Understanding Panic Attacks

People who suffer extreme emotions of depression, fear or dread and anxiety are very much prone to develop panic attacks. This is characterized by a sudden rush of panic or fear usually accompanied by feelings of dizziness, shortness of breath, excessive sweating, shaking and palpitation. The cause of these attacks may vary and these attacks may even be an underlying association to other kinds of diseases.

Most people who experience this tend to sulk more and be fearful of having the attacks worse and again. However, if a person is knowledgable enough and is willing to acknowledge the situation and ultimately take control, then there is nothing to fear or worry about.

The fist step in understanding panic attacks is to try and detect if a certain occurrence could be a symptom of panic attack. Whether it is you or other people who might be experiencing such attacks, try to look out for the following symptoms:

1. Palpitations or increased heartrate due to increased blood pressure
2. Sweating
3. Trembling or shaking of muscles
4. Shortness of breath or heavyness in breathing (as a result of palpitation)
5. Choking feeling or suffocating feeling (lack of oxygen circulating in the body)
6. Chest pain
7. Nausea and vomiting
8. Derealization or depersonalization
9. Dizziness
10. Numbness
11. Chills
12. Extreme feeling of Dread

Once you notice the symptoms happening within a matter of minutes, then it means that you or another person may be suffering from a panic attack.

When you detect an attack, the best thing to do is to take control of the situation and not be scared of it as increased fear may only worsen the condition. The essential things to do are the following:

  • Keep Calm – help the person calm down to make the heartrate, breathing, and brain function go normal.
  • Seek professional help – consult a doctor to confirm condition and to know what medication is best.
  • Therapy – for a long term effect, try engaging on hypnotherapy or guided imagery and psychotherapy to encourage positive thoughts and behavior.