The importance of keeping a check on panic attacks can never be overemphasized specifically for the victims of this malady. Use of medication to treat panic attacks is though quick to affect the patient, have a detrimental effect in the long run. To help the patients tide over any traumatic experience that they may have, resulting in an attack, drugs should be the last resort.
Another form of treatment that panic afflicted patients turn to is hypnosis. This is a very ineffective method as its curative value is next to nothing. To deliberately try to control the thought process of the patient is quite a failure as a treatment of panic attacks.
In experimental stage, people are turning to professional counseling for curing attacks of panic. This kind of treatment is long drawn, requiring the patients to critically analyze their past and present and try to discover where the problem in their psychosis exists. Once that is accurately unwelcomed, a more clearly defined course of treatment can be decided upon. Most patients do not prefer this psycho analysis as they get tired and opt out of it and seek other methods to tackle their trouble.
The vicious cycle of panic attack is never-ending. The attack leads to certain symptoms that are most unpleasant. The patient who suffers an attack, gets a taste of the disagreeable situation and symptoms and further sinks to become even more panicky. He feels a danger looming ahead even though it may only be a figment of his imagination. He despairs in the hopelessness of the situation and is terrified of it, generating greater panic.
The underlying cause of the attack is heightened anxiety. The symptoms exhibited can vary from case to case, ranging from excessive sweating, increased blood pressure, giddiness, queasiness, palpitation and shallow breathing. Getting to the cause of the panic attack is more important than superior treatment by medication. Often the entire issue of panic is skirted around and symptoms deal with individually.