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Okay, so I've been having some very minor panic attacks...I can usually get them under control within ten or so minutes...however, I can't afford to have one of these episodes over the next couple of days...<br><br>
so, does anyone know of a good way to relieve a panic attack?<br><br>
I know the cause of these issues, and it will soon be over, but until then, I need some way to shorten the length of the attacks while they are happening.<br><br>
Please and Thank you!<br><br>
~sb
 

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Counsiling, would help to know what is your trigger.<br><br>
See I have to check the stove, oven, doors, windows's everything before I go to bed before I leave the house everything and that seems to help me.<br><br><br><br>
Granted if I do not do that I can get seriously upset but as long as I have my little routine all is good.
 

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Been there myself. Do you get any warning signs beforehand? Hyperventilating, growing uneasiness, bad thoughts? If yes, try to stop what you're doing when getting these, sit down,relax and don't think of anything stressful for a while. Take deep breaths and clear your mind. Talk to someone, if that helps.<br><br><br><br>
If you the panick attack happens suddenly, it's good to have a 'mantra' ready for this case, something along the lines of "it's all going to be ok". It helped me to rationalize everything (e.g. even if I fail my degree, it's still alright. I've had attacks before, they go away), so when the attack hits, you've got something to hold on to.<br><br><br><br>
A friend gave me Bach's rescue remedy, and I took it whenever I felt really stressed and my heart started to beat faster, and it did have a calming effect. It's the sort which comes with the device to measure drops as a cap, and you need 4 drops on the tongue. You might find that effective.<br><br><br><br>
Of course, most of all, you need to calm down and step back from whatever's causing you stress. I know it's not easy, but your health and wellbeing are far more important than anything else. Good luck with it all, I'm sure you'll be fine!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hug:">
 

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The Bach flower rescue remedy is a good choice for sure. Or try just the Bach flower remedy Rock Rose, it is specific for the Terror-Panic feeling assosiated with panic attacks.<br><br>
Or try the herb Motherwort {Leonunus cardiaca}<br><br>
It is a specific for over-rapid heart beat where this is brought on by anxiety and other such causes. It may be used in all heart conditions that are associated with anxiety and tension.<br><br>
Preperation and dosages:<br><br>
Pour one cup of boiling water onto 1-2 tsp. of the dried herb and infuse for 10-15 minutes. Drink 3 times a day or as neded.<br><br>
Tincture:<br><br>
Take 1-4 ml. three times a day.
 

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I used to get these in restaurants and can sometimes still on rare occasions. I think the best thing for myself is to distract myself, like start talking about something really interesting. It's the inner voice ruminating and examining your physical status that seems to make it get worse and worse. I also try to consciously breath more slowly. Although this takes practice, trying to maintain a sense of confidence that it is going away, even imagining that it is going away can give you control over it. I think not just telling yourself, but *knowing* you can control it can really tip the scales in your favor. That is probably a big part of why I don't have them anymore. If I sense something brewing, I just feel confident that it's not going to make any headway and I am in control.
 

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I've found a great deal of help in reminding myself that panic and anxiety are only a feeling and don't (usually) have anything to do with anything "real" - they don't have anything to do with real threats. Although this doesn't end the experience, it seems to make it less severe.<br><br><br><br>
Drinking a beer helps, but that's not recommended....
 

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Ayrin- I do know the cause...and the panic should go away over the next couple of days...but maybe counseling would help as whenever i'm faced with this kind of situation, I just know I'll start panicking<br><br><br><br>
froggy- well, people have posted with ideas <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> sorry if the title was misleading...<br><br><br><br>
mazikeen- yeah, I start hyperventilating, heart beat speeds up, swallowing gets harder, the whole shebang...every now and then tears and shaking join in on the fun...but usually once the signs start, i'm already panicked. and thanks for the ideas and kind words, they really mean a lot to me! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
DLS- I've never heard of those things before...where could I find them?<br><br><br><br>
Thalia- yeah, I've tried telling myself it's going to be okay...but maybe i haven't been able to reach the confidence needed, i'll keep trying to *know* everything's going to work out, thanks<br><br><br><br>
Ludi- yeah, they are jut feelings, but i can't seem to lessen them... haha, no, I don't think i'll try the beer method <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> but thanks for the ideas, i'll try reminding myself that there isn't anything real to panic about, thanks <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
Again, thank you so much everyone, your kind words and ideas are really helpful!
 

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Do you know of any doctors who use alternative remedies, like a naturopathic practitioner? Or visit a herbal store that supplies dried herbs and remedies like Bach Flowers. Or, send me a message, give me your general area and I will see if I can find a herbal outlet near you.
 

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Deep breathe - Breathe in through your nose and see if you can count to ten as you breathe in. The breathe out through your mouth while counting to ten. It has worked for me for many years.<br><br><br><br>
Good luck.
 

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I was going to suggest the deep breathing idea too but msmarina beat me to it ...another thing that works for me is talking to my SO and cuddling up with him..seems to ease any anxiety I have..
 

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DLS- no, I don't know any doctors (haha, at all...)<br><br>
hmm...i think i saw an herbal store when I was out a couple days ago...maybe i'll swing by there and see if i can find something... bach's flower is what i want then?<br><br><br><br>
msmarina- thanks, the breathing seems to be working for me as well...as long as i can still control my breathing <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
Gustagirl- haha, i'm sure it would help immensely with anxiety to cuddle...but my guess is you need a SO first <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)"><br><br><br><br>
thanks for the ideas...i was doing something yesterday that normally provokes the panic attacks...and i felt the first stages, and i took the advice on here (minus the herbs 'cause i don't have any yet) and it worked <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> i pushed past the attack and was able to keep going...and i did it twice <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
hmm...i read somewhere that panic attacks are rare(er)...maybe what i'm experiencing is something different... any thoughts?
 
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