Today more and people are developing symptoms of panic attack due to a growing uncertainty in their lives especially with regards to their jobs, environment and homes.
The current economic crises and natural disasters that exists world-wide are affecting people in all countries.
The feelings caused by a panic attack are totally unrealistic.
Is this you?
I used to have panic attacks regularly, so I understand what one goes through.
As a child, I had an anxiety disorder which surfaced when I had exams at school or with the Toronto Conservatory of Music. I would feel suddenly nauseous, break into a cold sweat, and then hyperventilate.
When I experienced my first full-blown panic attack back in the 60’s during my late 20’s, the attack came on suddenly, and I had no idea what caused it. I felt tremendously anxious and fearful and had difficulty breathing, I also experienced heart palpitations.
I remember breaking into a cold sweat since it was during the summer, and started trembling and shaking. If anyone was with me at the time, he or she may have thought I was having seizure of some sort. I thought I was having a heart attack.
At first, the attacks were sporadic and my way of handling them was to reason with myself - convince myself that nothing was wrong. Then I would do some form of intense exercise such as running, swimming, or cross-country skiing. With these self-taught methods, I experienced some relief from panic attacks.
My attacks lasted for quite a few years and I thought that they could be eliminated through sessions with a psychiatrist. At that time, I avoided situations that could trigger an attack.
Valium, a depressant popular in the 60's, became my constant companion, for I never knew when an attack would occur. Even though I was told, "Never take the Valium with alcohol," I did. Due to the immediate effects of this lethal combination, it was difficult to stop.
Anyone who has had full-blown panic attacks knows
that you want it to stop A.S.A.P. You are literally frozen and it's
difficult to even think straight.
It could have been very dangerous for me to continue and the only
thing that stopped me was that I luckily passed out at a party which I
couldn’t remember the next day. That experience frightened me so much
that I decided to stop taking alcohol with the tranquilizer.
But the panic attacks became more frequent which occurred any time of day or night, and panic attacks at night are extremely frightful.
The underlying emotion of the attacks are fear which originate from situations that you experienced in this life or a past life time.
These attacks continued until I was in my 50's. They were horrendous. I
often thought I was dying during an attack which was unrealistic. Back
then, I used to talk myself down, as in rational cognitive therapy.
Through my ability of hearing voices, my spiritual guides and the Higher
Power helped me to heal.
Today more than 2.4 million people in the U.S., or 1.7% of the adult population between the ages of 18 and 54 develop symptoms of panic attack which if left untreated for a long period of time, can lead to Panic Disorder.
Apparently more women than men develop this condition, and its symptoms usually begin in early adulthood.
Here are the usual symptoms of panic attack:
If you have any of these recurring panic attack symptoms , it is important to see your doctor immediately in order to rule out any physical illness. Once you know that you do not have an illness, more than likely you are experiencing symptoms of panic attack.
Until I learned much later the causes for my symptoms of panic attack I continued taking the drug Valium,(diazepam), a tranquilizer which is very addictive. I was not aware of natural tranquilizers at that time.
Before Valium there was Librium. Valium was the most widely prescribed drug during the 70's and 80's by psychiatrists, then it was replaced by Xanax in 1986. Most minor tranquilizers belong to the group called benzodiazepines which are closely related chemically to Librium, Valium, and Xanax.
The benzodiazepine minor tranquilizers include
Other minor tranquilizers are chemically antihistamines, such as Atarax or Vistaril (hydroxyzine).
Many sleeping medications also have tranquilizing effects such as
All of these drugs have the potential for abuse and addiction. Since they have a calming or sedative effect, people addicted to these "downers" use them interchangeably, often mixing them with alcohol.
Minor tranquilizers and alcohol make a very dangerous, frequently lethal, combination.
And today we are seeing the effects of drugs on many famous people such as Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston and more recently Cory Monteith who took a lethal dose of heroin and alcohol.
After having the long-term experience of prescription tranquilizers, my suggestion is to get off of them as quickly as possible under a doctor’s supervision and start taking natural herbal medicine.
Pure Herbs is an American company that makes herbal medicines which are 100% natural and safe. I recommend them since I have been using them for years.
You can use one of the calming herbal combinations to help you through panic attacks and to restore a sense of balance until you find spiritual or psychological help for solving your symptoms.
Long term use of any drugs or tranquilizers prescribed by a doctor may cause cognitive malfunction.
You can read more information on panic attacks at links at the top of right column.