of the environment that surrounds the person who is suffering from the attack. Even though the attack itself is for a couple of minutes, this sort of an experience may require an emotional recovery process after suffering it. A panic attack, in short terms, is the complete loss of self-control.

Many people, who have suffered from a panic attack, might be traumatized after the experience. This can potentially lead to depression and anxiety. The feeling of being vulnerable and exposed can leave the person who suffered from the attack to deal with the aftermath. That can translate into abrupt changes in moods, lack of sleep, a poor diet, and ultimately more physical health problems.

The key to surviving to a panic attack lies within us. The most difficult thing to achieve to make it through an attack is to accept and breathe. Accepting a panic attack is just the first step, but a monumental one. The dreadful sensation that we feel when we are going through one must be confronted with the notion that it is not dangerous. If we are experiencing an attack because of what could be considered a normal situation, breathing and accepting what is happening. Normally a panic attack happens to us when we are at what may see like a “worst case scenario”. It is a matter of perception, in that case you will need to breathe and ride out the situation, especially if its out of your hands. And remember that is ok to be afraid. Think to yourself: “Is this danger I sense or is it just my assumptions?”

After having a panic attack don’t be shy and talk to a doctor to have a check up, and don’t be afraid to seek counseling. Talking about the situation might even help you feel relieved. Also, try to keep your mind and body occupied, do some exercises or take up meditation or yoga.

The immediate days after the attack try to rest enough, and hydrate yourself properly and eat healthy. Try no to dwell to much on the post symptoms of the attack. Keep in mind that you are back to your normal self and that you are tougher and bigger than your fears.

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