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What can I do to help with my panic attacks?

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A panic attack is a sudden and intense episode of fear, anxiety, trembling, and other symptoms when there is no danger. Medication and talk therapy can help. Along with your treatment, these everyday habits also can help:

  • Yoga or deep breathing may relax your body and lower stress.
  • Exercise can help calm your mind and offset potential side effects of medication, such as weight gain.
  • Stay away from alcoholic drinks, caffeine, smoking, and recreational drugs, which can trigger attacks.
  • Get enough sleep, so you don’t feel draggy during the day.

SOURCES:

American Psychological Association: “Answers to Your Questions about Panic Disorder.”

Anxiety and Depression Association of America: “Panic Disorder & Agoraphobia.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Panic disorder.”

Mayo Clinic: “Panic attacks and panic disorder.”

National Institute of Mental Health (National Institutes of Health): “Anxiety disorders,” “Panic Disorder: When Fear Overwhelms.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 20, 2019

SOURCES:

American Psychological Association: “Answers to Your Questions about Panic Disorder.”

Anxiety and Depression Association of America: “Panic Disorder & Agoraphobia.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Panic disorder.”

Mayo Clinic: “Panic attacks and panic disorder.”

National Institute of Mental Health (National Institutes of Health): “Anxiety disorders,” “Panic Disorder: When Fear Overwhelms.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 20, 2019

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