How do I stop my panic attacks?
A client recently said that been panic attack free for some while but suddenly they have come back. They were worried that the attacks would never really go away and wanted to know how to end them for good.
While I'd love to be able to offer a simple, permanent cure for panic attacks, I haven’t seen one yet. However, I do believe that anxiety and panic can be managed.
Quite often, panic panic is fed by avoidance and by a feeling of being out of control. If you're not dealing with a problem because you're scared, or think that there is no point, then you may become more susceptible to anxiety and panic.
Rather than focusing on the symptoms, try to focus on those issues in your life that you may be struggling with or avoiding. Once you have identified these, commitment yourself to explore them further, either on your own or with support. Even if you have "dealt with" things in the past, some issues have a habit of reappearing in a deeper, more subtle form as time goes on.
I would definitely recommend working with a counsellor who is qualified in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), or who uses other techniques to identify unhelpful thinking patterns, and help you look at things in a different way.
I would also recommend a visit to your GP to rule out any medical issues that may be causing the panic or making tit worse.
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