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Whether you are panic stricken by your trips to the doctor or have regular panic attacks you can try the following at any time and you will see improvement.....
There are some exercises that you can practice that will make you feel better IF you keep doing them. First, breathing....when you are having a panic attack you brain is getting the message that it better gear up for an "attack" and releases hormones to help, that is why your heart races and blood pressure rises. You are probably not taking regular breaths, you may be holding your breath and not realizing it...so if you start to feel the panic coming....focus on taking some deep breaths, counting as you breath in through your nose, 1,2,3,4, hold it for a count of 4 and then SLOWLY exhale through your mouth, again counting 1,2,3,4, repeat this until you feel better. How and why does this work? Our brain receives the message that panic is coming, in our days as "cave men" it served the purpose of getting us ready to battle whatever was facing us...our brain hasn't changed that much and this fight or flight response is triggered by panic. When we take long deep breaths, regulated breathing, in and out, slow and easy....our brain is receiving another message that says, oh, no danger out there and the hormones that would be released during stress aren't released and panic abates. This is only one technique you can use anywhere. Yoga, meditation
, relaxation CD's, guided imagery can all help without the use of medication. You say you are always nervous, if you make the time available for you to practice breathing on a regular basis as well as some of the other techniques I have suggested you will feel better. You can also use a technique for your nervousness called "self talk" ..some peopletend to have automatic thoughts going through our heads, that is, thoughts that are usually negative, worrisome thoughts and "what ifs"...if you consciously recognize that these thoughts are there you can actually tell yourself to "stop" that thought and think of something positive or peaceful...that is where a lot of visualization is helpful....There are a lot of things you can do on your own but if you are having difficulty after using all the above techniques maybe a short course of medication may be needed. As far as herbs are concerned, try some of the teas that are available. Valerian root tea is one to try. So, before you are scheduled for your doctor's appointment, try the breathing exercises on your way there and in the office...after awhile it will become automatic ....and talk to youself using positive statements, like, this is okay, I'm good to myself by taking the time to see the doctor etc....remember to keep your breathing even and slow. Do is as often as needed.
I hope this is helpful.
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