Panic attacks are unpredictable terror feeling, which happen without any warning. It can happen anytime. The panic attack will cause you an experience, which you may believe you are having a heart attack. The feeling of panic attack does not proportion to any true situation and sometimes it may be unrelated to what happen to you. There are around 60 million (20%) people in the U.S will suffer from panic attack at some time in their life.
Panic Attack Symptoms
Here are some frequent panic attack symptoms:
- Feeling weak, faint, or dizzy
- “Racing” heart
- Chest pains
- Feeling sweaty or having chills
- Tingling or numbness in your hands and fingers
- Sensation of choking or smothering.
- Difficulty breathing
- Intense feeling of dread
These symptoms usually last around 10 minutes or less. However, there are some rare cases when the panic attack symptoms last for a long time. People who experienced panic attack usually have a higher risk of having a panic disorder. People who are having panic disorder usually are extremely anxious and fearful because they are unable to tell when the next panic attack will come.
There is no clearly what cause panic disorder but it mostly happen to people who experience a major life changes such as getting fired, divorced, having a baby, lost in business… Sometimes it may be genetic. If you are suffered from panic disorder you may attempt suicide or becoming alcoholic or drug addicted.
However, you should not mistake panic disorder with normal fear or anxiety feeling that you get from stressful events in your live. Panic disorder is more serious and can happen without any warning. Some regular symptoms can be happened physically such as sweating and heart racing. Panic disorder may not be threatening but somehow can affect your daily life.
It is not impossible to cure panic disorder. There are Psychotherapy and medications for people who are suffering from panic disorders. Most of prescribe you get from your doctor are anti-anxiety medications, antidepressant… to help you control your panic attack thus getting out of panic disorders. Now, let us take a closer look into how to treat panic disorder.
How Is Panic Disorder Treated
You can rest assure if you are having panic disorder because it can be treated. After the right treatment, panic disorder patients will have wonderful and better life. However, if you are having panic disorder but you do not want to seek for treatment, the result can be devastating. Panic disorder can totally ruin your life severely. Untreated patients will develop bigger symptoms such as avoidance, anticipatory anxiety, agoraphobia, claustrophobia…
Since panic disorder is a mentally symptoms, therefore the best treatment for it would involve therapy treatment, such as psychotherapy or cognitive behavioral therapy. There are also medication for panic disorder such as Paxil and Zoloft (anti-depressant) and Xanax, Ativan or Klonopin (anti-anxiety medications). There are some rare cases when people use heart medication for treatment as well to help the patients with the anxiety. However, the cheapest and most basic treatment for panic disorder is relaxation techniques such as breathing retaining or meditation. Further information is that panic disorder may come back after treatment has stopped, and in this case, you may still need help control and reduce panic attack with additional treatment.
As mentioned above, panic disorder can happened without any warning, it is impossible to prevent it. However, there are something like reducing stress and decrease symptoms like stop using caffeine products, exercise, and eat a healthy and balanced diet.