A sudden surge of overwhelming feelings like fear and worry can sometimes catch even the most normal human being. Yet, when these emotions flood the brain and halt all normal everyday proceedings, the condition may be known as a panic attack. In such cases, the patient is said to suffer from panic.
HOW IS PANIC DIAGNOSED?
The health care provider will ask for details of symptoms and ask questions to diagnose the situation. People with panic disorder may have:
• Sudden and repeated attacks of fear
• A feeling of being out of control during a panic attack
• An intense worry about when the next attack will happen
• A fear or avoidance of places where panic attacks have occurred in the past
• Physical symptoms during an attack, such as a pounding or racing heart, sweating, breathing problems, weakness or dizziness, feeling hot or a cold chill, tingly or numb hands, chest pain, or stomach pain.
HOW IS PANIC TREATED?
Psychotherapy is considered an effective first choice treatment for panic attacks and panic disorder.
DID YOU KNOW?
Panic attacks and disorder can affect all area of one's life, if it is left untreated. One lives in a constant state of fear, ruining quality of life.