Panic Disorder / Panic Attack
Panic disorder affects about 1 out of 75 people. A panic attack is when a person experiences overwhelming anxiety and fear that far exceeds feeling “stressed out” that is common among most people. Panic attacks often feel as though they are coming out of nowhere and the symptoms do not match the situation.
A panic attack is characterized by experiencing a combination of symptoms including:
- Racing heartbeat
- Difficulty breathing or feeling as though you can’t catch your breath
- Terror that is almost paralyzing
- Dizziness or lightheaded
- Trembling, sweating or shaking
- Choking sensation
- Chest pains
- Hot flashes or sudden chills
- Tingling sensation
- Fear that you are going crazy or are going to die
Panic disorder is a treatable one and therapy is one of the most effective treatments for this disorder. Some people with panic disorder also benefit from medication management.
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