- Updated on September 28, 2019
Proofread and Grammarly-Daan-Sept-2019
Many people experience having panic attacks. People believe that it is not possible or not easy to control or not to have panic attacks. However, it is not true. Panic attacks can easily be controls by the help of a change in the breathing pattern of the person. A common question which would come to the minds of many people is how to stop panic attacks with breathing? Or what breathe exercise for panic attacks is effective and useful?
First of all, it needs to be understood that there is a deep connection between the brain and the breathing process. Our breathing pattern has the ability to reduce the overall oxygenation of the brain and its blood supply by 20 to 30 percent. Around 90 percent of the people who suffer from panic attacks and other anxiety issues have hyperventilation or low oxygenation. This issue can only be fixed by making sure that the breathing pattern of the person is fixed. The excitability of the nerve cells becomes normal, the blood flow to the brain becomes normal as well if the breathing pattern is fixed.
In the year 1976, the British journal of psychiatry said that the overall carbon dioxide measured in the patients who were having neurotic depression and other non-retarded endogenous depression was quite low. This is due to the low oxygenation of the body which is a result of wrong breathing patterns. Modern studies conducted by different countries have proven the fact that many of the diseases which are neurological or psychological in nature such as anxiety, panic attacks, ADHD, ADD, sleep issues, addictions, etc. have been due to the ineffective and improver breathing patterns which have been created due to the chronic hyperventilation.
A person`s breathing effectiveness can easily be assessed and quickly determined by the Buteyko breath holding time test. This test can be carried out quite easily as it only requires the patient to breathe normally and hold his or her breath after exhalation by pinching the nose. The time needs to be measured from this point onwards. The breath needs to be released as soon as the person starts feeling any uncomforting point. The higher the ability of a person to hold his or her breath, the better the state of health he or she is in. This indicates that the person is fit from the neurological aspects as well as the oxygenation of the body. Normal people are said to have a breath-holding time between 40 to 60 sec while anyone with ideal health or super health is said to have the breath-holding time of 60 sec and above. People who have a breath-holding time between 1 to 10 sec are said to be critically ill and need heavy medication while the people who have a breath-holding time between 10 to 20 sec are said to be in poor health conditions. Therefore, it can be concluded that panic attacks can easily be stopped by increasing the breath-holding time and practicing Buteyko techniques.