How Do You Stop A Panic Attack
Panic attacks suck. I’ve been through them and I can totally relate to that feeling of impending doom. It’s hard to take advice from someone who has never experienced them before because they can’t truly comprehend what you are feeling until they have actually had one themselves. You know deep down that you are safe but for some reason, those panic attacks just keep haunting you. You eventually get stuck in a cycle of fearing when the next one is going to happen. You develop a fear of fear. It’s a soul-crushing cycle and it really eats at you and destroys any bit of self-confidence you have.
Eventually, you start doing everything to avoid feeling the panic so you build an invisible wall around yourself, you turn down invites, you avoid social interactions because you think you will have a panic attack in the situation you are avoiding. You might even get anxiety for being alone and driving far from your comfort zones. This false sense of security only makes things worse. The avoidance just piles on top and eventually, it becomes very difficult to do things by yourself. You rely on a close friend or relative to pretty much help you day to day. So you are interested in stopping a panic attack? In my experience dealing with them for 5 years……..You Don’t. Every time I have had a panic attack, I’ve never been able to stop it when it’s happening, I have to let it pass.
Based on multiple books I’ve read including Dare, and Hope and Help for your nerves by Dr. Claire Weekes. You must allow the anxiety to be. You can’t fight the panic or it will get stronger. It is
very difficult to do this because we want to flee from discomfort as soon as we feel panic. It is important to understand that when you get a panic attack, adrenaline has been released in your bloodstream and as Dr. Weekes mentions it’s going to run through the same pattern until it gets metabolized. Shaky hands, fast heart rate, sweating. Once the fight or flight response has been activated, some time has to pass before you can calm yourself. It is important to remember at this time that you are safe. As Dr. Harry Barry states in a youtube video “Feelings of anxiety are uncomfortable but they are not dangerous.” The most comforting words I tell myself when I feel a panic attack coming on is “Ok, I’ve been through this before, You got this. It will pass”. I remind myself that Ive been able to overcome any panic attack before and I’m still alive.
I understand when panicking it feels as if you just ran a marathon and are being chased by a lion across the finish line. With No Help in Site. Trust me I know how they feel. What if we learned not to be frightened by these physical symptoms but rather we let them run their course and let them pass. It is easier said than done, however as Dr. Weekes mentions and others have agreed, learning how to accept the panic is the best way to overcome it. When you remove the fear element from the physical symptoms you experience, panic no longer has a hold of you. It takes hard work and practice in anxiety or panic-provoking situations but exposure therapy is effective. Keep your head up and push yourself, especially on those days that seem impossible. I find those small victories the most effective.