If you have ever experienced a panic attack, you know first-hand, how it can severely limit your life or, at the extreme, imprisonment you in terror. Imagine the freedom if you knew you could stop panic attacks now and never suffer another episode again!

We are now aware that the mind affects the body. In the case of a panic attack, the mind overrules any sense of conscious control, leaving the body at the mercy of acute symptoms such as chest pain, feelings of terror, a sense that you are going mad or are going to die, a racing heartbeat and shallow breathing.

If that is not bad enough, the problem is compounded by the fact that the presenting symptoms of panic attack also appear in other, more serious illnesses such as heart attacks, strokes and epilepsy. For this reason, you need to have a medical check up to rule out any serious illness.

The attacks can either appear out of the blue, for no apparent reason, or there is a triggering event or situation such as a change in one's life being it perceived as “good” or “bad”.

To help yourself stop panic attacks, the minute you feel one coming on, stop, sit down where you are and slow down your breathing, both inhaling and exhaling. Breathe in to the count of 5 and out to the count of 5. Keep this coming for as long as it takes, focussing all of your attention on it until you have calmed down. This is one of the most important things to do as it will help you gain control of your symptoms and your self-esteem.

Relaxation and stress can not co-exist. You are relaxing your body and mind to drive stress out. When you have acquired your symptoms once, you will know you can handle it, if it happens again.

Although it is thought that, traumatic and stressful events early on in life and even ones' environment, may be contributing factors, not every individual with similar experiences will needarily react in the same way. However, help is at hand and sufferers can now easily stop panic attacks from ever happening again!

Both the problem and the solution lie within the mind and the body.

Finally, there is a scientifically proven explanation for the cause. A small organ in the brain called the “Amygdala” is directly responsible for regulating anxiety in the body. When this organ malfunctions we experience all sorts of exaggerated symptoms. The way forward is to return this organ to normal functioning.

The question is how quickly you want to stop panic attacks and begin enjoying your life?