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Offline howahkan

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Re: What techniques do you use to control panic attacks?
« Reply #10 on: August 18, 2013, 08:22:42 AM »
I didn't want to create a new thread...

Has anyone tried running during a panic attack? I mean logically speaking, if your body is flooded with adrenaline would running be a good way to handle a panic attack? It couldn't hurt right?

The only issue with this I can think of, is that panic attacks make your heart rate go up, you feel breathless, faint, dizzy, etc and running would exasterbate these symptoms.
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Re: What techniques do you use to control panic attacks?
« Reply #11 on: September 07, 2013, 11:55:34 PM »
I didn't want to create a new thread...

Has anyone tried running during a panic attack? I mean logically speaking, if your body is flooded with adrenaline would running be a good way to handle a panic attack? It couldn't hurt right?

It won't hurt, but it would become a sort of crutch. Let's say you're in a situation where you cannot run. Then what will you do? Probably panic more because your crutch is gone.

 The best thing with panic attacks is simply to not fight them. It's simply to know that panic attacks, although uncomfortable, cannot hurt you, and that the irrational thoughts that go with them are unrealistic.

It might also help you to know that there are cognitive behavior therapists whose treatment for phobias/panic attacks, is to force the patient into the situation that causes them fear and make them suffer through it. And then repeat the process two or three times a week, for several weeks. It's called "exposure therapy" and it's actually the best treatment for panic attacks and phobias.

For example, let's say a patient is claustrophobic. Some of these therapists will literally nail the patient into a dark wooden box (or shut the lid and padlock it) for 90 minutes. No matter how much the patient cries and begs and screams, the doctor won't let them out. Sounds awful, but it works. Exposure therapy has the highest cure rate compared to other approaches.
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Re: What techniques do you use to control panic attacks?
« Reply #12 on: June 22, 2015, 04:58:08 AM »
I didn't want to create a new thread...

Has anyone tried running during a panic attack? I mean logically speaking, if your body is flooded with adrenaline would running be a good way to handle a panic attack? It couldn't hurt right?

Believe me it works..
Brisk walk and running with your favorite Songs may cool your panic.
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Re: What techniques do you use to control panic attacks?
« Reply #13 on: July 09, 2015, 11:03:49 PM »
Thanks for the post.

On running--I kept my panic attacks at bay for about 5 years by engaging in a serious cardio program.  Was in the best cardio shape of my life!  Had a resting heart rate of around 40.  I did it every day, high intensity.  This worked and I highly recommend it if it makes your symptoms better.

However, the darn panic came back.  At some point, the cardio "turned" on me and I started getting panic attacks (or exacerbating them) FROM running.  This freaked me out as I thought it was a true heart issue and there was something wrong--it had been a long time since an attack so I felt required to go through the cardio workup (again) and extend my misery for about 6 months until all medical tests came clear.  Nevertheless, 5 years was a good "run" without them (no pun intended) -- better than many of the standard medicines out there.

What Howahkan said started to ring true for my "new" iteration of panic--by increasing the heart rate and getting myself a little "breathless" from intense exercise I was starting to trigger new attacks.

I still exercise but know when to back off so I don't trigger another one.  I'm still feeling out the best routine, but I certainly think exercise is not only an essential component of managing anxiety, but an essential component of otherwise living a long healthy life -- whatever exercise you eventually choose.

Regarding my current "go to" on immediate relief in a situation, I ALWAYS have a pack of cough drops handy.  I've discovered that the cooling sensation can dampen the "i can't breathe feeling."  If I'm at a restaurant or a work function where taking a cough drop is not appropriate, I get a water with ice and let the ice cube cool the back of my throat and tongue.  This definitely helps me a bit to get through!
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