Is there a cure for panic attack? One can say that there are a relatively small number of techniques that have worked for many under a wide spectrum of conditions, and that in a few cases, the problem is complex and difficult. So there is good hope for you even if you are discouraged or depressed.
I. Physical and emotional causes suggest appropriate remedies
Part of the complexity is that causes of panic attacks can be physical and biological on the one hand or in relation to attitude, emotion, and behavior on the other. And quite possibly panic attacks can be influenced from both sides.
Therefore a cure may seek to address both sides, though usually treating attitude, emotion, and behavior proves the more powerful. We will refer to this as the emotional side.
But first, examples of possible physical or biological influences include genetic predisposition, nutritional deficiency, poor diet, allergic reaction, drug side effects, drug withdrawal, nicotine, caffeine, poor sleep patterns, disease, and a sedentary lifestyle.
Either the accumulation of such negative influences or one that is particularly traumatic to the body may make one more vulnerable to panic attacks.
The same is true on the emotional side. Possible examples of stresses on this side are witnessing or otherwise closely experiencing a trauma like the death of a loved one or the accumulation of lesser stresses such as financial instability, divorce, poor relationships at work or school, rejection, deadlines, threat of harm, focus on negative media, previous panic attacks themselves, and so on.
In other words, panic attacks often seem to strike out of nowhere for no apparent reason, but there are reasons that build over time or come suddenly. And the kinds of causes suggest possible cures.
II. From coping to cures
There are of course methods of treating panic attacks which typically do more harm than good over the long haul or which just do not work. Avoidance behaviors and alcohol are among these. If I learn that avoiding one social setting helped me regain a sense of calm, I may increasingly avoid similar social settings. People with agoraphobia may not be able to leave their homes.
Then there are other methods that may be described as coping mechanisms like some drugs or distractions. Coping mechanisms help you exercise a measure of control over or get through panic attacks.
The conceptual difficulty, though, is that coping techniques and cures sometimes blend together. For example, one may focus on slow, deep breathing during an attack. Focusing on breathing rather than scary throughts may be a kind of coping mechanism, while the actual slowed breathing physically reduces panic symptoms and has other healthy effects. Or a nutritional supplement may reset brain chemistry to normal calm mode or just take the edge off heightened anxiety whenever the supplement is taken.
III. Physical or biological treatments
IV. Treatments focusing on the emotional
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