If you or someone you love has ever suffered a panic attack, you know that is a terrifying event that robs the sufferer of their joy in life. Here we'll discuss what to do about Panic Syndrome.
Panic Syndrome is a layman's term for what most health care professionals call panic disorder. It covers a wide variety of anxiety-related disorders, such as phobias, general anxiety, and panic attacks. The thing they all have in common is that they cause sufferers a lot of distress.
Many people suffer one panic attack, and then live in constant dread they will have another. This constant fear of more attacks, and the obsessive worrying about them, actually causes people to have MORE attacks. They ‘think’ themselves into these attacks because of their constant obsessing about the possibility.
A more broad form of panic disorder is anxiety, which is marked by uneasiness, physical symptoms such as feeling unwell, negative and worrying thoughts the sufferer cannot control, etc. When anxiety increases, it can erupt into a panic attack.
The best thing to do when an attack strikes is to do whatever you can to remove yourself from whatever is causing the situation. For instance, someone suffering from claustrophobia who is in an elevator that suddenly fills up with people should get off the elevator at the earliest opportunity.
For some, panic attacks originate with thoughts and disturbed patterns of thought rather than with any physical cause. Many events can cause sufferers to start having panic attacks: divorces, deaths of loved ones, being attacked. In many cases, future attacks occur even though there is nothing physically wrong with the sufferer, or there is nothing physical present to trigger the attack. Learning to control one's thoughts through meditation are an excellent way to redirect focus away from distressing thoughts and onto serene, calming thoughts. However, using meditation to control panic attacks is a skill that is learned over time.
Panic attack sufferers should ask their physician or therapist for help in dealing with the issue, and potentially seek out support groups as well. Educating yourself about the causes and triggers of panic attacks will go a long way towards helping you control them. Some people may require medication, but do not accept this as the only option if your doctor suggests it right away. There is no need to make yourself dependent on drugs, because many people find relief through alternative therapies. Drugs are expensive and may have unwanted side effects.