Do you suffer panic attacks?

Written by: Dra. Maria Jesús Serrano Ripoll
Published: | Updated: 19/02/2018
Edited by: Top Doctors®

The person who suffers anxiety attacks - or panic - suddenly feel terrified for no apparent reason. During the panic attack very intense physical symptoms such as tachycardia, shortness of breath, pulmonary hyperventilation, trembling or dizziness occur.

Panic attacks can occur at any time or place without notice, and no clear trigger. The person suffering from a panic attack feels is in danger of imminent death and has an imperative need to escape from a place or a feared situation.


How to control panic attacks?

The panic takes time and patience to redefine attitudes to extreme fear to face the event that causes. With the help of an expert in psychology cognitive behavior it is relatively simple, without necessarily perform many sessions.


Tips to prevent and avoid anxiety attacks

One strategy that has worked best is the application of "the ten rules to deal with a panic attack":

  1. Remember that what you feel is simply the exaggeration of normal reactions to stress.
  2. It is neither harmful nor dangerous, only unpleasant. Nothing worse can happen.
  3. Do not add frightening thoughts about what is happening and what could happen.
  4. Look at what is happening to your body now, not on what you fear in your mind, that might happen later.
  5. Wait and let pass the fear. Do not fight it. I accept it.
  6. When you stop to think alarming things, fear is extinguished by itself.
  7. Remember that the main thing is to learn to cope with fear, not to avoid it. It's a great opportunity to progress.
  8. Think of the progress it has made so far, despite the difficulties. Think how happy you'll be when you exceed this time.
  9. When you feel better, look around and think what can plan to do next.
  10. When ready to proceed, start slowly, in a relaxed state. No need to run and try.


What if anxiety attacks are not controlled?

Experiencing a panic attack is a terrible, uncomfortable and intense experience that is often associated with a person restricts their behavior, which can lead, in some cases, limiting behaviors to adopt to avoid a repetition of the crises. The disorder can lead to agoraphobia, fear of presenting new crisis, making it increasingly fear or fear has become widespread and more situations.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Dra. Maria Jesús Serrano Ripoll

Psychology specialist, Maria Jesus Serrano Ripoll, is an expert in youth and adult psychology, as well as assessment, diagnosis and intervention in mental disorders and behavioral problems through cognitive-behavioral counseling. Degree in Psychology from the Universitat de les Illes Balears, in 2001 obtained the title of Master of Programs and Services care for the disabled. It is also Specialist in Quality Management in Social Services from the University of the Balearic Islands since 2001 and is currently Professor in the Department of Psychology of the Universitat de les Illes Balears. Since 2001, he develops his professional work, with current psychologist in Global Health. It recently obtained a doctorate degree in psychology with a grade of Excellent Cum Laude.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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