A panic attack can be described as a sudden episode of intense fear that triggers severe physical reactions when there is no real danger or apparent cause. These episodes can occur at any time, even during sleep. They are generally brief, lasting less than 10 minutes, but some of the symptoms may persist for a longer time.
A panic attack may be a one-time occurrence, but many people experience repeat episodes. Recurrent panic attacks can be triggered by a specific situation, such as crossing a bridge or speaking in public—especially if that situation has caused a panic attack before, but can also occur completely at random.
Usually, the panic-inducing situation is one in which you feel endangered and unable to escape. If this is a situation you find yourself in, it may be advisable to seek out a services, who can offer you support and help you to overcome your panic attacks.
Some of the symptoms of panic attacks include racing heart, feeling weak, faint or dizzy, tingling or numbness in the hands and fingers, a sense of terror, or impending doom or death, feeling sweaty or having chills, chest pains, breathing difficulties and feeling a loss of control. Many people who have had panic attacks will say that before realizing it was a panic attack, they thought they were having a heart-attack.
Furthermore, people who suffer from panic disorders are likely to develop other, or more severe psychological issues, which according to Dr Mark Smyth, is due to an absence of primary care to help intervene.
There is currently no specific genetic cause of panic attacks, and are generally the result of stress, anxiety, phobias, and emotional worries.
One of the most popular treatments for panic attacks is therapy. CBT, exposure therapy and hypnotherapy are some examples of treatments for panic attacks.
Lifestyle changes such as cutting back on caffeine, exercising, and deep breathing exercises may also help. Therapists have also suggested that you can overcome panic attacks by training yourself to respond to panic in accepting and calm ways including learning to control your breathing, practice relaxation techniques, connecting face-to-face with family and friends, regular exercise, and enough restful sleep.
"I had an anxiety attack but i was confused with whats happening to me. My legs and hands were cold and i was scared for no apparent reason. I thought i was going crazy. The physical symptoms disappeared in few days but i still get thoughts that i might get crazy. It has become a phobia now. Im scared that it might happen again."
- Hishtro (3rd of September 2019, 06:36:03 AM)
- Therapy (14th of December 2018, 10:48:02 PM)
- Cathy24 (28th of December 2018, 08:25:02 PM)
"I have always seem to struggle with anxiety and stress. I work in a HR dept and I always want to try and get in the click with the girls but struggle. I always want to buy clothes to keep up the trend and look good. I always work proactive and do my job really well but feel people say good things about me cos they know I’d do the job. Feel used and sometimes I have to check about 5 times before I send anything to make sure and then i check a further 7 times to make sure after. I have a learning disability and am deaf but may also have some sort of autism. Afraid to have the test by my GP just in case it’s true"
- Bamber (3rd of February 2019, 05:58:33 PM)
"I've been living with anxiety for 12 years, I'm a hyper condriac and I want my life back"
- Cathy87 (24th of February 2019, 03:09:51 AM)
"ive been dealing with panic attacks only since feb this year they are horrible and i cant control them the fear the dread the sick feeling the heart racing shaking ect i just want to be normal again"
- rubysmum (6th of April 2019, 01:04:22 PM)
"I constantly have anxiety and it's really not a nice feeling. The panic attacks are worse. I don't know what to do anymore. My partner has managed to turn my whole family against me and he is turned into the devil's spawn. I don't ever hurt anyone all I try to do is help but I never intrude in anyone's personnel business"
- Breedee (27th of April 2019, 04:45:52 AM)
"I have dealt with anxiety and depression for nearly 20 years. I take meds for it but it doesn't seem to help anymore, the older I get the worse it gets, im scared I will eventually become a shut in because leaving the house is becoming harder by the day, just something as simple as getting groceries has become to be to much, I would rather not eat that day then go out and get groceries, there has been days that i have just lived off a tablespoon of peanut butter, I dont know where to turn to anymore"
- amomentoffreedom (18th of September 2019, 01:59:30 AM)
"I just had a panic attack. Felt sick, was trembling and felt very weak. It's awful and sometimes cannot see past, triggered by the fact that I'm on new meds and am getting angry over small things as well as issues from the past."
- Maryelen (29th of May 2019, 05:54:04 PM)
- OB7575 (1st of July 2019, 06:30:38 PM)
"Nothing worst than having panic attacks, one day you feel good and suddenly your life change, just by being in a small trip in a bus or even when boarding a flight your hands are cold, you are short of breath, sweading even if it's winter. Taking the lift in a building stop to being something fun and has became one of the most terrific experiences. Fear of every thing... The only place you feel safe is home. Panic attacks and anxiety are the worst thing ever."
- Leftyman (7th of July 2019, 03:32:24 PM)
"I have had various panic attacks that I find difficult to control. Before I never knew all of the symptoms but now I have read this, knowing I am not alone makes me feel so much better about them."
- Alyssa123 (29th of July 2019, 03:42:59 PM)
"I want my life back I have to much anxiety"
- acruz5077 (20th of September 2019, 02:38:41 AM)
"You’re not alone. I read all these comments and I’m crying because I wouldn’t wish these feelings on my worst enemy. I’m sorry you’re battling anxiety to live a normal life."
- Severeawareness15 (20th of September 2019, 10:07:45 PM)
"I seem to have started having panic attaches after I fell and fractured my wrist. And I had no confidence at all. But to day my heart started racing fast and my legs and hands went all weak. And I couldn't breathe very well. Can you tell me if it was another panic attack."
- Trac64 (2nd of October 2019, 08:21:50 PM)
"I wish i cud look forward to normal things like eg my nephews christening is a few weeks im all ready feeling my heart beating i cant face ppl. i dont no who to talk to its horrible"