how do you stop panic attacks?!
Good question, I actually need to know this, so I will get back to you when I've done the research I'm supposed to have done, however, my supervisor suggests splashing water on the face if that is possible (not convenient unless one is near a bathroom, but still). and of course that will stop the attack in the moment, it isnt a long term solution... consider therapy... or medication...
This is what wiki suggests
All persons experiencing persistent and frequent panic attacks should consult their physicians. However, many experienced sufferers treat panic attacks with some the following methods and techniques:
Diaphragmatic breathing or abdominal breathing — Breathing slowly through the nose using the diaphragm and abdomen. Do not breathe through the mouth. Focus on exhaling very slowly. This will correct or prevent an imbalance of oxygen to carbon dioxide in the blood stream.
Staying in the present — rather than having "what if" thoughts that are future oriented asking yourself, "what is happening now" and "how do I wish to respond to it". (Carbonell, 2004)
Acceptance and acknowledgement- accepting and acknowledging the panic attack. (Carbonell, 2004).
Floating with the symptoms — allowing time to pass and floating with the symptoms rather than trying to make them better or fighting them. (Carbonell, 2004)
Coping statements — repeated as part of an internal monologue
"No one has ever died from an anxiety attack."
"I will let my body do its thing. This will pass."
""I can be anxious and still deal with this situation."
"This does not feel great, but I can deal with it".
"I am frightened of being frightened, therefore if I stop worrying about being frightened, then I have nothing to be scared of."
when I have panic attacks it helps if I lie on a cold surface like on tiles or something, on my back and crossing my arms over my chest. take deep breathes and try focus on something other than the panic attack.
Just focus on everything else. Like in your head just ask yourself little questions like for ex.
Do I see that tree do I see that car do I see that sign just little questions like that.
take deep breaths