What is a panic attack?

This post is literally to explain what a panic attack is. This post is another in the series.

A panic attack is an experience of sudden and intense anxiety. Panic attacks can have physical symptoms, including shaking, feeling confused or disoriented, rapid heartbeats, dry mouth, sweating, dizziness and chest pain. Other symptoms from my experience can include choking like your throat is closing up.

The symptoms of a panic attack normally peak within 10 minutes. Most episodes (attacks) will last for between five minutes and half an hour.

Phobia sufferers will try to avoid whatever is causing their fear, but in some cases this can seriously restrict their movements and actions. It’s important not to let your fear of panic attacks control you, you need to control it.Panic attacks always pass and the symptoms are not a sign of anything harmful happening. It’s important not to restrict your movements and daily activities.

During an attack you experience a whole range of frightening symptoms, and worrying thoughts may go through your mind. Many people have a sense of impending disaster, and think they’re going to faint, lose control or even die.

You may hear the words panic disorder that is exactly the same as a panic attack except that you get them quite often. Some people will get the occasional panic attack and they are completely normal and nothing will happen in the end.

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