I have to agree with Finn here.
Been reading through all the advice re breathing, exercise, other techniques.
However, and I'm speaking from experience, one cannot wish/will/breathe these episodes away.
Now, if one is talking about what everyone has gone through, a bout of extreme nervousness about a situation, a fear over a certain event, sure, taking a deep breath, thinking something like "this too will pass" can be helpful.
But a panic attack involves chemistry interactions within the brain that we just can't control by saying "stop that"
My belief is a sertonin reuptake inhibitor, an SRRI, can be helpful.
tsar, if this is an occasional, and by that I mean once every couple of years event, fine, breath deep, go for a walk.
If it's something that occurs, or is starting to occur more frequently, bigger guns may be needed.
Going on Zoloft at one point literally, and I mean literally saved my life, which had become a living hell with panic attacks.
After a certain amount of time, I weaned off the dosage/frequency, so it's not a forever thing.
My body had to retrain itself to not blow it's wad of serotonin every time it saw a ceiling fan rotating, my heart rate accelerated for normal exercise, throwing me into the abyss.
That took time.