Panic attacks can hit anytime and they can affect even people who do not consciously experience increased levels of stress. While in some cases, panic attacks are caused by an underlying physical condition, such as a cardiovascular affection or a thyroid problem, most people who suffer from panic attacks are in great health, the affection being psychological in nature. Here are some of the most common ways to alleviate the symptoms:
- Psychotherapy – the principle objective of therapy is to reveal the underlying cause of the panic attacks, such as the trauma that lead to the appearance of the first symptoms. Methods of talk therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy have so far proved to be the most efficient;
- Medications – the symptoms might also be alleviated with the help of medication prescribed by specialists;
- Lifestyle changes – there are many lifestyle changes that have also proved to be efficient. Cutting down on stimulants, such as tobacco, alcohol and caffeine, practicing relaxation techniques, such as yoga or meditation, regular physical activity and healthy diet that provides the body all the nutrients it needs can all be efficient ways to handle and to alleviate panic attacks. Joining a support group or getting anxiety treatment might also help – many people say that talking about their issues has brought great relief.