A normal life is almost impossible with people who suffer from panic attacks. Overcoming panic attacks seems to be an impossibility or so you thought. Those who have the condition tend to view every situation as a possible threat so lives their life in the quest to avoid conflicts so they avoid meeting people, traveling and mostly lives alone.
What Can I Do?
When you wish to overcome panic attacks there are different ways in which to treat them. Your first option is to go to a psychologist and explore the various therapies they offer. The attacks may be caused by anxiety disorders and as such, therapy can be directed towards curing that specific disorder which then can lead to the lessening and temporary disappearance of panic attacks.
The second option is to take medications like antidepressants or benzodiazepines, to overcome the symptoms but you should realize that turning to these medications can be harmful in the end since you could become dependent on these drugs or at worst become addicted to them and this will happenally ruin both your physical and mental well-being. Medication used to treat anxiety provide only symptomatic relief like when you are extremely nervous or have a racing pulse and the likes.
Finally, the last option is to do self help. Of course, nothing can beat professional help but there are ways that you can actually help yourself. First is to arm yourself with information, the more you learn about panic attacks and its triggers the more you can do to avoid them. Also, you can stop taking smoking or drinking coffee which are stimulants, this can reduce palpitations and shortness of breath. You can also try some breathing techniques like yoga or meditation so you can learn to control your breathing.
You are now on your way to overcoming, the key to realize that the problem is solvable. As you learn to cope with it you will see drastic changes in your life.