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10 Things You Can Do To Support Someone Having A #PanicAttack

 

I have a panic disorder and, unfortunately, that means I sometimes become panicked for no particular reason. Having a panic attack, especially if it’s in a public place, can be embarrassing enough as it is so please be empathetic. I know it will pass but in moments of panic I can forget that. Know that these attacks are scary and real to me even if they are all in my head.

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Panic & Breathing Irregularities

In today’s post, I’ll talk about an area of increasing interest and research – the relationship between breathing and panic attacks.

Hyperventilation (over-breathing) has long been recognized as a primary symptom of panic. Hyperventilation is defined as taking in more air than is needed for the level of physical activity. So, what is the correlation between over-breathing and panic attacks? This may surprise you, but studies have shown that most people suffering from panic attacks hyperventilate all the time, not just during panic attacks. And they are likely completely unaware of it.

What would make someone take in more air than they need to? One current theory suggests that panic sufferers have an overly sensitive respiratory alarm system that is triggered by carbon dioxide (C02)1. While all of us breathe in oxygen and breathe out C02, individuals with this hypersensitivity over-breathe all of the time in an attempt to avoid triggering their body’s alarm system. This over- breathing causes a persistently low C02 level, which can then trigger an erroneous alarm response. The alarm response is called a panic attack.

It makes perfect sense that the body would have an alarm system related to breathing. Otherwise, we’d be in big trouble. Think about holding your breath. Eventually, you feel distress caused by ‘air hunger’, which is the alarm sensation related to suffocation. When this happens, you respond by taking big gulps of air to ‘turn off the alarm’. It’s a survival mechanism.

Think of panic in the same way. Panic attacks are the body’s way of sounding an alarm, but the alarm system has gone hay-wire, signaling danger way out of proportion to the circumstance. In some people, the alarm that causes panic is triggered by external cues (airplane turbulence, heights, snakes, etc.) and in others, by internal ones (chest tightness, dizziness, etc.).

Freespira is successful at reducing or eliminating panic attacks by training individuals how to correct this underlying respiratory dysfunction. Using real-time feedback, Freespira teaches panic sufferers how to pace breathing and normalize respiratory volume so their body is less likely to trigger their oversensitive alarm system.

In our next post, I’ll summarize both the clinical trial and real-world research about Freespira.

Reference:
1. Klein DF. False suffocation alarms, spontaneous panics, and related conditions. An integrative hypothesis. Arch Gen Psychiatry 1993;50:306–17. [PubMed: 8466392]

“Everything was spinning, like my brain was trying to climb out of my head. The air felt thick and heavy. My mouth was like chalk,” basketball star Kevin Love writes

Heart pounding, lungs straining, room spinning, a panic attack can make people feel as if they’re about to die. Then, just as suddenly as it begins, it’s over.

What’s happening here?
The Anxiety and Depression Association of America describes a panic attack as the abrupt onset of intense fear or discomfort. It can happen out of the blue and for no obvious reason when a person is calm, or strike when she’s feeling anxious.

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What is a panic attack?

Palo Alto Health Sciences is starting a blog series about panic attacks, panic disorder, and panic-related conditions. Let’s begin by getting all of us on the same page by defining the panic attack.  Panic attacks have three distinct characteristics:  1.  An abrupt surge of fear that ordinarily will last for 10 to 30 minutes, 2.  A variety of intense and unpleasant physical symptoms, and 3.  Fearful psychological experiences related to the attack.

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Nearly eight in 10 Americans admit they feel stress in their daily lives. Dr. Deepak Chopra, bestselling author and a world-renowned leader in alternative medicine, sits down with the TODAY team to share easy ways to combat your anxiety.

Nearly eight in 10 Americans say they feel stress in their daily lives. Dr. Deepak Chopra, bestselling author and a world-renowned leader in alternative medicine, sits down with the TODAY team to share easy ways to combat your anxiety.

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“When I was going through my panic attacks, I didn’t even feel like I could share with anyone, So I’d suppress it, and the more I suppressed it, the bigger it became.”

In celebration of Porter magazine’s fifth anniversary, the publication welcomed Gisele Bündchen, its first-ever cover model and one of the world’s biggest supermodels, back to the front page.

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From time to time, Palo Alto Health Sciences (Freespira) will share articles that discuss breathing techniques for panic attacks and other anxiety-related conditions that may not be consistent with the science-based and clinically-proven method behind Freespira. In such cases, we share the article for general informational purposes only, without any endorsement or recommendation.