Panic attack is a sudden, terrifying feeling of fear and intense anxiety. Many people will experience panic attack at some point of their lives as a response to stressful situations.
However, people with panic disorder have the attacks on multiple occasions even without any apparent threat or danger.
Panic attacks come out of the blue making the sufferer avoid places or occasions because they are scared of the next possible attack. The person may feel persistent concern about having another attack, and may also change his or her behavior to accommodate the attack.
If you suspect that you or someone you love may be suffering from panic disorder, see your doctor for a diagnosis since symptoms of panic attack mimic those of heart attack. And, it is important you seek treatment, and the earlier the better.
How do you feel during a panic attack?
- Pounding heart
- Fear of dying
- Fear of losing control or “going crazy”.
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Shaking or trembling
- Numbness or tingling sensations
- Feelings of unreality or being detached from yourself.
Are there remedies?
Yes, the good news is that just like any psychological disorders, panic disorder is treatable.
- Behavior therapy helps the person to face his fears through controlled exposure. If the person is terrified of heights, he is gradually exposed to taking occasional airline trips.
- Cognitive therapy helps the individual examine his thought patterns and get rid of thoughts that trigger the attack. The person learns how to separate realistic and unrealistic thoughts
- Relaxation therapy include meditation, deep breathing and guided imagery. It helps you relieve the stress that contributes to anxiety.
- Medication helps to reduce the symptoms and make you feel better. Most of these medications have side effects, however.
Most people may respond best to a combination of these therapies. It may take time to achieve results, but they are effective to help you live a normal life again.
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Resource : Breaking the grip of dangerous emotions authored by Janet Maccaro, PH.d