Saturday, June 8, 2013

How to Deal With Panic Attack Depression

When an individual suffers from panic attack depression then normally they suffer high levels of anxiety as well. The two are actually closely related in panic attacks but their symptoms are very different.

When one has panic attack depression you feel lethargic, have no energy or interest in anything and just getting out of bed is a mission. Other symptoms include anger and possible suicidal thoughts. However when you have high levels of anxiety you feel as though your heart is constantly racing and some of the other symptoms are sweating, shaking, nausea and having an upset stomach.

My Anxiety symptoms: On more of a personal note, I myself have an uneasy feeling like someone is standing on my chest and I cannot breathe and feel the need to constantly fidget or move around and sometimes when my anxiety levels are very high I feel as though my heart is going to explode out of my chest...

These two conditions when experienced together greatly increases you risk of having frequent attacks and can be quite dangerous for the individual experiencing them.

Panic attack depression and anxiety are sometimes, more often than not, treated with the same medication. Anti-depressants.

The problem with anti-depressants is although they are to help the symptoms they do not treat the underlying problem on provide temporary relief. Another major drawback with anti-depressants are that the side effects closely mimic the actual symptoms you are trying to rid yourself of. Side effects of anti-depressants include possible increase in suicidal thoughts or actions, rage, aggressiveness, irritability and restlessness.

Kind of a catch 22 situation if you ask me.

Many people have reported that using the natural alternative herb "kava" greatly reduce the symptoms of anxiety and panic attack depression, so definitely worth a try.

A good thing about the Kava is that you cannot become addicted to the medication as you can with the prescription medication.

Here are some other treatments for high levels of anxiety besides using prescription medication:

Exercise & relaxation techniques

Exercise has always been a great way to reduce ones stress and anxiety so make sure you do enough of it. You do not have to overdo this just exercise a couple of times per week and this will help reduce your levels of anxiety and improve your overall feeling of well being. This will definitely then ease your feelings of panic attack depression as exercise works both your physical and physiological attributes. One can be taught meditation as well to help.

Cognitive behavioral therapy

Get the negativity out of your mind! This is what cognitive behavioral therapy does for you. Having a clear mind not full of negative thoughts, especially those of stressing when your next attack will be, is the first step on the road to a healthy mind and body. Negative thoughts relating to your condition or in general will harm your condition even further and this is why it is important to get help on that issue.

Keeping a close eye on your diet and nutrition intake

This is not an article about dieting so do not worry...

It is,however, about making sure that you avoid certain foods that can "add fuel to the fire".

An example of a substance that can do this is nicotine and caffeine. Sugary foods as well are good to avoid and certain other foodstuffs. It is actually a good idea to visit a nutritionist to help you go through what to avoid for your symptoms and to negatively impact on your condition. They can also help you in what vitamins you can take to fight the anxiety or depression.

On a last note it has been observed that patients who have high levels of anxiety and are experiencing depression do take longer to get over their conditions as the depression further complicates the issue.

Remember though that as noted above there are many effective treatments to alleviate the condition for example: treatment by medication, therapy and relaxation techniques. Make a start today and take your life back from panic attack depression.

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