| Panic Attacks
A panic attack is a
reaction to an alarm, a sudden rush of intense fear. The alarm does not need to be real in order to
have this response. The
physical symptoms of a panic attack are extremely uncomfortable, and
thus may be mistaken for a medical condition.
- Shortness of
- Feeling faint
- Racing or
- Numbness or
- Fear of losing
- Fears of going
detached, or things seem “unreal”
In a panic attack
these symptoms are not the result of a medical problem, but you may find yourself at the doctor's office
or emergency room to have the symptoms checked before the panic attack
diagnosis is determined.
of Panic Attacks
attacks are marked by a sudden onset of fear lasting one to ten
minutes. They may also cause a strong urge to escape and get to safety.
In the beginning,
attacks have no obvious cause. Over time, connections with specific
situations start to become apparent.
I strange for having these attacks?
It is estimated that
2%-6% of the population may suffer from panic attacks. You are not
Panic attacks can
appear as early as ten years of age. On average, people who reach out
for help with panic attacks tend to be in their mid-thirties. Moreover,
women have a higher incidence of reporting panic attacks than do men.
Causes Panic Disorder?
Most people can
relate the first panic attack to a stressful event. This can be a
positive or negative life event. Having a child, moving, getting
married or a death of someone close are all possible stresses.
aspects may make people more prone to such attacks. Often several
members of the same family will have panic attacks. You may be
susceptible due to some biological vulnerability in the family combined
with psychological factors.
about panic attacks can lead to more panic attacks!
Behavior therapy is
extremely helpful for treating panic disorder. Therapy is sometimes
combined with medication to produce
Behavior therapy can
teach you the following:
- How to get rid
of self-defeating thoughts
- A way to feel
- A new way of
- Tools to lesson
unhealthy responses with healthy living
Panic attacks are
very treatable. You can get relief. Don't hesitate to get the help you