Panic Attacks, Panic
Panic attacks are the same as anxiety attacks.
A panic attack is an intense episode of fear
and foreboding. It is usually accompanied by a pressing urge
to “get out,” “get
away,” or escape to safety.
Panic attacks can also be accompanied by, but not necessarily,
temporary distress and one or all of the following strong physical
symptoms such as trembling, shortness of breath, heart palpitations,
chest pain or discomfort (or tightness), sweating, nausea, dizziness
or lightheadedness, rapid breathing (hyperventilation), paresthesias
(pins and needles or tingling sensations), tight throat, smothering
or feeling like in a dream-state or de-realization.
Panic attack disorder (also commonly referred
to as anxiety attack disorder) affects 3% of the world’s
adult population (ages 18 to 54).
While everyone experiences brief anxiety caused by a stressful
or fearful event or circumstance, panic attack disorder is recurring,
persistent, can get worse over time, and often restricts the
Panic Attack Disorder can affect individuals physically, psychologically,
emotionally, and spiritually. It often starts with one unexplained
attack that leads to persistent fear associated with why it occurred,
what it could mean, where it can lead, and loss of control.
Fortunately, panic attack disorder doesn't have to be a life-long
condition. It can be fully resolved, and anyone can do it with
the right information, help, and support.
The worst thing you can do is nothing! Panic attack disorder
almost never goes away by itself. And the longer nothing is done,
the more entrenched it often becomes.
If you are experiencing panic attack disorder, you can regain
control of your health...naturally and permanently. You can live
a normal life again...and medication free!
Don't suffer needlessly.
The information in the Members area of this web site is based
over 33 years of personal experience, and the latest research
and thinking on anxiety, anxiety disorders (including panic attacks),
and stress disorders. If you'd like to get better, discover what
you can do today to regain your normal health.
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PANIC ATTACK DISORDER:
There are several categories associated with anxiety disorder,
each having their own specific causes and characteristics.
While some of the symptoms associated with each category may
be unique, the majority of symptoms are common to all types.
The National Institute of Mental Health describes Panic Attack
Panic disorder is described as a sudden attack of terror,
intense fear, or feelings of impending doom that strike without
warning and for no apparent reason. This can be immediately
followed by a number of symptoms including pounding heart,
rapid heart rate, nausea, hot or cold flashes, chest pain,
hands and feet may feel numb, you may be lightheaded or woozy,
irrational thoughts, fear of losing control and a number of
other symptoms. The peak of an attack can range anywhere between
a few moments to 30 minutes or more, but the symptoms and after
effects of an attack can last much longer.
While many people have at least one panic attack in the
course of their lifetime, panic disorder affects approximately
3% of the population. Panic disorder often begins in adolescence
or early adulthood, and as is reportedly more likely to develop
in women than in men. However, the statistics may be misleading
because men are more reluctant to seek professional help.
If diagnosed early,
panic disorder can be treated successfully. But if left untreated,
it can develop into a more complex and lengthy condition.
treatments, however, the success rate is very high.
Anxietycentre.com provides an excellent treatment approach to
panic attack disorder, as well as all anxiety disorders. The
Recovery Support area of anxietycentre.com contains a wealth of information
about, and how to permanently beat, panic disorder.
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For those that prefer a more personalized approach to recovery,
anxietycentre.com Personal Coaches/Counselors/Therapists are
well equipped and professionally trained to help you conquer
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For more information about the many symptoms of anxiety, including
panic attack symptoms.
Panic disorder often co-exists with other disorders such as
depression and GAD.
Authors: Jim Folk, Marilyn Folk, BScN. Last updated November 2014.