Honesty time dudes. I have always been a worried person, I worry about everything; but recently I have developed anxiety, and begun having panic attacks.
I thought it may be helpful to some people to share my personal experiences and what my homeopathic doctor has told me.
How I deal with panic attacks
Personally, I have bad times and better times; once every couple of weeks I have a period of 2 or 3 days where I'm more sensitive and susceptible to attacks (although I'm generally anxious most of the time). They usually happen when I'm stressed about something I have to do, or when I'm in a small space (like the bus mostly, sometimes the car).
When I feel an attack coming on, I put my sunglasses on so it's less obvious (because if people notice it makes it worse for me) and I breathe deeply. I think it's linked to feeling like I don't have enough air, which would explain the small spaces. Whatever I do, I'm going to have a panic attack, so the best thing is to just ride it out and breathe in and out slowly, until I calm down. It's difficult for me when people want to help me, because I know how to deal with it in my own head, and other people paying attention to me just makes it worse. Luckily now my boyfriend understands this, and lets me deal with it.
I went to see a homeopathic doctor, because I knew that if I started taking lots of different pills, I would get anxious about side effects and dosage and ugh, not a fun time.
He told me to do yoga, stop drinking coffee, and stop watching horror films. I'm pretty pissed about the last two, but I can get on board with yoga.
He also prescribed me 4 different remedies: Ignatia Amara for the mornings, Kalium Bromatum for the night, Natrum Muriaticum once a week, and a mix of Valeriana Officinalis, Argentum Nitricum, Phosphoric Acid and Spigelia Anthelmia for when I'm actually having an attack (which I haven't needed yet). He also gave me a big dose of Phosphorus to do once a month if the problem persists.
Ignatia Amara is from the St. Ignatius bean, and it's been used to treat anxiety, depression, insomnia and more.
Kalium Bromatum is Bromide of Potassium. Typically used for insomnia, night terrors, sleep paralysis etc.
Natrum Muriaticum is basically salt. It is used for many, many things, from acne to colds, headaches and digestive complaints.
Valeriana Officinalis or Valerian, is a flowering plant, which has been used to treat insomnia for centuries.
Argentum Nitricum or silver nitrate is a chemical compound. Often used for dizziness, sweating and other side effects of anxiety.
Phosphoric Acid is a mineral acid, used mostly to treat nausea.
Spigelia Anthelmia is a plant. It helps with problems related to the heart, but also migraines, dizziness, etc.
I think not watching horror films, although it annoys me, is a good idea. Subconsciously the shocking images could easily be a trigger. I would also advise drinking herbal tea, particularly chamomile, nothing with any caffeine.
I will report back once my month of using these remedies is over. I also have cut out caffeine and sugar, and since a while back all animal products of any kind.
Thanks for reading