Nicholas Garlow with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services created a podcast about the groundbreaking panic attack research of SMU psychologists Dr. Alicia Meuret, Dr. David Rosenfield and Dr. Thomas Ritz.
The Sept. 22 podcast “Predicting Panic Attacks” details the startling findings of Meuret’s newest published study showing significant physiological instability in advance of so-called out-of-the-blue panic attacks.
By Nicholas Garlow
From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I???m Nicholas Garlow with HHS HealthBeat.
Your body may give you hints that you’re going to have a panic attack, a short period of intense fear and discomfort. Forty-three panic attack sufferers carried portable recorders that measured respiration, heart rate and other bodily functions, over 2,000 hours.
Alice Meuret is at Southern Methodist University.
“Most of the physiological changes took place long before the patients reported that what they felt was a panic attack.” (10 seconds)
To combat attacks, she suggests:
“Changing respiration when noticing symptoms could be effective in avoiding a full blown panic attack. One should try to breathe as little air as possible, to reverse hyperventilation.’ (14 seconds)
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