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Panic Attacks

What is Panic attacks?

Panic disorder is classified as an anxiety disorder. The DSM-5 describes a panic attack as “an abrupt surge of intense fear or intense discomfort that reaches a peak within minutes.” These attacks are recurrent and unanticipated by the patient.Panic attacks are those associated with a specific fear, like that of flying. According to DSM-5, a panic attack is characterized by four or more of the following symptoms (the presence of fewer than four symptoms may be considered a limited-symptom panic attack):

  • Palpitations,
  • pounding heart, or accelerated heart rate
  • Sweating
  • Trembling or shaking
  • Sensations of shortness of breath or smothering
  • A feeling of choking
  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Nausea or abdominal distress
  • Feeling dizzy, unsteady, lightheaded, or faint
  • Feelings of unreality (derealization) or being detached from oneself (depersonalization)
  • Fear of losing control or going crazy
  • Fear of dying
  • Numbness or tingling sensations (paresthesias)
  • Chills or hot flushes

A panic attack is a sudden onset of fear or distress that peaks in minutes. There are some symptoms of anxiety that can happen in conditions other than anxiety disorders. The symptoms of panic attacks are similar to those of heart disease, thyroid problems, breathing disorders, and other illnesses.As a result, people with panic disorder may make frequent trips to emergency rooms or doctor’s offices. They may believe they are experiencing life-threatening health conditions other than anxiety.

Healthy Lifestyle habits:

  • Get plenty exercise
  • Sleep well
  • Eat Right
  • Avoid alcohol and Stimulants like Nicotine
  • Try relaxation and stress management techniques