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PANIC ATTACKS: DON'T LET ANXIETY KEEP YOU FROM LIVING YOUR LIFE " Find a support group that suits your needs. a heart attack? I can't breathe properly! I am shaking, I feel like I'm going to die." These intense experiences of overwhelming fear and discom- fort are characteristic features of a panic attack. Other symptoms include heart palpitations, sweat- ing, shaking, shortness of breath, feeling like one is choking, chest pain, nausea, dizziness, feeling detached from oneself or the en- vironment, fear of losing control, fear of dying, numbness, and ex- periencing hot flushes. Zane Wilson founder of Sadag says: "From not driving or going ' t comes out of nowhere, I feel like I'm losing control ... Am I having to hairdressers or shops, banks or restaurants, my world became smaller and smaller. However af- ter four weeks' treatment I was in control again, and I travel con- stantly and am back to living a to- tally normal life." Panic Disorder involves recur- rent unexpected panic attacks followed by fear of experiencing future panic attacks. Often peo- ple avoid the last places they had them in, i.e. on a highway or in a restaurant, in an empty house, and worry about the conse- quences of the panic at- tacks. Peter Mathlae- la from Siyabuswa says, "They first started in taxis, and I couldn't even step in- side a taxi, then in church, and . a many places like l a shopping mall. il I spoke to Zane at A l" Sadag, and a few '. months later after treatment and medication, I even started a sup- port group in my area." This year, the South African Depression and Anxiety -T_eT______ -____- __________/ “Group (Sadagi). which was opened 21 years ago, will be launch- ing a new anxiety and depression helpline sponsored by Adcock Ingram as a starting point for people seek- ing assistance and telephone guidance about 2150 This is the number of Sadag depression and anxiety support groups across the country From not driving or going to hairdress- ers or shops, banks or restaurants, my world became smaller and small- er. However after four weeks treat- ment I was in control again, and I travel constantly and am back to living a to- tally normal life Zane Wilson Founder of SADAG where to get help and treatment. This in- cludes referrals to psychologists, psy- chiatrists, general practitioners, gov- ernment clinics and hospitals, and support i groups. Through creat- ing understanding, Sadag aims to help prevent, treat and manage panic and anxiety, as well as other anxiety disorders such as social anxiety disorder/social phobia, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Helpful psycho-educational videos will be made available on the Sadag website, one by Dr Col- inda Linde is already on the front page at sadag.org CBT therapy is believed to be the best help there is: cognitive behavioural therapy. There are trained therapists all over South Africa. They are regis- tered by medical aids and can be claimed for. Treatment takes a limited number of sessions of four to eight. Sadag has over 250 depression and anxiety sup- port groups across the country, which provide a safe environment, free from judgement, to discuss personal experiences, share sto- ries, provide support, and learn from each member's personal experiences. Support groups re- assure people that they are not alone and that there are others who truly understand the impact of panic and anxiety. "Panic attacks can be frighten- ing, and they are serious, but they don't have to control you." Says Wilson: "Get help, take control back of your own life." Empower yourself with knowl- edge, there are numerous online videos explaining what panic at- tacks are, how to deal with them, and how to prevent them from happening at sadag.org. There you can also find questionnaires, self-help tips, articles and infor- mation if you would like to help a loved one. Panic attacks can be frightening and they are serious, but they don't have to control you. Get help, take control back of your own life Zane Wilson Founder of Sadag I Afew self-help tips: 1. Deep breaths, inhale through your nose, hold the breath, exhale through the mouth. 2. Avoid caffeine. Check your over-the- counter medication or scripts: Does it advise no caffeine or against adrenalin? No malar- ia medication without checking your dose. Be careful when you go to a dentist, tell your dentist you have panic and ask him to have non-adrenalin in stockfor you. 3. Some of the weight loss drugs also should be avoided. d. Educate yourself, know your illness so you can manage it effectively. Sadag's website has a lot of helpful advice. 5. Don't isolate yourself,join or form asocialsupport network. 6. Always have two or three num- bers you can call ifyou are in the middle of a panic attack. Remember your panic attacks do NOTlast as I long asyouthink,from the beginning y \»_‘_\\ of one to the end of it, time it, you will be surprise how few minutes it is. T. Ask for help. You are not alone. Sadag will offer you referrals, resources and support. info u b Call the Anxiety and Depression helpline on 080-070-8090. "(Crt) For moreinformation visit sadag.org