If you’ve been trying on your own to handle anxiety attacks, treatment can bring you some much needed relief. Whatever it is that triggers the attacks and can result in a physical reaction, treatment can help break the cycle.
Doctors aren’t 100% sure exactly what leads some people to suffer from higher levels of anxiety than others but studies have shown that certain causes can be at the bottom of the anxiety.
The attacks could be hereditary, or they could be brought on by stress – even if the stress isn’t extreme. Your brain’s signals may not react to stress the way someone without a predisposition to anxiety attacks reacts.
The reason that treatment is so important and you shouldn’t keep trying to take care of them alone is because sometimes anxiety attacks can worsen. Though the link isn’t yet widely understood, anxiety attacks can sometimes turn into depression, especially if you feel stress rising up in you and crashing over you. Another way that untreated anxiety can worsen is it can lead the sufferer into withdrawing from social events and in turn can lead to phobias like agoraphobia.
Knowledge on how to handle anxiety is something we can all use, but when it’s deeper and longer lasting anxiety attacks, treatment isn’t really optional any more, not if you want to heal once and for all. You may be in the thick of living with deep-rooted anxiety and not even realize it.
If you’ve started staying away from people, not getting involved in activities because of the feelings of anxiety, then this condition is stealing your joy out of life. If your thoughts zip around two hundred miles an hour like a racecar with fears and stress at the wheel, then it’s time to find someone to help you get back taking back the wheel.
You might have tried some self help techniques such as deep breathing, only to discover it didn’t work. That’s because some of the simpler ways to treat anxiety are not meant to cure anxiety that’s recurrent.
You might have been told that you needed to learn to ‘take a day off’ or ‘find a way to relax’ and while those statements are usually made by those who mean well, it can’t take the place of treatment designed to help you put a stop to anxiety.
So how do you know if you have the kind of anxiety attacks treatment is needed for? If you’re having attacks more than once in awhile, if they’re interrupting your ability to have a functioning life and if they’ve ever led you to suicidal thoughts, then you should seek treatment as soon as possible.