What Are Symptoms Of Panic Attacks ?
"All of a sudden, I felt a tremendous wave of fear for no reason at all. My heart was pounding, my chest hurt, and it was getting harder to breathe. I thought I was going to die."
What are panic attacks? Panic attacks may be symptoms of an anxiety disorder. These attacks are a serious health problem in the U.S. At least 1.7% of adult Americans, or about 3 million people, will have panic attacks at some time in their lives, with the peak age at which people have their first panic attack (onset) being 15 to 19 years. Another fact about panic is that this symptom is strikingly different from other types of anxiety; panic attacks are so very sudden and often unexpected, appear to be unprovoked, and are often disabling. What are the symptoms of a panic attack? As described above, the symptoms of a panic attack appear suddenly, without any apparent cause. They may include • racing or pounding heartbeat (palpitations); • chest pains; • stomach upset; • dizziness, lightheadedness, nausea; • difficulty breathing, a sense of feeling smothered; • tingling or numbness in the hands; • hot flashes or chills; • dreamlike sensations or perceptual distortions; • terror: a sense that something unimaginably horrible is about to occur and one is powerless to prevent it; • a need to escape; • fear of losing control and doing something embarrassing; and • fear of dying.
What is the treatment for panic attacks? Thanks to research, there are a variety of treatments available for controlling panic attacks, including several effective medications, and specific forms of psychotherapy. In terms of medications, specific members of the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) and the benzodiazepine families of medications are approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat panic disorder. Panic Attack Success Stories: Mary Joe - Atlanta I have had panic disorder for 16 years. I have found that I cause my panic attacks by the way I am thinking (negatively). It took a long time to come to this conclusion. I was prescribed Xanax initially, along with therapy. The therapy has been the most helpful (talking, journaling, etc.). When I feel overwhelmed, the anti-anxiety meds help. I watch what I think and what I say. I have taken words like "worst," "horrible," etc., out of my vocabulary so that I can talk myself down. For example, "This may not feel very good, but it will go away." My panic attacks now last a few seconds at most. I grew up in an abusive home and discovered that the little girl in me needs to be loved and accepted. I try to make time for me every day: taking a bath, journaling, walking, working out, etc. These things help immensely with my self-esteem For more success stories like this and find out panic attack natural treatment Click Here