23 Jan 10
Hyperventilation is a major cause and symptom of panic attacks. What works for me is breathing into a paper bag, which automatically slows your breathing and reduces the excess oxygen in your blood. The slow breathing makes your parasympathetic nervous system kick in to counteract the panic attack. Hope this helps :-)
23 Jan 10
Yes I understand, the feeling of not being able to get away. I guess all you can do in traffic is to try and breathe deeply, short breaths in and long breaths out, which gives the same effect. And remember that panic attacks do pass, the body can't sustain them forever. I only rarely took meds for my panic attacks (Diazepam), and only in situations where they were literally crippling. There's such a risk of addition, and they only ease the symptoms without curing the cause. It was cognitive behavioural therapy that cured me, that and positive thinking - I would really recommend it if you can get it. Otherwise you should avoid eating too much sugary stuff and always make sure you eat regularly, as fluctuating blood sugar levels can also trigger panic attacks. Hope that helps :-)
20 Apr 10
I have been a sufferer of panic attacks for many years now. And I tried everything to ease or at least cope with the disease. In all my years having it, I have visited four cardiologist, a gastro-enterologist, and 2 psychiatrists. I have tried prescribed medicines, alternative medicine, relaxation techniques, reflexology and even consult with psychics. But the truth is we will always be exposed to any fight or flight situations everyday and in that time, it could sometime trigger you to panic attack. The best way is to understand how panic attack works. Usually it will only last a maximum of 20 mins. then it will subside. Don't think your going to die cause your not. If you feel your not breathing right your just hyperventilating. If you're feeling faint and are going to fall down then just fall down someone will always be there to help you. If you cant control your panic attack anymore take something like an Alprazolam, it helps to ease your panic instantly. Just remember your not the only one having it. Even popular celebrities have panic attacks.
• United States
3 May 10
I've had panick attacks starting back in "1993".I spent four months litterally in the house .It was an awful time for me.I still have the problem,you really can't prevent a panick attack from occurring.The best thing is to wait it out and find calming methods,once you're calm it goes away.The more you freak out the longer you will have it for.