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Understanding Panic Attacks

By Mark Thomas | Panic Disorders | Rating:

Panic attack can be a frightening experience, especially if you arenít sure about whatís really happening with your health. Experts reckon that understanding the reason behind the attack is a must to recover from the condition. Clear understanding of the symptoms is the best approach to deal with panic attacks. In most cases, affected individuals will showcase one or combination of the following symptoms Ė racing heartbeat, chest pain, breathlessness, stomach ache, trembling, dizziness, numbness, fear, loss of control and light headedness. The symptoms associated with panic attacks can be severe enough to make you believe that you are about to experience a heart attack.

More than often, panic attacks last for a couple of minutes. In rare instances, the attack will last for over half an hour. One will experience some of the above said symptoms during an attack. Some victims experience several panic attacks in a single day. Reports suggest that this condition is more prevalent amongst people in the age group of 15 to 25. As a matter of fact, most sufferers live with the dread of being affected by another attack in the near future. Unrelenting fear of subsequent attacks often results into panic disorder amongst the victims.

It has been observed that panic attacks usually occur when the anxiety levels are high. In other words, whenever we encounter a stressful situation such as appearing for an examination, driving fast to reach the office on time etc, we see an increase in our stress and anxiety levels, thereby dragging ourselves towards a panic attack. While some people are able to manage such situations effectively, there are others who fall prey to panic attack due to lack of control over the stressful situation. What really happens over here is that our subconscious mind tends to believe that the situation is very critical and can have a huge impact on oneís life. In a way, our mind gets negatively programmed during stressful events in life.

Besides this, there is no rational explanation for the cause of panic attack. The underlying cause of panic attack is yet to be figured out. Itís just the way we perceive things in our mind. More than often, an individual experiences panic attack out of nowhere. Sufferers usually end up aggravating the condition by breathing and reacting in a way that increases the symptoms. Fortunately, there are many means out there that can help one deal with panic attack. Resources such as self help books and tapes are widely available in the market that lays down the blueprint on how to combat panic attack.

Dealing with panic attack is not an easy task. Most of the medications and therapies available for the cure of panic attacks address the symptoms rather than fighting the root cause of the problem. Two-fold approach is required over here to deal with the situation. One needs to stop panic attack before it paves way into their life and also deal with the underlying cause of the attack rather than simply fighting the symptoms.





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  • Comment #1 (Posted by Julie F)
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    There is no supporting references here regarding studies. I read Small Man Syndrome first. This article could not have been written in a more shallow or broader way. Readers are more intelligent than this. Maybe it was written by a Doctor rather than a psychologist. So I would have given it 1.5 stars if I could.
     


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