A panic attack is a sudden overwhelming fear that comes without warning. Your heart begins to pound, and the room spins. Sound familiar? If you struggle with panic attacks, it can be a terrifying experience that feels like a heart attack. Even worse, it can paralyze your entire life with fear, wondering when your next panic attack might be. To help you, here are a few ways to deal with panic attacks.
What are some of the signs and symptoms of a panic attack?
- racing heart
- difficulty breathing
- tightness of chest
- tingling in fingers and toes
If any of these sound familiar, it will be important to rule out any other health issues that may be present. A thorough physical with your family doctor can be a good place to start. If no other health issues can be found as a cause of these symptoms, a licensed counselor can help you address strategies to eliminate panic attacks. Many times we resist seeking help because we feel overwhelmed, embarrassed, or we minimize the feelings we are having. Make the decision to seek help and not be controlled by the panic.
Face Your Fears. A panic attack is like a vicious dog following you. You never feel ‘safe‘ wondering when the ‘dog‘ will attack. When you have a strategy to deal with the dog, you begin to feel confident, safe, knowing what to do and how to be free of the threat.
Begin to work through the fears that are directing your thoughts. Old wounds, trauma, and painful experiences begin to stay present in our life without a healing process. You will begin to learn how to process the anxiety and fear that arises. Some strategies include counseling, connecting with safe people, meditating on scripture to replace the negative thoughts, and prayer. Sometimes medication is helpful when combined with these steps. Isaiah 35:4 says, “Say to those with fearful hearts, ‘Be strong, and do not fear, for your God is coming to destroy your enemies. He is coming to save you.’” Old wounds and scars can feel like enemies when dealing with panic attacks. God is faithful to help you!
Panic attacks are real and can have a huge impact on your life. Make the choice to get help and face your fears. You don’t have to struggle with panic attacks for the rest of your life—you can overcome them!
Need help? Call 800-NEW-LIFE to find a licensed counselor to help you with panic attacks.