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Panic Attacks
« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2010, 07:21:41 PM »
When people start to deal with abuse issues, or adult r*p*, the process can be extremely overwhelm ing at first. People tend to become hyper vigilant, often always on the lookout for danger. This can leave your body in a state of almost been constantl y on standby incase something happens. It is this constant state of bodily readiness that leave people so open to panic attacks. One smell, sound, taste or even someone looking familiar from your past, can push the bodies state of readiness just a bit too far and it reacts in an instant without any conscious thought, getting the body ready fro the fight or flight response.

Hyper vigilance and panic attacks very often go hand in hand. Both of these are also some of the common effects that make up r*p* trauma syndrome (R.T.S.) and post traumatic stress disorder (P.T.S.D.). Not everyone who has suffered from abuse, and who have panic attacks, will have PTSD or RTS but many will.

There are some medicatio ns that your doctor can prescribe to ease the panic attacks, and help you stay more relaxed. In the case where the panic attacks are also a part of PTSD / RTS, some research (done by the VA in the USA) also shows that the medicatio n is less effective in males than they are in females.

The most effective treatment for panic attacks (and PTSD / RTS) still remains one of the many talking therapies . It is thus recommend ed that you seek the help of a qualified health professio nal. Your doctor may be able to arrange for you to see a qualified therapist, plus may prescribe medicatio n to help reduce the frequency of the panic attacks. Sadly, some of the medicatio ns for depressio n can cause increased anxiety as a side effect, in which case you should discuss with your doctor the possibili ty of changing medicatio n if this is the case.

Lack of sleep, stress, too much caffeine or chocolate, and some artificia l sweetener s have been shown to increase the frequency of panic attacks.
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