Anxiety – What You Should Know About Panic Attacks

The first thing you should know about anxiety attacks, also known as panic attacks, is that they usually last only a very short while, often less than 30 minutes, and they are very treatable through medication and/or therapy. Just realizing that these attacks are treatable and that they will usually pass quickly should help you deal with the immediate feelings of fear that usually accompany the sudden crisis. You may actually feel like you are losing control off your mind, but, this feeling will pass. The 1st  time someone experiences an anxiety or panic attack is usually terrifying. The percentage of adults who will experience  a panic attack at some time in their lives is near 20%. Don’t be surprised if you have an attack at some point in your life. For most the attacks appear without warning and for no obvious reason. Some people will have a recurring problem while others may only experience one in a lifetime. Panic attacks sometime become associated in the mind of the victim with whatever was happening at the time an attack was experienced, such as driving over a bridge, flying in an airplane or riding an elevator.

Factors that can set off  an anxiety attack. These can include :

A major life transition - such as moving from one stage of life to another, which might include graduating from school to the working world, from being single to getting hitched, becoming a parent for the first time, etc.

Stress, such as death of a loved one, losing your job, divorce or a fearful life experience like flying for the 1st time.  .

Medical conditions and medications, including illnesses, physical injuries and surgeries.

Symptoms of panic attack.
Panic attack symptoms are generally grouped into two main categories; Emotional and Physical symptoms.

Emotional Symptoms of anxiety attacks include  difficulty concentrating, jumpy and tense feeling, apprehensive feeling, fearing the worst (excessive fear), being restless, being frequently irritated, being in constant watch of danger or signs of danger, having a feeling that your mind has gone blank or that you are losing your mind.

Physical Symptoms of panic attacks : sweating, diarrhea or increased frequency of urination, pounding or accelerated heart beat, dizziness, upset stomach , trouble sleeping, headache, fatigue or felling of tiredness, shortness of breath, feeling like you have to get away from your current location and often an overwhelming feeling of apprehension, impending doom or fear without an obvious cause.

Treatments and Medication
Anxiety attacks, as I mentioned above, is very treatable and usually each attack only lasts a short while before subsiding. Just knowing this will help get you through the immediate feelings of impending doom or fear. If you think you have had an anxiety attack, you should consult your doctor before you have a recurrence. Panic attacks can be difficult to manage without medical attention and may get worse without medical attention. There are many effective treatments available for anxiety attacks, including psychotherapy and medications.

Also known as behavioral therapy, psychotherapy is often a preferred treatment for anxiety attacks. Psychotherapy sessions usually help the victim understand the attack and how to cope with it. In addition, therapy may help you gradually overcome the feeling of panic or fear thus reducing or eventually eliminating the occurrence of these attacks altogether.

There are several medications that your doctor may prescribe to reduce the symptoms associated with panic attacks.

They include:

Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI’s) , Benzodiazepines (Central Nervous System Depressants) and
Serotonin & Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors (SNRI’s).

If you need help paying for your anxiety medications :

If you have prescription insurance most anxiety medications will be covered. However, if you have no prescription insurance you should benefit using our free and pre-activated RxDrug savings card. Our free prescription savings card can be printed at our homepage. This prescription savings card is offered as a free public service with the cooperation of over 60,000 pharmacies. Simply put your name in the Card Creator box and click - print the pre-activated card that appears  (if you do not have a printer, simply copy the codes which appear on the card) and bring your card to your pharmacist with your prescription. Almost all local and chain pharmacies will accept our drug card. Ask your pharmacist to keep your Rxdrug card in your prescription file so you will not have to have it with you every time you get a prescription filled – it never expires. Also, please let your friends know about your savings using our prescription card by using the convenient e-mail-to-a-friend tab found on our homepage.

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