Panic and anxiety are things that are experienced by anyone at any given time. These are usually brought about by a fear or can be stress related. One can panic because of a deadline that is impossible to meet, or a memo that may raise the blood pressure, it can even just be someone scaring the living daylights out of you in the form of a joke.
Panic and anxiety are usually accompanied by a feeling of breathlessness, heart palpitating, even a stomach cramp which can be so uncomfortable that only laughter will release the tension. The best description is probably like your spirit rising rapidly out of your body, and you have a need to pull it down fast back to you, to give you a semblance of sanity.
The best way to get a panic and anxiety attack is to probably convince yourself that there is no hope. This sense of hopelessness gives room for fears that just escalate to a degree where there is no way, shape or form to function and think logically. Getting past these feelings is the only way to get back the normal rhythm and logic that is in lucidity.
People have always said that the only way to make it through life is to face the enemy within. Easier said than done especially in the throes of a panic and anxiety attack, but unfortunately this is so true. The more we face our problems and fight it headlong, the less we can be handicapped by our fears which are the only cause to these problems. Belief in your own capabilities is the first step. A mantra like that of the little train that could is probably the best course of action. Confidence is like common sense, when it comes to panic and anxiety attacks. If there is confidence in self and logic to overcome the attacks, they won’t be a cause for hardship.