Unusual Way To Handle Panic Attacks Actually Works

The National Institute of Mental Health describes panic disorder as an anxiety disorder that’s characterized by unexpected and repeated episodes of an intense sense of fear that seem to come out of nowhere. These episodes can be accompanied by physical symptoms that may include chest pain, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, dizziness, or even abdominal distress. While medications can help, not all people reveal their problems to a doctor, instead relying on other methods of dealing with their panic attacks. One of the more unorthodox ways is to stick an ice cube in your mouth. As simple as that might sound, it actually helps to distract and distance panic thoughts. The cold ice apparently shocks you back into reality and away from thoughts of impending doom. Physically, it forces your mouth to make saliva, which helps you calm down. That’s because fight-or-flight is an all-or-nothing response, and making saliva and fight-or-flight can’t happen at the same time. Just in case you can’t handle the ice cube, you can do the same thing by biting into a lemon.