How to Treat Panic Disorder

By | September 20, 2014

Panic disorders can be scary for persons who are experiencing the attacks, and even those who witness them. If you are a victim, it’s very important to get immediate help as this can be one of the most humiliating and uncontrollable experiences that you ever have to deal with. Continue reading if you need information on how to treat panic disorder.

Panic attacks are mistaken often for heart disease or similar illnesses. There are even instances when persons are admitted to emergency rooms, which is not really necessary. Panic disorders are very upsetting episodes which often result from anxiety and might occur once or several times. Some of the common symptoms are quick heartbeat, diarrhea, sweating, breathlessness, nausea, faint feeling, disoriented, dizzy or light headed.

If you have panic disorder, it can be caused by severe emotional disturbance as well as mental health conditions such as depression, behavioral problems, alcohol addiction, and extreme shyness. It’s worth mentioning that depressed persons commonly attempt suicide, so this is something that you are more prone to do if you have a panic disorder. Other factors might include chronic stress or adverse side effects of certain medications.

How to Treat

Tranquilizers are used commonly to treat panic disorder, but they are hardly prescribed by doctors today because of the dependency problem. In most cases, an antidepressant or a beta blocker with a sedative effect is used for a temporary treatment. Cognitive therapy or counseling is often recommended as a long-term help to complement the beta blocker or antidepressant.

In addition, the treatment for panic attacks or disorders can involve some natural therapies which include learning techniques to breath calmly. This technique could be helpful in the middle of an attack if you focus on your breath pattern. You would try to relax your facial muscles and jaw from the moment you start to feel uneasy. You should drop your shoulders below your ears and then take full, steady breaths with even movements in and out. You can count slowly if you are finding it difficult to focus while breathing.

Another way to help calm your nerves is to drink a steaming hot cup of tea with lemon balm. This will have a tranquilizing effect on your nervous system.

Diet is often overlooked, but it also plays a crucial role in treating panic disorders. Some foods can trigger the episodes, while some can lower the chances. Foods with high amounts of Vitamin B and others from the B-complex group such as thiamine (Vitamin B1), niacin (Vitamin B3), and more can help to reduce your panic disorder symptoms.

In addition to the information above, you can get help from your health care provider if you need more suggestions on how to treat panic disorder.

Author: Anja Smith

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