Panic attack disorder is a continuous attack of fear that can last for several minutes. It is an anxiety disorder that is characterised as a fear of losing control or constant anticipation of danger even when there are no signs of it.
Panic attacks can mimic a heart attack and cause physical reactions such as racing heartbeat, shortness of breath, dizziness, and muscle tension. Usually, people with this disorder experience these attacks unexpectedly but, sometimes they can occur during periods of high stress.
What causes panic attacks?
According to the National Institute of Mental health, researchers have not found a specific cause of panic attacks. However, it is a disorder that can run in the family, or be triggered by stress. Additionally, there is ongoing research on how stress and surroundings can trigger these overwhelming fear-driven attacks.
Panic attack treatments that could help
As previously mentioned, there is no specific cause that has been discovered when it comes to panic attacks. Therefore, if you have experienced panic attacks, you need to see a doctor for a thorough check and diagnosis. However, some natural treatments and practices can help calm you down and avoid getting into that state of panic.
Aromatherapy with lavender
Lavender is one of those multi-purposeful herbs, but it is especially known for its calming benefits. Research has shown that lavender generates a calm state of mind and reduces anxiety. So, you will find that having a lavender essential oil that you can either put into your diffuser or mix with your scent by rubbing a tiny drop on your wrist or neck helps maintain a serene mental state.
Anxiety disorders involve a lot of overthinking and a mind that is constantly wandering. Mediation is a process of continuous training of the brain that brings the wandering mind back to the present. It creates an awareness of thought patterns and triggers, and research indicates that mindfulness helps relieve anxiety.
Deep breathing exercises
Shortness of breath is one of the common symptoms of panic attacks. It can feel like you are losing control of your body, so deep breaths are one of the best ways to gain that control and regulate your breathing patterns again. This also helps reduce stress and regulate heart rate.