Anyone who has ever experienced a panic attack will know how real and scary they can be. They can happen suddenly and seemingly come from nowhere. The fear that you experience can mean that you are absolutely convinced that you are having a serious medical episode such as a heart attack, and this can further perpetuate the fear and panic, causing the episode to become prolonged.
Being involved in a traumatic event such as a car accident can lead people to suffer from panic attacks. If they have never had issues with anxiety in the past, the symptoms can take them by surprise and they may believe that they have a physical health issue rather than a mental health issue. Anyone suffering from panic attacks should seek the guidance of a medical professional. The following is an overview of some of the ways that you can deal with a panic attack after a car accident.
Recognize the symptoms
Perhaps one of the most important steps in dealing with panic attacks is to know when you are having one. Simply recognizing the symptoms so that you can repeat to yourself that you are simply having a panic attack and that you are safe can be enough to stop an episode in its tracks. Making a list of the symptoms you experience, whether that’s a dry mouth, racing heartbeat or sweaty palms so that you can refer to the list next time you are experiencing an attack.
Identify your triggers
Perhaps you experience an anxiety attack mostly after a stressful day at work, or when you are a passenger in a car. Try to identify your triggers not so that you can avoid them, but so that you can work out how to reframe your associations with certain experiences and situations.
Panic attacks can be treated through therapy and medication, and it is completely possible to overcome them. By taking legal action after a car accident, you may be able to gain back damages to help fund your medical costs.