Panic is basically a sudden feeling of fear and terror that is so strong that it may dysfunction the logical thinking ability of a person. People who are in a state of panic often experience overwhelming feelings of anxiety and frantic agitation consistent with an animalistic fight-or-flight reaction. A panic attack may be sudden and may last for a few seconds to hours. The signs and symptoms of a panic attack develop abruptly and usually reach their peak within 10 minutes. Most panic attacks end within 20 to 30 minutes.
HOW IS PANIC DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis includes a complete physical examination,blood tests to check thyroid, ECG of heart and psychological evaluation to talk about symptoms, stressful situations, fears or concerns, relationship problems, and other issues affecting one's life
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.