How To Prevent Anxiety Attacks

As anyone who has experienced one knows, anxiety attacks are very frightening episodes of intense fear or panic. In addition to the severe physical and psychological symptoms that accompany the attack itself, the worry about if or when another attack will occur can be debilitating. For many people with recurrent panic attacks, the attacks are triggered by a particular situation. Even if your first panic attack appeared to strike with no particular cause, you may find that the situation you were in at the time causes extra anxiety in the future, because you associate it with having an anxiety attack.

Fortunately, panic disorder and anxiety attacks respond well to treatment, and there are a number of things you can do to help prevent future anxiety attacks. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and exposure therapy are two effective treatment options that a professional counselor can help you with. CBT will help you learn to alter the patterns of thinking that are perpetuating your anxiety, and exposure therapy help you learn to cope with symptoms of panic in a safe, controlled environment.

There are also a number of things you can do on your own to prevent anxiety attacks. Avoiding drugs, including cigarettes and caffeine, can help you avoid triggering an attack. If you're feeling symptoms of an anxiety attack coming on, controlling your breathing can help you avoid hyperventilation and remain calm. Other relaxation techniques, like meditation and progressive muscle relaxation, can help you learn how to relax, so it is easier to keep calm in times of intense anxiety.

Photo: Px Here

Anxiety Support Groups

Latest Post by MillieM Fri, 10/18/2019 - 12:10pm
Comments: 1
Latest Post by MillieM Wed, 10/16/2019 - 11:13am
Comments: 0
Latest Post by MillieM Wed, 10/16/2019 - 11:17am
Comments: 3
Latest Post by MillieM Wed, 10/16/2019 - 11:31am
Comments: 2

More Articles

A team of neuroscientists from the New School for Social Research in New York has announced that not only are the areas of the brain responsible...

Although people typically think of anxiety as a mental condition, it causes a number of physical symptoms. Severe anxiety, particularly...

When you struggle to fall asleep night after night due to severe anxiety, you may find your symptoms getting worse; lack of sleep is one of the...

It is a good idea to monitor your level of stress and do what you can to minimize it during the day. We might meditate, go for a long walk, soak...

Anxiety palpitations may be felt accompanying emotions such as excitement, stress, anxiety or fright. Normally a person is not aware of the...

More Articles

SAM-e, or S-Adenosylmethionine, is a chemical that naturally occurs in the human body and is essential for many biological processes. Although SAM...

What is an Anxiety Disorder? An “anxiety disorder” is an umbrella term that refers to a number of different mental health conditions. While...

The antidepressant Nardil, in the class of antidepressants known as monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), is also frequently prescribed as a...

Food for Thought

Scientists, nutritionists, and accountants agree that creative and clear thinking depends on having a well-nourished...

Vivactil (generic protriptyline hydrochloride) is a tricyclic antidepressant approved by the FDA to treat depression in adults (age 18 and over)....

The term chronic stress disorder is often used to describe the psychological condition known as complex post-traumatic stress disorder (C-PTSD). C...

When you consider common symptoms of anxiety, such as a pounding heart, sweating, and dizziness or lightheadedness, it seems obvious that anxiety...

A study published in the journal Archives of Psychiatry has found that anxiety and mood disorders are more common in people with low incomes....

Everyone who lives with bothersome anxiety symptoms should have a pouch or pocket in their bag or backpack that is an emergency calm-kit.

...

Anxiety medication is one of the effective treatments for anxiety disorders that have been developed through research. There are two types of...

Aromatherapy for anxiety may be a useful natural remedy in helping ease symptoms. Aroma means a pleasant or agreeable odor arising from plants,...

Librium, known generically as chlordiazepoxide, is a benzodiazepine used to relieve anxiety and to control the agitation that is a side effect of...

When people talk about treatments for anxiety, they usually focus on medication and therapy as the two main options for a successful outcome....

Drinking coffee makes you jumpy. Caffeine makes you jittery, it messes up your sleep cycle, and in large enough amounts, it becomes...

When you struggle to fall asleep night after night due to severe anxiety, you may find your symptoms getting worse; lack of sleep is one of the...