July 23, 2016
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Panic Attacks (Panic Disorder)

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"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."

"I'm so afraid. Every time I start to go out, I get that awful feeling in the pit of my stomach, and I'm terrified that another panic attack is coming or that some other, unknown terrible thing was going to happen."

Panic attack facts

  • Symptoms of panic attacks usually begin abruptly and include
    • rapid heartbeat,
    • unpleasant chest sensations,
    • shortness of breath,
    • dizziness,
    • stomach upset,
    • tingling, and
    • severe anxiousness.
  • While panic disorder can certainly be serious, it is not immediately physically threatening.
  • A variety of treatments are available, including several effective medications, and specific forms of psychotherapy.
  • People who have panic attacks can use a number of lifestyle changes like aerobic exercise, avoiding triggers like alcohol, caffeine, and illicit drugs, as well as stress-management techniques to help decrease anxiety.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/24/2016

Source: MedicineNet.com
http://www.medicinenet.com/panic_disorder/article.htm

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