Treatment that’s available.
Where do you go for panic attack treatment? Some sources are obvious, such as a Psychiatrist or mental health clinic. However, there are other places to seek help, or you can create one! Treatment can be traditional or not-so-traditional. (Some are very simple – such as learning to breathe properly – see BreathMinder, and others not so apparent.)
Anxiety can be treated medically, with psychological counseling, or independently. Ultimately, the proper treatment plan depends on the cause of your anxiety and upon your personal preferences. Often treatment is a combination of psychotherapy, behavioral therapy, and medications.
Sometimes alcoholism, depression, or other conditions have such a strong effect on a person that treating their anxiety disorder must wait until those conditions are brought under control.
In some cases, your can treat your anxiety at home, without a doctor’s supervision. This will most likely be limited to situations in which the duration of the anxiety is short and the cause is known and can be eliminated or avoided. Some of the things done on your own include, but aren’t limited to,
– learning how to manage the stress in your life,
– making yourself take breaks from daily pressures of work deadlines,
– having a support person to talk to about your anxiety,
– surround yourself with positive people and positive situations,
– avoid negative people and detracting situations,
– learn proper breathing technique and adopt a good breathing habit,
– avoid nicotine, caffeine, and recreational drugs,
– exercise regularly, eat properly, and get sufficient sleep.
SELF-HELP INTERNET SITES
There’s good information and not-so-good information on the Internet, agreed? Also, there are some programs that promise results – but you should be careful and make sure you can get your money back if you don’t like the program.
I have found some internet sites that offer excellent self-help programs – just make sure you try programs that offer money back guarantee or a free trial or both. There are several programs out there, but try to only deal with those that offer 100% risk-free programs.
Psychological counseling, a typical method of treating anxiety, can include cognitive-behavioral therapy, psychotherapy, or a combination of therapies. For example, exposure-based therapy such as CBT may have people confront their fears and try to help them become desensitized to anxiety-triggering situations. There are many other types of therapy, this is just an example of but one of them.
Psychotherapy is another type of counseling treatment for anxiety disorders. It consists of talking with a trained mental health professional, psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker, or other counselor. Sessions may be used to explore the causes of anxiety and possible ways to cope with symptoms.
EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (EAP)
If your employer has an Employee Assistance Program (EAP,) you should check it out. The EAP is typically an employee benefit free of charge for the employee. The EAP will refer you to a trained counselor or therapist for consultation – most programs offer a half dozen or so visits per year at no charge to you. It is important to know that an EAP is confidential – the employer is not allowed to know the person’s identity or why a person sought help from the EAP.
Explore the “official” bulletin board at your workplace for a poster that gives EAP contact information. If you can’t find a poster, ask your Human Resources representative about an EAP where you work. EAP programs are designed to help with any kind of problem – work related or not. Some programs cover an employee’s immediate family members as well, so it is worth checking into.
BREATHING REMINDER DEVICES
You already own one of the most effective treatments!
(Your lungs.) Breathing correctly is an important and effective treatment. According to renowned health specialist, Dr. Andrew Weil,
“If I had to limit my advice on healthier living to just one tip, it would be simply to learn how to breathe correctly.”
Breathing – proper breathing – is most likely the most important and most effective of all “treatments” and its benefit cannot be over-emphasized. Equally important is remembering to ‘do your breathing’ properly and on a regular basis. Many use a little breathing reminder device designed specifically for people with anxiety called The BreathMinder® (the sole sponsor of this web site.) When you remember to breathe correctly, measureable health benefits can result immediately according to almost every study done on the subject.
Often a Church or Temple in your area will provide counseling assistance if asked. Many such organizations have a crisis hotline 24/7 where you can find someone to talk to when things get overwhelming. Many of these hotlines are set up with one hotline for adults and a separate one for teens. Contact is by telephone or by internet – you should check out if you or a friend could benefit from such a hotline. In addition to any internal resources a hotline may have, they can also refer you to outside help. Often, these outside resources are a low cost provider or one who will help you on a “sliding scale” based on your ability to pay.
You can create your own source of help! Yes, why not start your own support group? There are many people who have anxiety attack symptoms, but you’d never know it. Generally, people are reluctant to talk about it or they don’t know why they feel the way they do. And many of these panic and anxiety sufferers would like to join a group, but don’t have any nearby resources. (Remember that many persons who suffer are house-bound and do not venture too far from home.) It is not difficult to start your own Support Group. In my case, I tried lots of things, but the most helpful was the support group and having other panic attack sufferers to call on when I needed somebody.
Medicines such as antidepressants, benzodiazepines, tricyclics, and beta-blockers are used to control some of the physical and mental symptoms. Anxiety has often been treated with a class of drugs called benzodiazepines such as:
- Diazepam (Valium)
- Alprazolam (Xanax)
- Lorazepam (Ativan)
- Clonazepam (Klonopin)
Anti-depressants are also commonly used to treat anxiety even though they were first designed to treat depression. Some anti-depressants include:
- Sertraline (Zoloft)
- Paroxetine (Paxil)
- Fluoxetine (Prozac)
- Escitalopram (Lexapro)
- Citalopram (Celexa)
- Venlafaxine (Effexor)
Be aware that there can be side effects of sleepiness and dependency, dizziness, headaches, nausea, etc. It is extremely important medicine should only be used under the close supervision of a doctor and NEVER take medicine that is prescribed to other people. Never.
Getting enough sleep is important to reducing feelings of anxiety and getting a good sleep is key. There’s an organization out there whose mission is to help people get a good sleep. They offer some great information on this important subject to include a list of the top 10 things you can do to reduce anxiety, worry, and stress to get a good night’s sleep.
The Tuck organization aims to improve sleep hygiene, health, and wellness through the creation and dissemination of comprehensive, unbiased, free resources and offers five tips that can help you fall asleep in spite of anxiety.
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One of the most effective treatments you can give to yourself is free and quick – you can achieve relief in less than a minute. It is as simple as it sounds, just learn how to breathe correctly and then remember to practice your breathing. To remember to practice, I use a breathing reminder called The BreathMinder to help “coach” my breathing exercises so I remember to breathe properly.
Page last updated December 5, 2018