Panic Disorder Part I

Thu, Jun 11, 2009

Panic Part I

Panic disorder is a serious illness, which is common to one out of every 75 people. That is about 4,000,000 people in North America only! The exact causes of panic disorder are still unknown. It usually originates during the teens or early adulthood. It is not really connected with any major life events, which could be potentially stressful, such as: graduating from college, joining work force, getting married, having a baby, buying a house, switching jobs, and so on. Some study shows some evidence in terms of genetic tendency. As an example, if someone in the family was suffering from panic disorder, your risk of acquiring panic disorder by yourself is high, particularly when something stressful happens during your life.
Here is what we know about panic attack: it is a sudden surge of irresistible fear that comes without warning and without any apparent reason. It is far more powerful sensation than the mostly common feeling of being ‘stressed out’. There are several symptoms of a panic attack, which usually consists the following:

  • Breathing difficulties, feeling as ‘I can’t get enough air’
  • Tingling in fingers or toes, similar to ‘
  • Heartbeat racing
  • Abrupt chills or swift flashes
  • Lightheadedness, nausea, or dizziness
  • Sweating, trembling, or unexpected shaking
  • Almost paralyzing fear of something that switch to the feeling of terror
  • Fear of getting crazy or even going to die
  • Developing chest pain, and/or choking,

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General Observation of Panic Attack
By itself, a panic attack is not dangerous, however, it can be quite terrifying, mainly due to the feeling of ‘getting nuts’ and ‘out of control.’ Panic disorder is very much frightening experience, because it is directly linked to panic attacks, which are usually associated with panic disorder. Also, panic disorder often leads to other possible complications, such as: depression, phobias, substance abuse, medical complications, and even suicide. The effects of panic disorder can vary from a simple verbal expression, like word, or social imbalance, to a entire inability to confront or tolerate the outside world. Interestingly enough, variety of phobias developed by people with panic disorder, in fact, do not come from fears of any objects or from any particular event, but rather from the fear of starting another attack. It becomes habitual for those people to avoid certain situations, certain people, or specific objects because they have an experience developing fear that those things might trigger another panic attack they want to keep away from.
What happens during panic attack?
What is strange that during a panic attack, those symptoms, which have been described above, seem to appear from nowhere. In fact, they occur in apparently harmless situations. Also, they can even happen while you are asleep and/or while you experiencing . Any shortness of breath or just a nightmare can be possible triggers for initiating a panic attack.
How to recognize Panic Disorder?

You need to remember that only a medical practitioner in the position to properly diagnose a panic disorder. Study shows that it is not a surprise when people go to see 10 or more medical doctors before being properly diagnosed. In addition, only one out of four people with panic disorder receive the treatment they are looking for. That is why very important to know what panic disorder symptoms are. That is how you could be sure occasional panic attacksof getting the right help. There is no any reason to worry if you experience occasional panic attacks, if you have even if you have one or two such attacks. 

The main symptom of panic disorder is the continuous fear

of having panic attacks in the future

There is the key to the panic disorder: if you experienced several panic attacks, and if you those attacks combined with a persistent fear of having another attack, then these conditions are the signals that you should consider immediate visit to a mental health professional who specializes in panic or anxiety disorders. In addition to the above listed symptoms, a panic attack is generally manifested by the following conditions:

  • It happens abruptly, with no warnings of any sort
  • When it happens, there is no way to stop it
  • Intense of fear is out of any reasonable proportion to the actual situation
  • As a rule the actual panic attack is completely unrelated to the situation or surrounding conditions
  • It diminishes in minutes, however, the body is not capable to sustain that attack for longer period
  • Unfortunately, repeated panic attacks may reoccur for within a few hours
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