Panic Attack Symptoms
What is Panic Attack ?
Panic attacks are a kind of fear response. It is an exaggerated response of your body’s normal response to danger, stress or excitement. Symptoms and symptoms of panic attacks develop suddenly and usually reach peak within 10 minutes. It rarely lasts more than an hour, most ends up in 20-30 minutes. Panic attacks can be at any time and place. While shopping at the store, walking down the street, driving, or even sitting on the couch at home, you can have a panic attack.
A panic attack loses the feeling that you’re dying, but often attacks are harmless. In some cases, however, you may need medical help to exclude an underlying physical cause.
Panic Attack Symptoms
A panic attack is the beginning of an intense fear or discomfort that reaches its peak within a few minutes and includes at least four of the following symptoms:
- Pulse or accelerating pulse
- Shortness of breath or suffocation
- Chest pain
- Nausea or abdominal pain
- A feeling of dizziness and swoon
- Fire flush
Some people experience what are called limited panic attacks that are similar to complete panic attacks but less than four symptoms.
Panic Attack Types
Panic attacks do not differ in severity and duration, but may also differ according to what triggers the attack. There are two types of panic attacks:
Expected panic attacks: These panic attacks are expected when exposure to specific markers or panic triggers. For example; A person who is afraid of closed areas (claustrophobia) can expect to have a panic attack in an elevator or other congested areas. A person with a fear of flying (aerophobia) may have a panic attack while on board or during a flight.
Unexpected panic attacks: These panic attacks occur suddenly without obvious cause or symptom. Such panic attacks are not accompanied by conscious internal signs of intense fear and anxiety or disturbing physical sensations. Unexpected attacks do not emerge with external cues such as special phobias created by exposure to a frightening event or situation.
Panic Attack Therapy
Although there is no treatment for panic disorder, there are several treatment options to help people control their symptoms. The most common options include prescription medication and / or psychotherapy. Most people with panic disorder will choose these options together with self-help techniques.
Panic disorder drugs such as antidepressants and benzodiazepines can help reduce the intensity of panic attacks and other anxiety-related symptoms. Psychotherapy can help you deal with difficult emotions and develop healthy coping techniques.
The sooner the diagnosis is made and the treatment begins, the more you can manage to cope with the symptoms, the easier and more trouble-free with your panic disorder.