Experiencing Panic Attacks Can Be Intensely Frightening, Upsetting & Uncomfortable | Amoils.com
by Jane Chitty
Do you ever suffer from a terrible feeling of fear that suddenly overwhelms you? Do you notice it coming out of the blue and for no apparent reason? Do you worry that it is dangerous to your health? Do you feel you have no control over the situation? Do you become anxious that it will happen in a public place?
A “yes” to these questions could mean that you are suffering from panic attacks
As distressing as it may seem, panic attacks can only last for just a few minutes because the body cannot sustain the response for long. But such attacks can be repeated – sometimes frequently.
The paper bag short term solution
Breathing in and out of a paper bag applied to the mouth is an excellent and effective remedy for a panic attack. This action works by balancing the ratio of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the blood.
What are the physical symptoms of a panic attack?
Shaking or trembling all over
Feeling that your heart is pounding or racing
Chest pain or discomfort
Shortness of breath
A choking feeling
Dizziness or feeling faint
An “out of body” feeling
Tingling or numbness in your limbs with a “pins and needles” sensation
Hot flashes or the complete opposite – sudden chills
A paralyzing feeling of terror
It is highly unlikely that you would have all of these symptoms but the presence of a minimum of just four symptoms could mean a panic attack. You can understand how this would cause anxiety. Some people become so anxious that they fear they are losing control, going crazy or even about to die. Such fears of course only make the condition worse. If the situation continues, sufferers can develop agoraphobia, or the fear of the outdoors, to such an extent that they will not leave home.
What causes panic attacks?
Some people have a genetic tendency
There can be a biological malfunction
Extremely stressful events
Caffeine, cold and flu medications, certain anti-malarial drugs, appetite suppressants or local anesthetics
Sudden or excessive exercise
Women are twice as likely as men to suffer from panic attacks and sometimes, especially once you have already experienced such an attack, just the thought of having one can actually trigger a panic attack. They are often diagnosed (incorrectly) as a thyroid problem, hypoglycemia or a heart valve problem. Be aware of this if you seek medical advice.
If panic attacks have become a problem in your daily life, see a doctor for diagnosis, advice and a treatment plan. You will need to be evaluated and the problem can be treated with counselling, relaxation techniques, support groups, meditation or, if really necessary, medication.
Panic attacks are surprisingly common with 2 to 4% of people suffering from one at some stage during their lives – mostly between the ages of twenty and forty.
Jane writes for Healing Natural Oils, a producer and retailer of high-quality, all-natural treatments for a variety of conditions as well as a range of beauty products. Apart from writing about those various conditions, she also covers general health, environmental and other subjects of interest. She has lived in Kenya as well as Cape Town, South Africa and spent time in San Diego, USA. She now lives in Somerset, England with regular visits from her far-flung children and grandchildren. She is a keen gardener and enjoys growing fresh fruit and vegetables with her husband on their joint allotment. As a result, there is something available to use in the kitchen virtually all year round. Her regular posts can be found on our blog.