The good news is that there are effective treatments to overcome panic attacks and anxiety disorders. One of the most common is cognitive behavioral therapy that enables the patient to examine his or her fears in a less threatening manner. Another is exposure therapy, which places the patient in a controlled and safe version of the trigger location.
In addition to mind over matter, medications are often prescribed. Although they serve their purpose and provide relief, they can also lead to secondary problems. Antidepressants, for example, require long-term use and Benzodiazepines, while intended for use during an attack, are highly addictive and can create serious withdrawal symptoms.
If the thought of going on these types of medications adds to your stress levels, you will be glad to learn that there are self-help techniques that also provide relief. Simply researching your condition (as you’re doing now) can go a long way to mentally arresting the problem. Avoiding cigarettes and stimulants – caffeine, diet pills and certain over-the-counter non-drowsy cold medications – can lessen the chances of a panic attack striking.