Panic Attacks, Panic Disorder
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 individual's lifestyle.
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.
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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 Disorder as:
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. With today’s 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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Panic disorder often co-exists with other disorders such as depression and GAD.
Authors: Jim Folk, Marilyn Folk, BScN. Last updated April 2015.