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Don't Let Panic Attacks Ruin Your Life

answered 09:30 PM EST, Sun June 24, 2012
anonymous anonymous
I have had 3 panic attacks since March. I am terrified I am going to have another one and I feel a lot of dread whenever I think about the fact that another one is probably going to come someday soon. What do I need to do to get better so I do not have to live with this constant worry anymore? Can you recommend what kind of therapy I need?

Loren Gelberg-Goff Says...

I understand how scary panic attacks are, but know that they can be stopped... In the meantime, before you get to a therapist and work this through, please practice the following strategy for getting through the panic...

When you start to feel your anxiety rise, take a long slow deep breath.  Inhale for the count of 4... hold your breath for the count of 4 and slowly release your breath through your mouth to the count of 4... wait for the count of 4 and start again... The act of breathing and counting will redirect your thoughts that are causing your panic and short circuit the panic...

It's important to realize that your thoughts (whatever they might be) trigger the panic... not the other way around. There are a number of possible choices for you for therapeutic interventions that can be helpful... Much depends on the reason you suddenly started having panic attacks in March and not before... Please make sure you get checked by an MD to make sure that there are no physiological changes in your body that need to be addressed (adrenal, hormonal, thyroid, etc...)

Once you've been cleared medically, then I'd recommend that you start with a therapist who can help you clarify  what is going on in your life that is stressing you and overwhelming you, thus leading to the panic attacks... a panic attack from my perspective is your body having a tantrum, just like a child might who is starved for attention and care...

You might try regular talk therapy, hypnotherapy, EFT (emotional freedom therapy) and depending on the nature of the panic attacks, neurofeedback can also prove to be very beneficial and helpful...

On my website are a number of free audio meditations that can help you learn to relax, breathe and quiet you mind and body so that you can deal with the stresses in your life more effectively... You can get the meditations at www.wellfromwithin.com.

Please let me know if you need additional information or support. Wishing you all the best, Loren

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