Anxiety and Panic Attacks

Anxiety is your body's way of reacting to real danger or something you think is a danger. It may be fear or worry over a situation like losing your job. Sometimes the cause is not known. A panic attack is made up of physical signs like sweating, shaking, or chest pain. Anxiety and panic attacks may start suddenly. They may be strong. They may come at any time of day, even while sleeping. They may come at any time of life. Panic attacks are scary, but they do not harm you physically.

HOME CARE

  • Avoid any known causes of your anxiety.

  • Try to relax. Yoga may help. Tell yourself everything will be okay.

  • Exercise often.

  • Get expert advice and help (therapy) to stop anxiety or attacks from happening.

  • Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and drugs.

  • Only take medicine as told by your doctor.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • Your attacks seem different than normal attacks.

  • Your problems are getting worse or concern you.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.