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I used to get panic attacks in my 20s all the time. At first I found them horrendous but then I found 2 ways to defeat them. The first is almost foolproof, the second is foolproof. The first is to do something really complicated with my brain, so in my case, since I'm mathematical, I do square roots in my head. It's complicated enough that my concentration breaks the panic attack - usually - in 30 seconds or a minute, and then I keep doing square roots for a few minutes after that. The second technique always works and fast. When I feel an attack coming on, I simply tense my thigh muscles and abdominal muscles really tight for a few seconds, then release and take a deep breath, then tense again, then release, repeating as long as necessary. This sucks away the nervous energy like magic. And since these 2 techniques work so well for me, I never get panic attacks anymore since I know they can be defeated and that robs them of their threatening, spiralling energy.

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Interesting--Breathing into a paper bag is my remedy for curing hiccups. And it usually works. I guess there's something about it regulating breath maybe?


It has something to do with lowering the pH of the blood by increasing carbon dioxide.

 

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Interesting--Breathing into a paper bag is my remedy for curing hiccups. And it usually works. I guess there's something about it regulating breath maybe?

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Do you regularly deal with anxiety? Find some tips here for how to prevent and control a panic attack, understanding and treating chronic anxiety, and ways to calm your anxiety. And, let us know what works for you to deal with anxiety.


Yes and no.  The cure is to breath into a paper bag and the author, , of your article is remiss for not mentioning it.

 

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Do you regularly deal with anxiety? Find some tips here for how to prevent and control a panic attack, understanding and treating chronic anxiety, and ways to calm your anxiety. And, let us know what works for you to deal with anxiety.

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