I am going to teach you a few techniques to interrupt a panic attack. First you should get a diagnosis that you were actually experiencing an emotional panic attack.
First see your primary care provider to determine if you are having panic attacks, panic disorder or another condition, such as heart or thyroid problems, with symptoms that resemble panic attacks.
To help pinpoint a diagnosis, you may have:
- A complete physical exam
- Blood tests to check your thyroid and other possible conditions and tests on your heart, such as an electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG)
- A psychological evaluation to talk about your symptoms, fears or concerns, stressful situations, relationship problems, situations you may be avoiding, and family history.
There are many ways to interrupt or completely stop these panic attacks. I am just listing two very effective ones:
1. Using “The FreeSpotting Technique “. When you have a panic attack you must find an outside object to focus on and just only focus on this object for a few minutes. The object could be a spot on the wall, or the end of a pencil or pen, or one of your fingers. In less than 3 minutes your breathing, respiration, and other bodily functions will begin to return to normal.
You can do FreeSpotting anywhere and people will most likely not notice you are having an attack.
Learn and practice the FreeSpotting technique below: