Saturday, July 5, 2008

Panic Attacks and Blood Pressure

I was thinking the other day about how people who suffer from panic attacks are constantly being told their symptoms, however unpleasant, can't hurt them.

And in general this is true but only because the impending feeling of death and unreal feelings of terror are nowhere close to the actual experience one is having at the time.

However, blood pressure is certainly affected, not just from the stress of the situation but with elevated adrenaline levels, and over time this must surely have an adverse effect so the first thing to do when having a panic attack is to try to reduce your blood pressure as quickly as possible and this can be done by simply drinking a glass of cold water. It hydrates the body and has a calming effect on the whole system.

If dizziness is experienced there is a good chance this means your blood pressure has dropped and to normalise this a glass of fresh juice would do the job nicely.

I've also read somewhere that having a full bladder while your blood pressure is taken can give an elevated reading so it makes sense that going to the toilet would assist in reducing levels too.

It's surprising just how ghastly one can feel with a slight deviation either way so if you do suffer from panic attacks try this and see what a difference it makes.

Better still is to stop having panic attacks altogether which my book Life Without Panic Attacks shows you how to do very nicely!

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