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How To Manage Panic Attacks When Socializing

By Laurie Faria

Did you know that you can prevent panic attacks? Thousands of people experience heightened levels of anxiety and even suffer from a panic attack during a social event, have difficulty socializing, and are nearly to the point that they will stop creating new relationships because of their fear. What you may not realize is that this fear is linked to having a panic attack, and is not because of the situation, place or event itself. It is a fear that feeds itself on the anxiety of having an anxiety attack!

There are many ways to get rid of anxiety and help reduce the risk of getting panic attacks, be it in public situation or not, even if you get attacks on a regular basis. Learning some self-help techniques can be the key to getting cured. These techniques will help you reduce anxiety, improve your state of mind, combat shyness, and greatly reduce the risk of developing a panic disorder.

One of the most common traits of people with panic disorder and anxiety problems is that they worry excessively about making a mistake in front of other people. This creates feelings of apprehension and overwhelm before the individual has even entered the social setting. In order to reduce anxiety and panicky feelings in this situation, the person can prepare by doing some research about the area, learning about who will be attending the event, and visualize a positive outcome.

By thinking positive, you can reduce and even prevent panic attacks from happening. The mind is very powerful and getting caught in a cycle of negative thinking will lead to undue stress over a situation that has not even occurred and might not even occur. Fears are guided by thought, not reality. To overcome this challenge, a person must think more positively to get the right mind set and insecurities will be placed aside. Try to find quotations and sayings that will encourage you and help build up your confidence.

Another effective way to stop an impending panic attack and effectively lower anxiety levels is to do deep breathing techniques. When fear strikes, the heart rate increases and shallow breathing occurs. By breathing slowly and deeply, there will be an increase of oxygen to the brain. The panic attack can be controlled by the person concentrating on their breathing and it will surely reduce anxiety.

It has been proven that positive visualization techniques are quite effective in reducing anxiety and prevent the occurrence of a panic attack. Many people who have learned how to visualize positive mental images have become more confident when faced with a social event or any other kind of similar situation that they usually avoid because of their fears. Though this strategy works, you need to give it time and patience.

By learning about the different methods of reducing anxiety and applying one or more of the strategies, you will be able to lower the risk of getting panic attacks in public. You will be able to overcome some of your phobias and will begin to enjoy life to its fullest, without the insecurities or the overwhelming fears that stop you from going forward. Live a life free from fears and take control of your panic attacks.

If you’ve ever suffered from a panic disorder when socializing with people, or have fear of traveling, there is hope. A non-pharmaceutical anxiety treatment that can help you to free yourself from the fearful thoughts that may lead to panic attacks.

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Faria, Laurie "How To Manage Panic Attacks When Socializing." How To Manage Panic Attacks When Socializing. 7 Oct. 2010. 13 Dec 2014 <>.

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Faria, L (2010, October 7). How To Manage Panic Attacks When Socializing. Retrieved December 13, 2014, from

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