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How do you stop yourself from having a panic attack?

Posted Jun 08 2010 8:49am

I have Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Panic Disorder and lately I’ve been having really severe panic attacks. It’s come to the point where I avoid everything. I’ve been going to therapy for almost five years now. I try to tell myself that nothing bad is going to happen to me but I just end up panicking more. I’ve also tried some abdominal breathing techniques. Any other suggestions?
Thank you for your answers. Sometimes I feel like I’m the only one suffering from this but it’s really reassuring to know that others have gone through this as well.

I was taught by one of my nurses when I was in a nursing home last year a way to stop my panic attacks and so far it has worked for me everytime.
She told me to take a slow breath in and keep breathing in through my nose as much as I could until I could take in no more air……..then take one more breath. She said to hold it for as long as I could and then slowly let it out….as much as I could possibly let out………and then let out one more breath. She told me to do this at least 8-10 times.
As I said, it worked for me and I hope that it works for you.
Good Luck.

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