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Breathing Techniques for Panic Attacks

June 25th, 2008 ·

In most cases, the first step in treatment for panic attacks is learning to utilize breathing techniques to control symptoms.  There are two main reasons for why these are recommended.   The first is that they provide the patient a strategy to shift their focus away from the physical reactions of a panic attack.  Secondly, when breathing techniques are practiced, they can be an instant remedy that can be used anytime anxiety builds.  This flexibility, combined with the fact they do not have any side effects makes them a popular choice for doctors and therapists.Breathing Techniques for Panic Attacks

The typical breathing exercise is based around a step down approach.  The idea is to systematically slow the over stimulation of the mind that leads to dizziness, racing heart, and shallow breathing.  The patient will begin with frequent long breaths and visualize themselves on a plateau or elevator.  They then concentrate on slowing their breathing while imagining coming down from the peak of their fears.  As they mentally gain control of each step, they continue to slow their breaths per minute.  When executed properly, they will eventually reach a comfortable level of thought.

Using breathing exercises for panic attacks can be effective, but there are some people who do not respond well to them.  Patients who do not practice the techniques or those who are skeptical of their results tend to have trouble using them.  There are also panic attack patients who have suffered with their condition for such a long period of time that these methods may not be aggressive enough to get them through the first stage of treatment.  In an ideal situation, relaxation techniques like these are experimented within the first month or two after the initial attack.  This prevents the formation of mental barriers that can interfere with their effectiveness.

One alternative to breathing techniques is the Panic Away Method, which utilizes the same principles but includes a physical reinforcement technique.  The “One Move Technique” was created to provide instant relief during an outbreak and the rest of the treatment plan guides the user on how to avoid panic attacks before they begin.  Overall, it is a great strategy for those who are having trouble implementing traditional relaxation methods.

The most difficult aspect of dealing with panic attacks is overcoming the fear that they cannot be controlled.  Once the patient understands that they can change the outcome of oncoming anxiety, they will develop the confidence needed to overcome their fears.  Controlling these reactions is the goal behind breathing techniques and the Panic Away Method.  By mastering these relaxation methods, the patient will always be able to combat their condition on their own.  This is the key to long term success.

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