Recognizing a Panic Attack

Recognizing a Panic Attack

Having a panic attack is when you feel like you are about the have a heart attack. It can be a true annoyance on your life, especially being in a public place where you feel helpless. It is important to recognize the triggers that lead to a panic attack and to know that it will pass.

A panic attack is a sudden rush of intense dread or distress. You can experience dizziness, sweating, racing heart, chest pain, disorientation, labored breathing, shaking, and numbness. You experience typical, racing thoughts that last five to ten minutes that include the fear of going crazy, doing something uncontrollable, or scared of dying. The truth is that those suffering a panic attack are not dying or having a nervous breakdown. What is actually happening is your blood is filled with adrenaline which makes it respond as if there is a threat present, protecting your body and helping you escape. Your mind may know that there is no threat but your body ignores this. Part of you wants to run but the other part wants to stay where you are.

There may not be a direct trigger to a panic attack. It can either be by chemical and hormonal imbalances, lack of sleep, drugs, alcohol, and caffeine. This can be stress that has occurred over the past six to eight months. It can also occur from a task or a challenge that you think is too big for you and that you do not have enough skills to solve. Normally during your first panic attack, you end up going to the emergency room and referred to a primary care doctor.

The best way to relieve your panic attacks is by getting enough sleep and exercise. While Klonopin and Xanax are good on occasion in the same situations, like flying on an airplane, you should not be taking them frequently. If you feel the need to take them frequently, it is possible that you have a panic disorder which, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, affects six million Americans. The more you are worried about a panic attack, your anxiety will increase. It is best to stay away from people, situations, and places that can trigger a panic attack. By getting therapy to know where you panic attacks trigger from and by knowing your panic will pass, you will be in great health going forward.

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