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What can be done to limit the amount of panic attacks one has?

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Last Updated: 02/22/2021 at 7:18am
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October 21st, 2014 5:55pm
I suffer from panic attacks myself and made the experience that surviving them helps you to gain confident. That sounds unbearable and it might be a long way, but the more you bring yourself in situations you consider uncomfortable, the more you are going to gain your self-confidence back. If it seems to be too hard for you at the moment, try to surround yourself with people you love and bring yourself into situations that trigger your panic. Don't let panic attacks ruin your life, friends.
November 14th, 2014 5:18am
Find things that calm you down and do those things when you begin to feel a panic attack coming on.
May 3rd, 2015 5:34am
Do you mean reduce the amount of panic attacks? and or the duration? For me I know more than anything, awareness and understanding about panic attacks in general has helped a lot. With the addition of saying "I'm having a panic attack right now" When having one, if you can be that self-aware. I struggle with being self-aware personally D: For me my best way of fighting my panic disorder is to work and heal my inner trauma and fears. Healing the core and roots will reduce and someday eliminate the attacks.
September 10th, 2014 10:29pm
When you get a negative thought that could lead to a panic attack, you can revert your thoughts to something more positive. If you're in a situation that could cause a panic attack, you can try to distract yourself with relaxing imagery (example: daydreaming about a relaxing vacation.). You can also distract yourself using hobbies and interests that you enjoy. For an example, reading a book or watching tv may help decrease panic attacks for some people. You can also try deep breathing exercises and positive self-talk exercises. If you can not cope with your panic attacks, anti-anxiety medication may help. In either case, seeing a professional is probably a good idea.
September 30th, 2014 1:32pm
If you feel you are about to experience a panic attack, I've found that controlling your breathing helps, also, clenching your fists for a few seconds then releasing, it's almost like it releases your fists aswell as your anxiety.
October 27th, 2014 5:12pm
take deep breaths and focus on things that make you happy. try to not put yourself in situations that make you nervous or upset.
October 28th, 2014 4:27am
Recognize what triggers your panic attacks, and then attempt to limit your interaction with those triggers.
November 1st, 2014 7:23pm
Here is what has helped me limit the number of panic attacks I have: weekly therapy, medication to reduce my anxiety/depression symptoms, identifying support resources (people I can talk to, behaviors that help reduce panic, specific "safe" places), increasing my awareness of typical triggers for my panic attacks. With these different things, I now am much more likely to have periods of heightened anxiety vs. full-blown panic attacks. I'm more able to function in daily life. I hope this helps someone else in their own struggle with panic attacks.
November 1st, 2014 10:09pm
Very deep breathing. In for 8 seconds, hold for 4, breath out for 8 and then repeat until you feel calm. Try grounding yourself, feeling things with nice textures, going for a walk, splashing your face with cold water.
November 2nd, 2014 6:06am
The best thing that works for me is trying to identify what is causing the attack, and avoiding that certain thing.
November 3rd, 2014 12:06am
I personally have the best success avoiding panic by recognizing my triggers, knowing what sets me off is a great help to avoiding, handling or marginalizing the effects of being triggered. In my case being cornered can trigger me, as a result I tend to stay in more open spaces and break off discussions that get too heated.
November 8th, 2014 4:03am
Recognize the onset of symptoms early and before the attack begins. Then begin to breath slowly and deeply. Also, immediately take a brisk walk or do some other type of movement or exercise if possible.
November 11th, 2014 4:50pm
SSRIs, while they do have their side effects, can be effective for some people in alleviating panic attacks altogether. For example, while I still worry from time to time, it never barrels out of control as long I'm taking SSRIs.
November 14th, 2014 11:52pm
Deep breathing is my saving grace when it comes to the realization that I'm having a panic attack. Realizing what is happening and why it may be happening are key to controlling your emotions and breathing in a time when they seem out of control.
November 19th, 2014 9:19pm
Use grounding techniques to calm yourself, deep breaths, don't avoid the situations that cause anxiety because avoiding it makes it worse.
June 10th, 2015 12:48pm
I found that daily meditation and practicing deep breathing has really helped reduce the amount of panic attacks I have. This is because I'm in a better state of mind throughout the day and find myself to be less anxious; the less anxious I am, the less panic attacks I experience :)
June 13th, 2015 9:27pm
I'm sorry to hear that you're having panic attacks. I suffered with panic attacks for some time when I was younger. I can promise that it gets better, you will find a way to overcome them that works for you. The 7 Cups of Tea guide to anxiety is incredibly helpful Try that out and then if you still feel like to need some more support try talking to a listener. Stay strong, things will get better
August 31st, 2015 7:50pm
I'll say what does work for me: - Avoiding situations that we suspect may trigger the panic attacks, - Meditation, and self-awareness, - Learning not to be scared by all the symptoms that come with the attack, as they can be really scary, - Learning to manage it on our own, and learning the breathing techniques that can really help calm one down, - Finding support, as support can be what we most need during or after the attack.
November 3rd, 2015 10:58pm
Find someone that makes you feel safe. Wear something comfortable and try to avoid what stresses you. If it´s really bad you want to consider getting an ESA(emotional support animal)
December 15th, 2015 2:16pm
Stay by the people that keep you calm, and happy, or the people that care about you the most. If they see that you are having a panic attack, they can try to help you through it.
January 19th, 2016 9:30pm
Talking to people helps a lot. Getting it off your chest and telling others is a great way to limit the amount of panic attacks one might have.
July 4th, 2016 2:53pm
Not thinking about having a panic attack helps. And when feeling stressed stopping whatever you're doing and breathe. That will help
July 5th, 2016 9:46pm
When you feel one coming up, distract yourself by doing something you love doing, if that doesn't help, talk to someone instead of letting it boil up.
February 22nd, 2021 7:18am
What helped me was first learning the difference between my panic attacks and anxiety attacks. I have both GAD and panic disorder and sometimes I tried to cope with my panic attacks by thinking it was anxiety, which just made things worse. The triggers, symptoms, and coping mechanisms of anxiety are more mental/emotional while panic is more physical. If we’re having a panic attack we can make an extreme change in our body or compress our chest (I.e. have someone lay on us, hug ourselves & lay on our stomach, or get under a weighted blanket). Or honestly trying to ignore it by listening to music or sleeping because panic is usually when our body thinks it is in danger but in reality, it isn't. For anxiety attacks, it’s usually because we are having false cognitions such as all or nothing thinking so we can try to fight those thoughts with concrete evidence. What is the most likely thing to happen? When has the worst-case scenario situation actually happened? Etc.