Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Now There is a Cure For Panic Attacks!

If you are reading this article you either suffer from a panic related disorder or attacks, or have a loved one going through this awful ordeal. In either case, give yourself a pat on the back because you've taken the first initiative to obtaining a cure for panic attacks by making an effort to finding information about this torrid problem.

A cure for panic attacks comes in numerous forms and thus the chances of you completely overcoming your panic attacks are very high. Before we dive into the professional's cure for panic attacks, it would be better to first analyze how you live your life.

As the root cause of panic attacks is anxiety, odds are that you lead a very stressful life in which you are perpetually worrying and fretting about something or someone. Hence, a change is required in your lifestyle whereby you avoid things which increase stress levels and in their place you adopt habits which are healthier in nature. Alcohol, nicotine and caffeine, all renowned for increasing stress levels, thus need to be avoided for you to cure your panic attacks. In their replacement you should incorporate a diet which is healthy, i.e. one which includes ample amounts of fruits and vegetables. Additionally, you should take up an exercise routine on a regular basis so that your body and mind are both given a much needed breather from the frenzy of your normal day.

Once you manage to incorporate these lifestyle changes you will automatically feel a difference in your physical and mental health. Not only will you feel better about yourself, but you will soon see that your anxiety levels are far lower than what they used to be. Nonetheless, you might still need professional help to fully cure yourself of panic attacks. Professional help comes in three forms; medications, behavioral therapy, and a combination of the two.

While behavioral therapy has been lauded by the majority of medical professionals since it provides permanent improvements, medications have generally been criticized. This is because both the medication options i.e. antidepressants and benzodiazepines are known to show desired results only whilst the medication is being taken. Research shows that when medication is stopped, the chances of a reoccurrence of the panic attack increases greatly. Moreover, medication for panic disorders has also become infamous for its side effects as well as its addictive nature.

That said, the attraction and appeal of benzodiazepines still remains strong among people suffering from panic related conditions, since benzodiazepines are able to provide instant relief and can thus be used to counter the symptoms of a panic attack when they surface. Remember though that as mentioned earlier the 'pill popping' route can be a dangerous and if you feel compelled to go down the medication route, it should only be after extensive consultations with your physician or doctor.

A better idea though would be to give therapy a chance. Although therapy is spread out over numerous sessions and can thus test a person's patience, its success ratio is so high that it has unofficially come to be known as the best cure for panic attacks. Whether you opt for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or Exposure Therapy, you need to remember to remain steadfast to your option and be patient even if results don't come as fast as you would like.

Always keep in mind what's at stake...Your life. Instead of throwing away everything for a short term solution, build the patience to endure a proper therapy treatment plan and hopefully before you know it, you'll have your life back in your hands.

Note that if you really want to get the ball rolling on curing your panic attack, you need to start reading up as much as you can on the topic. The more you inform yourself of your problem, the easier the curing process will be.

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