A panic attack is an unexpected event. Therefore, it is not associated with any external threat. When it hits you may experience a racing heartbeat, shortness of breath, dizziness, trembling and muscle tension. Therefore, a brief episode of intense anxiety causes the physical sensations of fear may lead to a panic attack. It certainly lasts for a few minutes to half an hour. It often leads to panic disorder.
About 35% of the population experience a panic attack. As a result, it also turn out to be severely disabling if it remains untreated and it occurs frequently for a long time.
Panic disorder may be developed after frequent panic attacks.
— Dr. Bhoomika Sachacher (@DSachacher) August 21, 2018
Therefore, panic disorder is a type of anxiety disorder in which a person experiences after recurring panic attacks. They usually go through unexpected panic attacks and also fear of repeated attacks.
A panic attack typically includes some of these symptoms:
- A sense of impending doom or danger
- Fear of loss of control or death
- Heart rate rapidly pounding
- Trembling or shaking
- Shortness of breath or tightness in your throat
- Dizziness, lightheadedness or faintness
- Numbness or tingling sensation
- The feeling of unreality or detachment
- And many more signs like sweating, chills, nausea, headache, chest pain, abdominal cramping.
Panic attacks or panic disorder is not known at all. There are a couple of factors that may cause a panic attack.
Stressful life events:
Graduating from college, Having a first child, getting married and getting divorced are major life changes that can induce feelings of intense worry and apprehension.
Notably, a family history of mood disorders, anxiety and higher disorder can result in higher risk.
- Smoking or excessive caffeine intake
- Depression, anxiety disorders and other psychiatric disorders
- Frequent medical care for health concerns and other medical conditions
- Major incidents of life such as divorce.
- Major life stress, such as the death or serious illness of a loved one
- A traumatic event like sexual assault or a serious accident
- Likewise, the history of childhood physical or sexual abuse.
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- In order to prevent panic attacks, you must do breathing exercises and provide relief.
- Regular exercises help to manage stress levels and release tension and consequently improve your mood and boost confidence.
- In order to stabilize your blood sugar levels, you need to eat regular meals.
- Panic attacks may worsen due to caffeine, alcohol and smoking. So, Avoid it.
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) a psychological therapy can identify and change the negative thought patterns that are feeding your panic attacks and helps to cure panic disorder.