Spontaneous Panic Attacks

Many people experience what is called spontaneous panic attacks.

These panic experiences seem to come of out nowhere, leaving the sufferer feeling as if they were caught off guard.

Since these attacks seem to happen without warning, people who suffer from them begin to walk around in fear of when the next one might come. They find it hard to do anything without that fear being present in the subconsious part of the mind.

For this reason alone, prompt education is needed in the early stages so that avoidance behaviors do not develop, such as agoraphobia.

Spontaneous panic is seen as "unprovoked" panic since the sufferer cannot identify a specific reason for their experience.

These attacks can also occur in the middle of the night and disrupt your sleep cycle. They are also known as, nocturnal panic attacks.

Are they really unprovoked?

Although panic attacks can happen spontaneously, they are almost always provoked, even if with a simple fleeting thought. Though you may not see a real reason for your panic, your subconsious mind holds the answer.

Unlike situational panic attacks, where panic revolves around a specific activity or situation, spontaneous panic attacks are random and do not attach themselves to anything specific. However, it is important to note that spontaneous panic attacks can develop into situational panic, specific phobias, and agoraphobia if not completely understood and early intervention is not received.

The most important thing you need to recognize about panic is that panic repeats the same cycle everytime. It may fluctuate with intensity but in all reality, the panic response is predictable, following the same pattern with every experience.

Whether your attacks are situational or spontaneous, the fact remains, a panic attack is a panic attack!

Things That Help

Overcome Your Fear of Panic

Your fear of panic keeps panic alive. Educate yourself and realize that a panic attack cannot hurt you. Education is a major factor to recovery. You cannot overcome panic attacks as long as you are afraid of them. Stop panic attacks by facing them for what they are and realize that's all they are.

What's Going On In Your Life?

Try to pinpoint what is really bothering you. Panic is almost always a result of some unresolved inner conflict due to stress and anxiety. If you are having a hard time figuring this one out, it helps to journal or use talk therapy to sort things out.

Use Stress Management Techniques

Exercise is one of the best ways to manage the stress in your life. It helps you burn up excess adenaline as well as the negative stress hormones in your body. For more information on things you can do to relieve and manage stress, visit Stress Management Tips

Eat Right

Eating the right foods will help replenish your body with important vitamins and minerals. Stress depletes your body of these important vitamins and minerals, therefore, all the more reason to eat right. If your appetite is not the best, you can use vitamin supplements to help you. For more information on what you should be eating, visit Stress Diet Tips

Use Natural Stress Relief

If you are having a particularily hard time coping with the body symptoms of anxiety and panic, there are natural supplements that can help diminish the amount of physical distress you feel. Although they cannot remove all your symptoms, they can help aleviate a good amount. Since overcoming panic means facing those feelings, it's important not to remove all those physical feelings anyways. Many people find natural stress relief as a great alternative to psychiatric medications.

For more information on Alternative Methods to healing and recovery, please visit Alternative Medicine

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