Easing Panic Attacks

by aevans
Panic attacks are very real health risks and affect millions of people across the United States every year.  The feeling can trigger increased heart rate, sweating, shaking, difficulty breathing or a feeling of choking, and other fear-inducing symptoms.  But there are things you can do to ease a panic attack.

Many people have found solutions in hypnosis.  Hypnosis can help your body change the way it responds to certain stimuli, including a racing heart rate or an outside trigger of a panic attack.  Humor therapy can also help.  Patients learn to recall a moment when they laughed hysterically.  When the panic attack shows signs of starting, patients simply recall that vivid moment, and the body naturally calms itself.  Another treatment found to be very effective is cognitive behavioral therapy, wherein the mind is essentially 'reprogrammed' not to fear the trigger of the attack.  It may mean facing the fear in gradually longer and more sever controlled situations, or it may also mean convincing the brain that there is nothing to fear.

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