Panic attacks are truly terrifying.
Those who suffer with panic attacks can become paralysed with fear; an overwhelming set of physical and emotional symptoms are triggered which can leave the individual struggling to breathe or feeling that they are having a heart attack.
A panic attack is an overwhelming and acute sense of anxiety. They don’t always happen as a result of something happening around you – sometimes a panic attack will happen for, seemingly, no reason. You can be sitting in a meeting, washing up or watching TV and all of a sudden be overwhelmed with a strong sense of panic.
During a panic attack, carrying on with normal tasks, such as driving or having a conversation are almost impossible.
Panic disorder is when these attacks happen more often and you find you are worrying about having another panic attack or it stops you from doing certain things.
There are both physical and emotional symptoms of a panic attack, which include:
Panic attacks can start suddenly, often with no warning they are coming or without an obvious external factor triggering the attack.
It is very common for those with a panic disorder to develop an immense fear of having another panic attack.
This can make things even worse and this fear of panic attacks often needs to be treated alongside the panic disorder themselves.
The Psychiatrist I saw was very compassionate and really took the time to listen to me. I feel much better now I know what treatment will work.
Talking therapies, such as counselling, psychotherapy and CBT can all be very effective at helping treat anxiety and panic attacks. Working with a therapist, you can gain an understanding of the root causes for the panic attacks as well as learn invaluable coping mechanisms for managing them as and when they come along.
Medications, such as antidepressants can also be useful in helping prevent future panic attacks and lessening the symptoms associated with anxiety.