Panic attacks are a fairly common problem in our society. These panic disorders can vary from fears and phobias to OCD and other neuroses.

So what are a few helpful hints for panic attacks that will help keep the problem under control? You might be having a panic attack if you experience a rapid heart beat, excessive sweating, or heavy breathing. These signs usually indicate danger in normal circumstances, so it should come as no shock that we feel like we’re in danger when we are having a panic attack.

Follow these tips to get control of panic attacks or mental breakdown symptoms:

First, Breathing -- You’ll find that when you have a panic attack, you’re breathing is often very heavy. When this happens, you will not have enough CO2 in your blood stream. You could trigger a vicious circle of other symptoms when this happens, causing your panic and anxiety to spin out of control. Stop this by watching your breath. Take long and slow breaths. Take time to fully breathe out all the air you inhale. This sort of breathing is the opposite of hyperventilation and can actually stop a panic attack.

Second, Interruption -- When you have a panic attack, you focus will narrow in on what caused the attack. Focus on something else to interrupt the series of events that lead up to a panic attack. This may not seem like a fresh idea, but it is very useful. Try calling up a friend to talk about something enjoyable or funny. Watch something on TV to get your mind on something else. Just make sure you get your mind off of what triggered your attack.

Third, Understanding -- You can do even better, by really understanding your panic disorder. It might be presentations, driving on the freeway, interacting with people, or is it something else. The trigger is just the surface problem. There are really many layers to this. You can find the core problem by unwrapping all the layers. Know yourself fully and you can be better prepared for future situations.

Follow these tips and you’ll see your panic attacks decrease. Trust, me. I know this isn’t easy, but you can do it.

Author's Bio: 

Andrew Hunter used to suffer from panic attacks and anxiety. He has since mastered his emotions and retaken control of his life. He enjoys helping others overcome fears and move past personal barriers.