Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Panic Attack Medications - Why You Don't Need Them

Your doctor's first line treatment for panic attack is usually drug-based medications. These work quite well for many people, but their downsides are that they treat the symptoms rather than the root cause, and, they do have many negative side effects. In addition they can be expensive, especially where they have to be used over a considerable period of time. Here, you'll discover why you don't need panic attack medications to succeed.

First, let's consider how a panic attack occurs...

An attack normally occurs where a sufferer already has much higher-than-normal levels of anxiety. So when an everyday stressful event occurs, such as; shopping in a crowded supermarket, driving in the rush hour, etc., the additional stress pushes their overall anxiety up to such an intensity that a panic attack is triggered.

Nowadays, more and more folks are seeking to eliminate their attacks using totally natural remedies without the bad side effects of drug-based medications. Typical of these are; dizziness, nausea, disorientation, depression, fatigue, blurred vision, light headedness, memory loss, and, in some cases, dependency.

Nevertheless, drugs can be effective short term solutions and are widely prescribed. However, in many cases, after patients come off the drugs at the end of their course, the anxiety and their associated attacks can re-occur, because the root cause hasn't been tackled.

Sufferers are then faced with the choice of going back on drugs where appropriate, or, using other non-drug therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Many prefer to go the therapy route, with CBT and others such as hypnosis, self-hypnosis, meditation, etc. There are also things like yoga, acupuncture and support groups etc.

The aforementioned can be looked upon as techniques to help you cope with, or manage, your general anxiety and panic attacks. But that's all they do; help you cope. And drugs only help you with the symptoms. You want to get to the root of the problem and tackle that in order to get to a successful conclusion...

One of the key elements in arriving at a proper cessation of anxiety and panic attacks is your natural fear of having a panic attack. This can be a conscious or subconscious fear, but, either way, it can hold you back and is at the root of things.

You see, your fear of another attack can be the very thing that causes that panic attack to occur. Try to look at it like this: your understandable fear builds on your already higher-than-normal general anxiety so that a normal, everyday stressful occurrence -- that under normal circumstances you would take in your stride -- can raise your overall anxiety level to such a height that an attack is triggered.

Look on this process as a 'cycle of anxiety' that can be described as; anxiety > panic attack > fear > raised anxiety > panic attack > fear > raised anxiety > and so on. You need to break this vicious cycle in order to prevent further panic attacks and cure your general anxiety.

Now, only you can break the cycle; drugs won't do it and, even with the best therapies to help you, you'll need a great deal of determination and a positive attitude to succeed. But there is a special technique that you can use called the 'One Move' technique that can help enormously.

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