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How CBD Can Help with Panic Attacks and Anxiety

How CBD Can Help with Panic Attacks and Anxiety

WHAT IS AN ANXIETY OR PANIC ATTACK?

An anxiety attack or a panic attack feels like a sudden intense fear accompanied by symptoms of, a racing heart, sweating, shortness of breath, tingling, and feelings of being out of control, to name a few.

THE CLINICAL DESCRIPTION

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), published by the American Psychiatric Association, defines panic attacks as: A panic attack is a sudden episode of intense fear that triggers severe physical reactions when there is no real danger or apparent cause.

The DSM-5 suggests there is a difference between anxiety attacks and panic attacks.

The differences are an anxiety attack has mild symptoms, is of short or long duration, and the symptoms come on gradually whereas a panic attack has intense symptoms, is short in duration, and symptoms come on suddenly.

DOES CBD REALLY HELP WITH PANIC ATTACKS?

A study was done on CBD and fear of public speaking, a fear that most people will admit is commonly accepted to increase anxiety. In this study, a single dose of 300 mg. CBD decreased anxiety in healthy test volunteers.

Another study showed that after 600 mg. of CBD, there was a significant reduction in anxiety during public speaking. These results have been encouraging, leading to further studies on the effects of CBD and panic disorders.

WHAT SHOULD I DO FOR MY PANIC ATTACK?

When you experience an anxiety or panic attack, it is a highly unpleasant experience, and having the right information, help, and support is important. The more resources you have and the more you learn about how to manage it, the better. CBD may play a role in relieving the symptoms for some, but it is not a cure and should not be your only tool for managing a panic attack.

If you have a medical condition, this can contribute to panic attacks either from the condition itself or the stress it places on the body. Always consult your health care professional on the best course of action before taking CBD.

Feeling better and managing stress can simply be a matter of practice. When you begin to recognize you are having an anxiety or panic attack, give your body a chance to calm down. Go to a quiet place, take some slow deep breaths, close your eyes and turn down the noise inside your head. You can listen to soft music or a guided meditation.

Decide that you will be better and that you are managing it well. Get in touch with your body by allowing the feeling to be present, then feel or imagine it is leaving your body in whatever way feels good or right to you. Know that you will make it through, and you are doing well.

Once it has passed, begin to change your focus; rather than focusing on the anxiety attacks that have occurred, journal your progress on how successfully you have overcome them. Write down what you did and the changes that took place. This can reinforce all the positive changes you are making.

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