Panicked? 8 Ways to Fight Back

No, you haven't lost it—be prepared for panic attacks
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Feb 27, 2008 2:09 PM CST
Panic attacks can be caused by stress or hormonal imbalance. Knowing that they won't hurt you is one way to keep them in control.   (Shutterstock)
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(Newser) – For 10 agonizing minutes, you think you've lost it: You're sweating and dizzy, your heart is racing, and you can't breathe. More than 25% of people experience the complete lack of control of a panic attack. Fight back with these tips from MSNBC:

  1. Remind yourself that a panic attack cannot harm you.
  2. Tell others what you're experiencing.

  1. Pack a Xanax-like pill. Just knowing you have one can prevent attacks.
  2. Tense your muscles for 30 seconds to force blood to your head.
  3. Do something familiar, like cleaning, to distract yourself.
  4. If you absolutely can't shake it, go to the ER.
  5. Know that it's normal to feel anxious for a day or two after.
  6. See your doctor just to check in and run through your symptoms.