Coping with panic attacks is not easy. Panic attacks can be so intense and overwhelming that you may feel you would never overcome them. Nonetheless, every problem has a solution. Taking cue from this, let us now discuss three ways of coping with panic attacks:
1. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
The first line of treatment for coping with panic attacks is cognitive behavioral therapies. Cognitive behavioral therapies are considered to be effective because they help you in understanding the true meaning of panic disorders. Most people who suffer from panic attacks are often under the impression that they are ‘about to go crazy’ or that, ‘they would have a heart attack’. Cognitive therapy helps in changing the way you think. It systematically restructures human mind replacing all the negative thoughts with positive ones
Certain medications such as antidepressants are helpful in containing such attacks. Most anti depressants have anti anxiety properties and they help relieve the human system as they contain sedatives which put you to sleep. Anti anxiety drugs such as benzodiazepines are also known to contain chronic panic disorders with ease. Nonetheless, most doctors are of the belief that the use of antidepressants should be limited to a short term basis as prolonged usage of anti anxiety drugs may cause adverse side effects on the human body.
3. Re-Breathing Using Paper Bags
Doctors often recommend patients suffering from chronic panic disorders to breathe into paper bags for effectively containing these attacks. This is a short term treatment which is effective in containing panic related disorders. Nonetheless, some people are of the belief that it is useless. The reason they give is that paper bag re-breathing reduces the existing oxygen levels in the blood stream thereby increasing the carbon dioxide levels in the human body. Increased carbon dioxide levels can aggravate anxiety attacks.