Unfortunately many medical doctors have not been sufficiently trained in how to help people suffering from panic attacks. The usual medical treatment involves reassuring the patient that he or she is 'fine' and prescribing strong anxiolytic medication, which is often extremely addictive with side effects that are sometimes more debilitating than the panic attacks themselves. It is important to recognize that panic attacks can be relatively easily treated without medication and then to refer these patients for treatment during the early stages of the problem. This would mean that there would be fewer people with chronic and severe forms of panic disorder and fewer dependent on strong drug therapy.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CTB)
This form of therapy is practised by psychologists and has been very successful in treating Panic Attacks. By investigating and recognizing the thoughts and situations that ‘trigger’ the panic attacks, strategies and coping mechanisms can be put into practice – at your own pace. Your therapist will provide you with ‘life tools’ and behavioural techniques to help you manage the panic attacks and prevent future ones. The more in control you feel, the less likely you will be to feel anxious – thereby further reducing the incidence and severity of panic attacks
Meditation, yoga and deep breathing are some techniques that can be used to help control anxiety and lessen the stress that might be triggering the attacks. These can be very successfully taught by a psychologist and can also be learnt by using self-help books and CD’s composed by experts.
Natural Herbal and Homeopathic Remedies
There are many natural remedies for panic attacks that may be used alone or in combination with therapy. Regular use of the correct remedy can minimise anxiety and stress and improve overall mood as well as preventing symptoms of panic attacks.
Lemon Balm, Lavender and Passiflora just are few recommended natural remedies for panic attacks that have had positive results in relieving symptoms of panic attacks and anxiety .
Natural remedies for panic attacks include regular use of St John’s Wort which has been shown to be very successful in increasing a sense of well-being and reducing or even eliminating the occurrence and symptoms of panic attacks. Discuss these options with your doctor or consult a homeopath or naturopath for advice.