What is a Panic Attack?

A panic attack is state of extreme anxiety and fear that strikes suddenly and lasts for around ten minutes to half an hour. After that, there are many feelings that can take two or more hours to abate.

Panic attacks are not just feeling anxious; they can be extremely debilitating both emotionally and physically because they are accompanied by several unpleasant physical symptoms. Sufferers may even think they are having a heart attack.

These symptoms may include dizziness, a racing heart, breathing difficulties, chest pains, a feeling of being disassociated from reality, numbness or tingling in the hands, feeling chilled or too hot and trembling.

Worse still there are emotional symptoms such as a feeling of extreme fear or terror that something dreadful is about to happen and helplessness in preventing it.

The person who is suffering from a panic attack may also feel nervous that they are about to do something embarrassing and they may also strongly feel that they are about to die.

It is no wonder that people who have suffered in this way once fear having another attack.

The trouble is that this often does happen, which is one reason why panic attacks can severely impact your life.

Once a person has had several panic attacks for no apparent reason they are said to have the condition called panic disorder.

Panic attacks are not usually related to any specific fearful event, although they can be.

Often a person who has been under stress for a long time will develop panic attacks unexpectedly.

This can lead to trying to avoid the type of situation they were in when it occurred as a preventative measure.

For instance, if they were in a crowded shopping centre when they had a panic attack they will avoid going there again.

Often they tend to shut themselves in their home in an effort to prevent further attacks.

When this happens they are said to have panic disorder with agoraphobia.

This may all sound like bad news, but sufferers can be treated and the disorder can be managed.

Help should be sought from a health care professional before the problem becomes too well established.

But even if you have been suffering from panic attacks for ages it is not too late to do something about it.

You can and should take steps to get your life back so that you can enjoy it once again.

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