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New Ideas: Cure for Panic Attacks

Panic attacks are terrible but thankfully, there is a cure for panic attacks. You clutch your heart as you sweat hard. But your attention is then shifted to your stomach; it hurts and you have a feeling that you want to hurl. Somebody calls you from the back, but as you turn, you fall down only to wake up a few hours later in the clinic. You missed your speech for a communications class. You suffered a panic attack.

A panic attack is a sudden feeling of overwhelming terror, fear, and anxiety. Most people do not realize that they are already experiencing a panic attack. A feeling of anxiety and fear is a normal part of life. It is our body’s response to the environment. However, if this occurs in great intensity, in repeated intervals and for long periods of time, it may have evolved into a panic disorder.

Symptoms of Panic Disorder

Aside from those mentioned in the first paragraph, the following are some signs and symptoms of a panic attack:

  1. Heart palpitations
  2. Hyperventilation or shortness of breath
  3. Choking feeling
  4. Shaking or trembling
  5. Light-headedness, dizziness
  6. Fainting
  7. Cold or hot flashes
  8. Detachment from surroundings
  9. Momentary loss of sight or hearing
  10. Fear of dying and loss of control

 

It must be noted that of the signs and symptoms listed may also be attributed to other diseases like heart attack, heat stroke and the like. It is, therefore, important to first rule out the other diseases that share similar signs and symptoms. This will greatly help in prescribing a cure which can either be a cure for panic attacks or for other diseases.

Causes of Panic Disorder

The exact cause of panic attacks and disorders has not been concretely established. However, there are a lot of factors that can be attributed to it. These factors include the following:

  1. Substance Abuse

Substance Abuse can lead to a lot of diseases, one of them being a panic disorder. Alcohol and drugs are stimulants that greatly affect the body’s neural system.

  1. Family history

Past studies have shown that panic disorder and like diseases seem to run in the family.

  1. Changes in the nervous system

As aforementioned, changes in the neural system may cause a panic attack. An imbalance in the neurotransmitters in the body is one of the many factors that give rise to panic attacks. Neurotransmitters are also known as chemical messengers. These chemicals are responsible for neurotransmission. They transmit messages from one neuron to another across a chemical synapse.

  1. Stress

Significant and stressful events in one’s life may bring about panic disorder. The transition from childhood to puberty is one of the many examples. A loss of a loved one can also trigger a panic attack.

 Treatment and Medication

The following are some of the cures for panic attacks and panic disorders. For more accurate treatment and medication plans, consult with your doctor.

  1. Antidepressants

Antidepressants for panic attack and panic disorder vary. Most doctors usually prescribe the following for panic attacks: Paxil, Zoloft or Prozoc. For panic disorder, Norpramin, Tofranil and Anafranil are the ones usually given.

  1. Benzodiazepines

Benzodiazepines, on the other hand, are one of the most prescribed medications in the United States. It acts very much like a tranquilizer. Aside from panic attacks and disorders, it is also usually prescribed to people suffering from insomnia, anxiety, seizure, and alcohol withdrawal. It is also used before anesthetics during surgery. It helps the muscles relax. The following are some examples of benzodiazepines: triazolam (Halcion), midazolam (Versed), lorazepam (Ativan), alprazolam (Xanax), diazepam (valium) and chlordiazepoxide (Librium). A word of caution though, these medications are highly addictive and must be used in the regulation.

  1. Therapy

Aside from the aforementioned medications, there are other cures for panic attacks and disorders such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Exposure Therapy.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is the form of therapy that gives emphasis on the behaviors and thinking patterns of the patient. The therapy aims to put the fears and anxieties of the patient in a more realistic light. In a sense, the patient is helped to conquer his or her fears.

Exposure therapy, as its name suggests, subjects the patients to their fears in a controlled and simulated environment. This way, the patient will ‘get used’ to the fear eventually conquering it.

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