Panic Attacks Treatment 2

Apart from antidepressants, a class of medications that are frequently used for anxiety and panic attacks are beta-blockers. These slow down the heart rate and the contraction intensity of the heart, and therefore counteract the common symptoms of a panic attack such as rapid pulse, shaking and sweating. Beta-blockers are commonly used for people with social anxiety attacks. However, these are not free of side effects and can cause dizziness, fatigue and weakness. Beta-blockers should not be taken by asthmatics or diabetics as they can make the symptoms worse.

If your doctor feels that your symptoms are not improving, he may refer you to a mental health specialist. A specialist will plan a treatment for you, according to your experiences of previous treatments. Two such specialists are psychiatrists and clinical psychologists.

There are also some things you can do to help yourself. For example, you should make sure that you are giving yourself enough time to do activities that you like and enjoy, as these will help to relieve your anxiety. You should also avoid stressful situations as much as possible, and do not take on more responsibilities than you can handle. If you job is causing you a lot of stress and this is having an impact on your relationships, you should consider changing jobs. If you are in a bad relationship, and this is triggering your panic attacks, you should consider breaking up that relationship.

It can be very useful to learn some relaxation techniques that you can use to stop a panic attack. Such techniques include breathing exercises, where you inhale and exhale slowly and deeply; meditation; and visualization. For the latter, you simply imagine in great detail that you’re at a location that you find calming, such as the beach or in the country.

There are also some herbal and homeopathic remedies which can help with panic attacks. Herbs such as valerian, kava, st. John’s wort and ginko biloba can reduce anxiety and lower the frequency of panic attacks, but you should consult with your doctor before starting a new supplement, especially if you are using other medications. There are also a number of oils and scents which can help to relax and calm you, especially when combined with relaxing activities such as having a warm bath and getting a massage. Acupuncture is also showing promise as a good anxiety reliever.

In addition, make sure that you are getting enough exercise and that you are eating a healthy diet. Particularly, you want to limit your intake of caffeine and alcohol and if you smoke, quit.