coping with panic attacks without medication
Coping with Panic Attacks Without Medication
Challenging Road Blocks to Freedom
Some people who experience a panic attack will put it down as a one-off dreadful experience. The stressful period that triggered the attack will pass, and the person will get on with their life and not think about it again. For others it will turn into a living nightmare. Once the cycle of anxiety and panic attacks takes hold, the person’s life can degenerate into despair and frustration.
I experienced panic attacks for well over 10 years and it was a living hell sometimes. Having 5 or 6 panic attacks a day took its toll on my health and well being.
On your road to recovery you will undoubtedly feel like you’re getting nowhere at some point. On my journey to recovery which took months, I had my good days and my bad days. If on my bad days I had just said to myself ‘this is pointless I’m getting nowhere’ and just given up, I would still be getting panic attacks now. Slowly and gradually the good days will outnumber the bad ones, and you will find yourself feeling less and less anxious. The panic attacks will stop and you will start to enjoy your life again.
When panic attacks and anxiety are so engrained there are often roadblocks to overcome. The common ones are
- Some people’s confidence is so low they doubt they have the power within to change
- Not putting enough time and energy into the recovery to bring about change
- The fear of change and undertaking the things asked for in the program
- Not having the knowledge or skills to undertake a recovery
Be honest with yourself along the way and try to acknowledge when they happen. If you follow the Golden Rules in my program your confidence will grow to bring about change. As I have stated before YOU MUST put the time and effort in. As a rule of thumb somebody who has been experiencing panic disorder or anxiety for 6 months will have to put less effort into recovery than someone who has experienced panic attacks for 6 years. Some of the steps in my program will ask you to put yourself in uncomfortable situations but I can assure you this is the only way to bring about long term success. The knowledge and skill you will acquire in the program will make you no longer fear these situations in the first place.
If you choose to join my program of recovery then start in the correct way by thinking positively. The program is here to benefit YOU. The program will enable you to do the things that you really enjoy. I can assure you that you have the strength within to succeed. We all do. This will be the start of a new day when you will believe you can become free of anxiety and panic attacks. From this point you will learn all the skills and inner resources required to overcome this.
Panic Disorder Medication
The aim of my course is to offer practical, easily implemented and straight forward advice to help you cure yourself. I can assure you that as a fellow sufferer you CAN make a full recovery from anxiety and panic attacks.
Few people realize when they start having panic attacks that it’s related to body chemistry. This course will go into detail about this and give you the facts.
Also certain foods can contribute to panic attacks whilst others can actually help prevent them. Find out which here.
The tools and techniques in this eBook will short cut the anxiety which can build up inside you and will stop you developing full blown panic attacks. Eventually by learning the tools you can prevent panicky feelings building up inside you, giving you the confidence to broaden your horizons.
Medications have been on the market for anxiety for many years. I am not a doctor and this course does not go into any detail about the medications available, because in my opinion you simply don’t need to take anxiety medication for the long term. However over many years the types of medication available have developed and can form part of a recovery plan.
My experience with doctors and medication is they hand them out like smarties. I would recommend you read an article from the daily mail which confirms my experiences. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2187895/Prescriptions-anxiety-drugs-soar--Why-falling-victim-panic-attacks.html
Here is an extract from it –
‘There is clear evidence that talking therapies, such as cognitive behavioural therapy, are the most effective treatment for anxiety disorders,’ says Paul Farmer, chief executive of Mind.
‘We are concerned that the long wait for talking therapies may mean that some doctors are left with little choice but to prescribe medication, even when they think that an alternative treatment would be more effective.’
My wife has just recently told me how her friend who is bringing up two young children has been feeling depressed over the past few months. Her husband works long hours and she often feels isolated and alone. After going to her doctor his first course of action was to offer anti-depressants. She declined as she only wanted to go down this as a last resort. The doctor also gave her a leaflet and some advice and then she left. Whenever I meet my wife’s friend she is probably the last person who I think would suffer from depression. She has a confident and bubbly personality. People often said the same about me. They also said I was so laid back that they had never seen me stressed about anything. The problem was inside I was completely anxious. At my worst I would suffer 4 or 5 panic attacks a day. Like my wife’s friend I had visited the doctor and didn’t want to go on medication, but eventually I did. My guess is my wife’s friend will end up on medication as there simply isn’t much help out there for mental health conditions. When you see you’re GP their only route is medication as help on the NHS for depression and anxiety is extremely limited.
(If you live in the UK and in the Oxfordshire area I have provided a list of organisations that can help you click here. Since I started my course to help people recover from anxiety things have started to improve in the NHS with the help from politicians and campaigns from national newspapers.)
I also recently watched a TV programme on Accident and Emergency. The camera was following an A+E first responder on a motorbike. He had been sent to an elderly lady having difficulty breathing. When he arrived at her house he put a device on her finger to monitor her heart rate and after several minutes he concluded she was having a panic attack. He waited for the ambulance to come to check her over and then they left.
As the first responder went back to his motorbike he told the camera that he had advised the lady to think happy thoughts, relax and slow her breathing down. He also showed her the trick of breathing into the paper bag to reduce the amount of oxygen she was breathing in. (She was hyperventilating). I thought to myself this was great sound advice but there was a huge likelihood that she was going to have another panic attack as the underlying cause was not addressed. In other words what happened to me, my wife’s friend, the elderly lady is all the same. The end result (the panic attack or depression) has been treated but not the trigger or cause. Therefore there is a likelihood when the medics go or the medication is stopped there is a high chance panic or depression will return. I’m sure we have all heard the saying ‘Prevention is better than cure.’ It is much better to try to keep a bad thing from happening than to fix it once the bad thing has happened.
My course will give you the knowledge to not just to cope, but to prevent and cure yourself of anxiety and panic attacks. If you put the hard work in to beat this you will succeed. Nobody wants to do battle with this, I certainly didn’t, but to get out of this deep dark hole you will need to implement the Golden Rules in my course. Work with me and apply the techniques shown and you will see results quite quickly. However a full recovery does take time. During the course of your recovery you will require patience as your body returns to a more relaxed and balanced state.
The Golden Rules
The Golden Rules I mention above are simply elements of the program of recovery you must follow to get better. I will discuss these in more detail later. But they include exercise, diet, relaxation, improving your thoughts, etc.
Medication for Panic Attacks
Medication has the advantage over my method as it can help the sufferer deal with panic attacks with little effort. All the patient has to do is swallow a pill. The cycle of sensitization-fear-avoidance can be broken quite quickly as medication can reduce panicky racing thoughts and lessen symptoms. The problem with this is it comes at a price.
- Medication works differently on certain people as we are all unique.
- It often comes with unpleasant side effects.
- Once the medication is stopped the relapse rate is very high.
Doctors still today are using medication to block panic attacks as their first course of action. 95% of my program was never covered by any doctor I met. That’s why I’m so pleased to have found a cure (through trial and error) which doesn’t involve medication. Your own body can heal itself. This program will cure you without any nasty side effects. I’m sure most sufferers (and most doctors come to that) would rather have a program of recovery without medication.
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