& Panic Disorder
A panic attack is an episode of extreme dread that generates swift physical responses when there is no genuine danger or apparent cause. Panic attacks can be terrifying. You may believe you’re losing control, having a heart attack, or even dying while experiencing a panic attack.
Many people only experience one or two panic attacks throughout their lives, and the condition fades away when the stressful event is over. However, if you’ve had recurring, unpredictable panic attacks for a lengthy time while constantly fearing another attack may strike at any moment, you might be suffering from panic disorder.
A panic attack may be frightening and have a significant impact on your life. However, treatment is highly successful.
Panic attacks typically include some of these signs or symptoms:
- Sense of impending doom or danger
- Fear of loss of control or death
- Rapid, pounding heart rate
- Trembling or shaking
- Shortness of breath or tightness in your throat
- Hot flashes
- Abdominal cramping
- Chest pain
- Dizziness, lightheadedness, or faintness
- Numbness or tingling sensation
- The feeling of unreality or detachment
One of the most distressing aspects of panic attacks is the ongoing terror that they will strike again. You may be so scared of having a panic attack that you avoid certain situations where it might occur.
Panic attacks come on suddenly and without warning. They can strike at any moment – while driving a car, at the mall, asleep, or during a business meeting. You may have isolated panic attacks or they might happen frequently. Panic attacks come in many forms, but their symptoms generally peak within minutes. After an anxiety episode has passed, you may be weary and exhausted.