For many people that deal with anxiety or panic attacks, eventually, they will be faced with the question ‘to medicate or not to medicate’. While this is a decision that should be left up to you and your doctor, there are some signs that it might be time to consider medications in controlling your attacks.
Panic attacks that start for no reason
Everyone has their own individual triggers. These triggers might include stress, being dehydrated, being in social situations, or personal problems. But when the attacks start coming for no reason, absent of any triggers at all, it might be time to talk to your doctor about using medication for these breakthrough attacks.
When your start having severe physical symptoms
There have been cases where people have gone to the hospital, thinking they were having a heart attack, and it turned out to be a panic attack. If the panic attacks are causing physical pain or problems to the point that you suffer chest pain or find yourself gasping for air, it might be time to see a doctor about them.
When you’re no longer able to live a normal life
People with panic attacks might start to participate in ‘avoidance behaviors’. The behaviors generally come about from someone trying to avoid triggers. For the most part, avoiding triggers is a good way to manage attacks. But when the avoiding of triggers starts to take over your daily life, it might be time to talk to your doctor about going on medication for these attacks.