Panic Attacks: Coping with the Demon

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Panic Attacks: Coping with the Demon
Panic Attacks: Coping with the Demon

How to cope with panic attacks. Can this be accomplished or is it a condition you have to live with for the rest of your life? Can you really control that feeling, of being out of control? You can be perfectly fine one minute and the next you feel the telltale symptoms of a panic attack about to overcome you. Will it ever pass; will you ever be free of this demon? These are questions I have tried to solve for approximately 27 years.

I wasn’t diagnosed with panic attacks per se, instead it was labeled Depression, and I find it interesting that when I do have a panic attack, they continue to tell me that what I am experiencing is not a panic attack, even though my tests for other illnesses always come back negative. This is because my attacks include vomiting and diarrhea.

My first medication was prescribed; it was a well known med called Prozac 10mg, back in 2000. Later when I insisted I had panic attacks, they also prescribed Xanax, for anxiety. In 2007 Effexor XR 35mg was next and again to be increased to 75mg, then 150mg and finally 300mg. Ever feel like they were treating the symptoms, but not the problem? I did. So I decided to take a new route called taking care of me.

I have learned along the way, some tips on how to cope with panic attacks.
1. Read up on anxiety, depression and panic attacks. The symptoms are normal, you are not crazy. The symptoms are uncomfortable, yet it’s not dangerous. 2. Learn how to breathe. Take slow deep breaths, sitting down or laying may help. I like to be in a quite dark room, when I feel an attack occurring. 3. Avoid coffee, cigarettes, alcohol because they can actually provoke and attack. 4. Exercise daily. This has been helped me when I’m stressed. Walking is my favorite exercise. Try it. 5. Know you are not alone. There are many successful and famous people who suffer from panic attacks. Join a support group, go to a therapist, and go to your doctor regularly. I know because I have experienced panic attacks for 27 years. Hopefully someday they will be a thing of the past, it can happen.

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