Panic attack: what are the symptoms of it ?

A panic attack is a sudden episodes of intense fear that triggers several physical reactions when there is no real danger or cause. Panic attacks can be very frightening. When panic attacks occur, people might think that they are losing control, having a chest pain or even dying.

People with panic disorders may be extremely anxious and fearful,since they are unable to protect when the next episode will occur.Women are twice as likely as men to develop the condition and it’s symptoms usually begin in early childhood.

It is not clear the cause of panic attacks.people who suffer from panic disorders are more likely than others to suffer from depression, attempt suicide or to abuse alcohol or drugs.

The fear that a person experiences during a panic attack are not be related to what is happening around them.

The chest pain of panic attack usually stay in mid – chest area ,may have rapid breathing, increased heart rate and fear. Panic attack come and disappear suddenly,but leave exhausted.

If a person has four or more than these symptoms,may be suffering from a panic attack.

1) sudden high anxiety with or without a cause

2) an increased heart beat

3) feeling dizzy or weak

4) a feeling of choking

5) nausea

6) feeling sweating

7) chest pain or discomfort

8) breathing difficulties

9) shaking

10) feeling a loss of control

11) tingling and numbness in hands and fingers

Panic attacks are generally short or lasting less than 10 minutes, although some of the symptoms may last longer.

People who have had panic attack are at greater risk for another compared to those who have never had one.

In most cases, the trigger for panic attacks are related to physical, mental and emotional exhaustion.

Physical exhaustion can be the result of overwork or not getting enough rest. It may also be the result of bad eating habits.

Mental exhaustion can be result of excessive worrying and stress. If a person constantly feel mentally drained and are finding it difficult to cope with emotions and may be at risk for having a panic attack.

Emotional exhaustion is conflict with loved ones and relationship problems can be triggers for panic attack.

In a sensitive States, small things can cause excessive anxiety and make vulnerable to a full- blown panic attack.

Panic disorder is a treatable condition. Psychotherapy and medications have both been used , either single or in combination.

Dr S. K.jha