Panic is a sudden sensation of fear, which is so strong as to dominate or prevent reason and logical thinking, replacing it with overwhelming feelings of anxiety and frantic agitation consistent with an animalistic fight-or-flight reaction. Panic may occur singularly in individuals or manifest suddenly in large groups as mass panic. A panic attack may be a one-time occurrence, but many people experience repeat episodes. Panic attacks may occur as part of another disorder, such as panic disorder, social phobia, or depression.
HOW IS PANIC DIAGNOSED?
A psychiatry expert will diagnose the condition based on clinical evaluation and checking the medical history of the patient.
HOW IS PANIC TREATED?
Panic disorder is generally treated with psychotherapy, medication, or both.
• Psychotherapy. A type of psychotherapy called cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is especially useful for treating panic disorder. Your doctor should do an exam to make sure that an unrelated physical problem isn't causing the symptoms.
• Medication. Doctors also may prescribe medication to help treat panic disorder. The most commonly prescribed medications for panic disorder are anti-anxiety medications and antidepressants.
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.