Panic Attack Questions

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   Posted 7/2/2009 2:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I just have a few questions.  1) Has anyone ever died from a panic attack?  2) Has anyone ever passed out from a panic attack?   3) What is the best way to cope with a panic attack? 
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   Posted 7/2/2009 5:24 PM (GMT -6)   

Hello and tough questions.  cool

I do not know if there is a death certificate out there with Panic as the cause of death.  I would think perhaps some deaths have occured due to a person having a severe attack while being physically abused or someone with a bad heart being extremely frightened but panic as the cause of death, just don't know.

Some people will hyperventilate during a panic attack and then faint but it is the hyperventilation that causes the fainting spell.

Reading through the forum you will find many ways to stop panic in it's tracks or ways to ride out the panic until it quits as it will eventually. I believe each person has their own way of learning to deal with panic and each uses the method that works best for them.

Controlling your breathing is one of the best ways to control your panic.



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   Posted 7/2/2009 5:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Raze,

To answer your questions simple =)

1. No
2. No
3. Depends on the person.

If you do some reading about anxiety/ panic attacks you can get a lot more incite and understanding. Which would make your questions more understandable.

And no no one has died from a panic attack. Yes you can pass out while having a panic attack. But that is do to hyperventilation not the attack itself. Which is one reason it is very important to control your breathing. It is very rare to faint while having an attack. But the panic attack does not cause it. It is more so how we react to the panic attack. I have felt (Some times still do) like I'm going to but never have.

How to cope with panic attacks is different for everyone. But in the end we all focus breathing to help calm us down and makes us focus on something other then the panic itself. I use imagery while breathing.
Some have used a program called CBT and have done great on it. Therapy is a big plus if you have that option.
Medication is the biggest factor. Usually everyone who has a major case of anxiety/pa take some kind of medication. I myself don't. As its one of my fears that comes with my anxiety.

I say major because everyone at some point in their lives have anxiety and panic attacks. But they usually are short term and go away on their own. And my major I mean those who suffer from the start and they don't go away in time.

Anyway I hope I have helped answer your questions. Do use the search option on this site as it has some great features and can answer a lot of your unknown questions.

Take care
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