How to treat Anxiety and Panic Attacks?
Today, we live in a very stressful world. The world economic crisis has heavily hit a lot of countries and the first to suffer the consequences are usually common workers. Not to mention everyday problems that could make anyone anxious like an important exam, tight schedule for some project or things like divorce.
People deal with anxiety problem and panic attacks differently. Some simply try to ignore the problem, but this quickly turns out to be a big mistake because, not only had they not dealt with it but it also caused more problems in their lives. Other people try meditating or listening to soothing music to calm their nerves. Many people prefer to talk to someone about their problems. Sometimes, all you have to do is to talk with a friend, family member, or if you are religious, your priest, rabbi or some other religious representative. In the end, after they have exhausted other options, most people decide to visit a psychologist or a psychiatrist to help them treat this problem.
Anyone who experienced a panic attack more then a few times knows just too well how problematic they can be if they are not treated. Often all that is needed is to simply talk to an expert to figure out your problem. The doctor will usually try with talk sessions, to determine the root of your problem. If he believes that you need to go to treatment and to take medications you should listen to his advice since he is the expert in this field.
You shouldn’t take most medications without talking to your doctor first. It’s the same with drugs for anxiety and panic attacks. What works for someone you know might not work for you. Or in a worse case scenario it could have serious side effect that does not manifest themselves on him or her but do on you. For this reason, it is very important to consult your doctor about your problem. If the doctor doesn’t think that you need to take any medications, so much the better. But if he decides to write you a prescription for something than you should follow the doctors instructions to the letter. Later, after the drug proves it self effective you can decrease the dosage. Or if it is working for you consult your doctor about a higher dosage or a completely different drug to treat anxiety and panic attacks.
Medications for panic attacks can have various purposes. One type can treat these attacks, other reduce their numbers, third can be effective in controlling the symptoms of panic attacks, while another is best used in prevention of panic attacks.
There are several groups of panic and anxiety attack medications. Serotonin re-uptake inhibitors like Prozac are antidepressants but can be used to treat panic attacks. Benzodiazepines such as Klonopine and Valium are often given to patients suffering from panic attacks and unlike SSRIs don’t need to be taken every day. TSAs or tricyclic antidepressants which include Norpramin and Tophranil have more serious side effects than SSRIs and are rarely prescribed.