Symptoms Of Panic Attack: Intense Fear & Anxiety

If you have never experienced a panic attack, you probably know someone that has, because more than 6.8 million individuals suffer from this mental disorder (ADA). There are many causes of this disorder and the National Institute of Mental Health is continuously requesting volunteers to participate in clinical research programs, which can help to broaden the knowledge about the disorder.

 

Causes

 

Many experts feel that panic disorders are hereditary, which may explain the causes of many of the cases, but sudden stressors and environmental factors may also be the root of the problem. Although it is not uncommon for someone to experience a rare panic attack, this will not earn them the diagnosis of a panic disorder. Abnormalities of the Central Nervous System have also been blamed as the cause of the attacks. Panic attacks normally occur, when unexpected and may last up to ten minutes or longer. These are reoccurring and a panic attack cannot be predicted, which makes one feel hopeless and fearful, at all times.

 

Fight-To-Flight

 

The fight-to-flight response is activated, when a panic disorder victim becomes startled, feels duress, become extremely nervous, without reason. The fight-to-flight response starts in the amygdala, then the hypothalamus and pituitary gland are soon activated and becomes involved in the response by producing ATCH. The adrenal gland is activated, at this point and releases epinephrine, which is a neurotransmitter. The victim will begin to exhibit the signs and symptoms of a panic attack, at this time.

 

Signs & Symptoms

 

The signs and symptoms of panic attacks range from mild to debilitating. An individual will eventually give up on trying to live a normal life and may become isolated, because they do not want to experience an attack, when others are around. They will eventually fear the fact that another attack can occur, at any time, without warning. This can potentially lead up to one having suicidal ideations, until it reaches the point of no return.

– Increased Pulse Rate

– Dyspnea (Shortness Of Breath)

– Diaphoresis (Extreme Sweating)

– Angina (Chest Pain)

– Abnormal Sensations Of Tingling & Numbness In Fingers

– Shivering & Hot Flashes

 

Medications

 

Someone that suffers from panic disorder will need to get a full mental and physical evaluation, before they can be treated properly and appropriately. It is vital to seek some form of psychological counseling, with a good medication regimen. Anti-anxieties and anti-depressants are necessary to control the attacks and alleviate the signs and symptoms of the disorder. Never allow panic attacks to control your life, seek therapy and treatment and get your life back under control.