If you have ever experienced an anxiety attack, you know that it can be a truly scary experience. In fact, one out of every seventy-five people has experienced one of these anxiety attacks sometime in their life. An anxiety attack is much more than simply feeling anxious about an upcoming test or an upcoming presentation you will have to give in front of an audience.
With an anxiety attack, you can be out having fun, shopping at a mall when, out of nowhere, you feel that you are slowly and surely losing control. You are overwhelmed with an irrational fear that does not only alarm you but stifles you. Common symptoms of anxiety attacks include, but are not limited, to a rapid heartbeat, a tingling sensation in your extremities, nausea, and lightheadedness, sweating, a feeling that it is difficult to breathe and chest pains.
Many people who experience their first anxiety, or panic, attack often rush straight to the hospital for fear they are suffering a heart attack or stroke. Make no mistake. Anxiety attacks can be truly terrifying experiences as the sufferer often feels paralyzed with fear or as if he/she is about to pass out or die.
You can imagine how scary this attack might be, but how can you control an anxiety attack? Before doing anything, if you have experienced what you felt was a panic attack, note the time, intensity and symptoms and consult your physician to rule out any type of physical ailments. Once you have ruled out any physical ailments, your doctor may be able to prescribe you a medication that will control the symptoms of an anxiety attack.
While the medication may not cure the attacks, they may make the symptoms seem less severe. If the anxiety attacks continue, despite medication, you might want to consider some form of behavioral therapy. A therapist may be able to get to the root of what causes the anxiety attacks so that the sufferer will be more effective and better equipped to deal with the problem, thereby decreasing the frequency or severity of the attacks.
Some doctors advise sufferers of anxiety attacks to focus on their breathing, since during attacks, many sufferers tend to hyperventilate or get lightheaded, due to the fact that they are taking shallow breaths. As with any ailment that is affecting you, consult your personal physician to determine which method of treatment, if any, is right for you.
In the meantime, however, what can you personally do to help ease the symptoms of an anxiety attack? If you have no ailment that is physically harming you, it is imperative that you understand that an anxiety attack has nothing to do with your physical well-being.
While they are scary episodes, they will not kill you. What makes an anxiety attack so horrible is the thought that you are slowly dying or going crazy. Once you own to the fact that an anxiety attack cannot and will not kill you, you will be better able to handle an attack when it comes. If you feel an anxiety attack coming on, find a simple task or action to perform that might distract you from intensifying your own attack. You can count out loud or find a friend to talk to about something random.
An anxiety attack feeds on one’s fears and, if you are not letting yourself get freaked out, the attack may dwindle away without becoming too intense.