The Bane that is Panic Attacks: How To Fight It.
Sudden, powerful, crippling and painful. Panic attacks are common in Alzheimer and Dementia patients. It is one of Alzheimer's symptoms and Dementia symptoms. While it is not one of the signs of dementia, it is something that turn up towards the latter dementia stages. It also shows up in the latter stages of Alzheimers, often people don't wait that long to take an Alzheimer test and get help. It is a byproduct of lewy body dementia and vascular dementia.
However, panic attacks can affect any one at any time, no matter the age.
Some continue to suffer through this, because they don't know how to handle it, or they don't have the resources to. This article provides ample advice to overcoming the bane that is panic attacks.
One method of overcoming panic attacks involves visualizing yourself as being outside your body, looking down at yourself and watching what is happening. Then in your mind's eye begin to build an imaginary picture of yourself calming down, see yourself as you stop wheezing and your breathing returns to normal. Doing this can cause your body to react to what you are seeing and actually begin to calm down.
Try to remind yourself during a panic attack that you don't have a problem, you just have a sensitive nervous system which is reacting to some stimulus. Remind yourself that it is not permanent and it will go away. No matter how bad it causes you to feel remind yourself that you would get out of it, and it cannot harm you in any permanent way, and will not cause any problems that will outlast it.
If panic attacks strike you in the middle of a tasking situation like a performance or a speech, remind yourself that the performance or speech is just in that moment, your life will continue after it, remind yourself that it takes practice. Visualize yourself in some future time, giving n astounding performance or speech without flinching. Your confidence levels will increase, and the attack will subside.
Join a support group. As cliche as that sounds, support groups don't only work in movies. A lot of people actually get comforted and reassured in support groups. Talking to others about your problem, and hearing people sharing stories similar to yours can really help. Not only will you learn new coping methods, but you will also have the opportunity to heal while healing others.
A totally simple way to battle your panic attack is to listen to music. Try to relax your mind and body and sing along very loudly to your favorite song. Even in instances when you don't have access to music, draw the music from your memories and sing along to the tune in your head. You will see that your mood will become lighter and the impending panic attack will retreat.
Be firm with your fears. Literally speak to them, tell your panic attack to go away. Get angry, reject it, command it to leave you alone. Remind it and yourself that you own your life, and only what you allow should happen, and that you do not allow it a space in your life. Tell it to go and never come back!
Enjoying silence can also help you kick your panic attacks. Listen to each individual sound. Try discerning what each one is. Is it a cricket? Is the other one the neighbor's cat? Play the guessing game with yourself and allow yourself to calm down in the simplicity of the moment of silence.
Try turning your triggers into a joke. Make light of your situation. "Oh, my dog ate my expensive shoes. I wonder if they would take a dog in exchange for a new pair of those." Start to laugh loudly even if you don't find yourself that funny. In fact the ridiculousness of the fact that you are laughing over a lame joke will have you laughing real laughter in no time and your panic attack would fade away.
Once you begin to feel a panic attack coming on, hurry to an open window or sit in front of a fan, take deep calming breaths. The breeze will soothe and calm you, it will take your mind off things.
Visit a professional. A psychologist or psychiatrist will help you get to the bottom of the matter and figure out the problem with you. They will also deal with your matter as is good for you as an individual. if you do not get the necessary treatment, panic attacks will persist. It is not selective, different people from different walks of life can fall victim to it. This article is not to replace medical care, but to simply help you manage panic attacks so your life can be more enjoyable.