It is 3:30 a.m. You have woken up all of the sudden from a bad dream; however, it wasn’t just a dream. The instant pain you feel in your chest and pulsates through the body, the sweat dropping from your eyebrow, the lightheadedness, the symptoms are all too familiar. Often you may wonder if you’re having a heart attack. Yet, you know better. It’s another anxiety attack. Many people will worry about the obstacles that life bring, but those of us who suffer from anxiety attacks know that it becomes much more than just a worry. The stress that we feel can be monumental, with a profound feeling of fear and doom. This stress can take a physical on us, thus inducing an anxiety attack. Click here to better understand the symptoms of anxiety.
So, what causes an anxiety attack? While it is not clear what exactly causes anxiety attacks (or panic attacks), it is understood that anxiety attacks are the result of a malfunction in an individual’s natural response to stress. It should be known that fear and panic are natural emotions exhibited by human beings in times of stress and that panic is very natural and common. Yet, individuals suffering from anxiety attack disorder must learn to determine what triggered their response so as to better cope with reducing the frequency of attacks. For instance, if you find yourself waking up in the middle of the night worrying about your debts, or having difficulty falling asleep the night before an exam, you can logically ascertain that those are triggers. As such, you can begin learning effective coping mechanisms.
In some instances, panic attacks are the result of natural causes (and not simply external stress of life events). For instance, asthma, diabetes, thyroid disorders, epilepsy, adrenal disorders, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or acute respiratory distress syndrome can induce panic attacks, or even increase one’s likeliness for panic attacks. Additionally, if one is particularly prone to panic attacks, they may find it helpful to consult a therapist to determine whether or not the frequency is representative of a possible mood disorder such as borderline personality disorder (BPD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), post traumatic stress (PTSD), or major depression. In doing so, effective natural anxiety cures can be identified.
Speaking of treating anxiety attacks, treatment is usually based on both frequency and severity. Common anxiety treatments include the following:
Relaxation techniques such as progressive muscle relaxation, controlled breathing, and guided imagery may help reduce anxiety.
Using sensors that measure physiological arousal brought on by anxiety (such as changes in heart rate and muscle tension), biofeedback teaches you to recognize and control these body processes.
Hypnotherapy. Hypnosis for anxiety is conducted by a clinical hypnotherapist who works with you using different therapeutic techniques while you’re in a state of deep relaxation.
Acupuncture. An ancient tradition in popular Chinese medicine, acupuncture may also help reduce anxiety.
Furthermore, natural remedies for panic attacks include valerian root and kava. Remember, panic attacks are a very real disorder. Yet, you do not have to live with the pain of anxiety. Panic attacks are treatable.