Handling Panic Attack Triggers: How to be Prepared

by editor on 09/16/2013

handling panic attack triggers

Panic attacks are an ever growing issue in our society. They can be brought on by a plethora of triggers and can be experienced by anyone at any age and at any time. Here we will briefly discuss how to prepare yourself for handling panic attack triggers.

What is a panic attack?

A panic attack or an anxiety attack is the same—it is a condition which is felt suddenly and for seemingly no apparent reason. It will have very little to no warnings or at least not an apparent one to the sufferer. When it happens—especially for the first time—it is frightening. This doesn’t make the experience any better. Generally, once the issue is investigated by a physician and then a qualified therapist—you will find that there are triggers which will differ with each person. Handling panic attack triggers is your best bet.

What are some common triggers and how do they work?

Triggers can be anything from a childhood memory that is latent—and though we may not be consciously thinking about it—we may hear a sound or maybe a certain smell that is pleasant or unpleasant and it will trigger a panic response. For example if we were burned by a hot oven but the smell of baking cookies triggered a panic attack—we may not be cognizant that this was the trigger of that memory. After all—who doesn’t like baked cookies?

Another example may be a bad experience within a crowd—maybe you were separated from your parents or there was some unpleasant occurrence within a crowd so the next time you go to a sporting event—the trigger happens.

Handling panic attack triggers:

First and foremost you need to figure out through a professional what your own specific triggers are. Maybe—if they are severe enough—the aide of Zanaprin, which is a natural tranquilizer, can help. Zanaprin can help you until you find what the underlying issue is. Then you need to understand what the triggers are. This last part can be done by taking notice of what is around you when the panic attack happens. Then discuss it with your therapist.

Handling the triggers in the meantime:

Make sure when you feel one coming on you take deep belly breaths and find a place to sit quietly. Close your eyes if need be and hold each breath for the count of three until your heart rate slows down. Drink water once you feel you can stand and after the attack loosens its grip, go home and meditate or find a spot that you can do so in—avoid caffeine for that and the next day. With the help of Zanaprin and guidance from a therapist, you will find ways for handling panic attack triggers.

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