I’m an advocate of curing panic attacks. I hate the idea of coping with anything so savage. Here I will tell you about what not to waste your time with and what works. Keep in mind that this is all from my point of view.
I had my biggest panic attacks starting in 1997 and I didn’t even know what they were. They would always hit me right about the time I was getting home from work. It felt like my heart was going to burst out of my throat and I really thought I was going to have the “Big One” right there in the car. Then, after a few minutes, the sensation would completely vanish. I never told anyone and I chalked it up to a stressful job that I left a few months later. Then I went years without an attack. After I had all but forgotten about these foul sensations, they came back but in a different form. This time I had nausea every morning and was as nervous as a cat in a paper bag. Again, I had no idea what was going on. I thought the triple espresso was a bit too much but when I stopped drinking espresso and my sensations didn’t go away, I started to worry.
Lucky me, I get to vomit every morning and shake all over. There was no way that I was going to do this for any period of time. I was determined to put a stop to this. I started talking to people and reading the entire internet searching for answers. What I discovered was snake oil and coping methods. I did learn that I was having panic attacks but that just opened a whole new can of worms in my quest for a cure for panic attacks.
Here is what I consider a waste of time
Breathing techniques: when a tiger is about to eat you can you breathe slow and deep with your diaphragm? I think this technique has its place after the panic is over.
Exercise: I was an avid runner and fitness freak and I had panic attacks anyway. Being in shape has its advantages on Friday night at the singles bar but not in preventing me from flipping out every morning.
Avoiding the place or situation: was I supposed to sleep in the garage so I wouldn’t wake up in the bedroom?
Diet: I ate well and took vitamin supplements.
Medication: Not for me, I’d rather keep the panic attacks. Not really but I don’t see SSRI’s or “Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors” as a cure. I compare it to being a slave.
Here is what I consider a cure for panic attacks
What seems to cure panic attacks is a simple, natural program called Panic Away. It was developed by a former panic attack sufferer named Barry McDonagh. I like this approach because it fits my character and my goal of not coping with anything so nasty. The basic idea is to search out the panic, look for it and try to make it happen. How unorthodox can you get?
I have my own uniqueness, I know, but it has worked for hundreds of thousands of people. It’s easy to swallow and pragmatic which makes it work for anyone who will give it a try. It’s like looking for your reading glasses that are on top of your head; when you find them your reaction is, “REALLY I can’t believe it.”