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Panic attacks, or anxiety attacks, are among the most disruptive anxiety-related experiences. Whether you have a diagnosed panic disorder or you suffer from panic attacks only occasionally, it’s important that you know what to do when a panic attack hits.
The moment you have a panic attack, you’ll know how it feels. Your heart rate increases, you might experience chest pains or shakiness, and you feel like you’re losing control. This can be frightening, but knowing what causes panic attacks and how to address them can help to prevent future complications.
What Is a Panic Attack?
Panic attacks are sudden episodes of intense fear that may occur without warning. They can happen anywhere, anytime, and trigger unpleasant physical symptoms when there is no legitimate danger. Panic attacks usually peak within 10 minutes, but episodes can last from 15-30 minutes. You might have a panic attack only once, but most often people experience recurring episodes.
During a panic attack, you may experience any of these symptoms:
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Panic attacks are periods of intense fear, usually triggered by stress or phobia. Apt to coming on suddenly and lingering, from minutes in most sufferers, to hours in others, panic attacks usually peak within ten minutes. The duration of the attacks vary from person to person, and by circumstance.
Years ago, the medical community did not fully understand panic attacks. They were generally not accepted as a condition that necessitated treatment. But awareness of anxiety issues has grown in recent years, and panic attacks are widely accepted as a legitimate medical condition. [Read more…]