Many people experience severe emotional anxiety due to overstressing, resulting in panic attacks. The symptoms are quite rough, but there is a way to deal with this problem.
Bright Side dug into the concept of a panic attack, and now we can share self-help techniques that actually work.
What are the main symptoms?
Panic attacks are usually characterized by the following symptoms:
- They come and go in short periods and last for about 5-10 minutes.
After a panic outburst, your whole body might feel exhausted and weary. This means that your brain prepares the body for real danger and takes a lot of energy for it.
People suffering from panic attacks sometimes feel body pains and often go to the doctor. They believe there’s a real threat to their life.
When the attacks occur, you might experience a sense of unreality, as if seeing yourself from the side. You might not recognize the place.
A panic attack is a very individual experience. Rarely does a person’s behavior reveal that he or she is experiencing a panic attack at that moment.
What is a panic attack?
There is a theory that explains panic attacks as a legacy from our primitive ancestors. In any dangerous or life-threatening situation, the human body is prepared to attack or to run. Rapid breathing, reflex escalation, and excessive sweating are the main characteristics of this survival mechanism. Today any stressful situation causes the same symptoms, although there may be no threat to your life.
What should you do?
How can we get rid of panic attacks forever?
A psychologist recommends following this simple advice if you want to forget about panic attacks:
- Avoid stressful situations.
- Learn to relax (sleep well, rest regularly, eat healthily, meditate).
- Consult with a doctor, and check your whole body.
- Try to find a reason for the occurrence of the panic attacks, and be rational about it.