Have suffered from Attacks for about 20 years now. Wont go into my whole history but will say anxious as a child . Adult years full of stressors and my inability to deal with stress because I never wanted to appear weak. My attacks would hit for no apparent reason at the weirdest times. Tightness in chest heart palps and racing 1000 miles an hour , typical feeling of MY GOD Im GONNA DIE. While I never isolated the triggers of my attacks I did come to a realization which I think explains them somewhat. I take on alot and never seem to be able to shut my brain off when my eyes open in the morning 100 things start racing through my mind. I use Music to focus my brain on one thing THE MUSIC. So I do believe some of what causes the attacks is the mind running through countless things and dwelling on things that we could have done better etc. Some of you may get what i'm saying. Example laying in bed with my beautiful wonderful wife and im thinking about 20 other things instead of letting myself be me and enjoy the moment in front of me. So to the point I tried zoloft years ago. It made me a zombie and gave me cluster Migranes. Well about a month ago panic attacks came back in viscious waves and I said enough is enough and almost went back to the DR for the zombie pills. I was doing some research for my wife on Herbs that would help balance her viscious periods and I stumbled across RHODIOLA ROOT. Did some reading on it and thought what the hell why not try it. It has made me feel like a different person and not one panic attack. I had forgot what it was like to breath. My stomach was so tight for years from Anxiety that I forget what it felt like to take a good deep breath and enjoy the relaxing feeling. Will warn anyone wanting to take it to stick with it and get past the first couple weeks. First 2 days felt great almost sedated but total mental alertness and focus. Next week Feeling jittery like 25 cups of coffee. Sleeping bad and mild headache. After that week I feel like Well it is hard to describe. Relaxed full of energy , mental focus , sleep like a baby and wake up relaxed and can lay in bed and enjoy the quiet. Do some reading on it and decide for yourself. I believe it works for my attacks because it has freed my mind from the 100 thoughts at once and has allowed me to focus on what is infront of me. I still feel stress but it seems to have leveled me out. Appears my 20 years of Flight or Fight has taken a vacation and I hope it stays away. My legs dont hurt wow I feel like the real me again. Just my experience..
I too, suffered from anxiety attacks for years. I am a teacher - and the stress level would bring me to the floor to do deep breathing. I always felt like an elephant was sitting on my chest! Most of my adult life I used exercise to cope - but my anxiety got worse and I got on anti-depressants. Was on them for four years and weaned off of my drugs within a month- and have been drug-free for almost 10 months now.
Supplements with the following components can help:
Rhodiola - a plant used for the body to resist stress and enhance energy production
Cordyceps sinensis - it's called an athlete's herb - provides anti-fatigue benefits
Serenix - a proprietary natural extract blend that helps reduce stress and maintain a healthy mood
Ginkgo biloba & green Tea
Protectin- a natural compound that protects the body from wear and tear of aging.