panic attack


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a sudden attack of fear

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All the above symptoms may not be there, any four is enough to call it panic attack.
For example, the person may think, "I am going to die if I have another panic attack," or "If I fly, the plane is going to crash." These thoughts may run in a constant loop in the person's head, making it difficult to concentrate on their current surroundings or situation.
Giving your mind something else to focus on can distract from these thoughts and break the cycle of a panic attack.
Seek medical advice if your panic attack continues after doing 20 minutes of slow breathing, or if you still feel unwell after your breathing returns to normal, you have a rapid or irregular heartbeat or chest pains.
Panic attacks are brief episodes of intense, incapacitating apprehension and anxiety that occur seemingly without warning and are accompanied by real, physical symptoms, such as chest pain, heart palpitations, shaking, abdominal cramps, nausea, dizziness or weakness, and disrupted breathing.
"After first grade before I went into second grade, I had my first panic attack. It was really terrifying," she said.
Though panic attacks usually last only a few seconds or minutes, they are terrifying he said adding that people who have experienced a panic attack begin to wonder and worry about when the next attack will occur.
He defined a panic attack as an event with any four of the following symptoms including pounding, skipping or fluttering heartbeat, shortness of breath or a sense of being smothered, dizziness or light-headedness, nausea or stomach problems, chest pains or pressure on the chest, sweating and fearing death.
He said that people who have experienced a panic attack begin to wonder and worry about when the next attack will occur.
There are three characteristics types of Panic Attacks. i) Un-cued ii) Cued, iii) Situation-ally predisposed.
In some cases, a stressful event in your life can be enough to trigger a panic attack. The stress can range from having to cope with the illness or death of a friend or family member or having to cope with a job loss or personal injury.
Females are twice more likely to be affected than males.6 Additionally, it has also been associated with age, restricted economic resources, substance abuse, parental history of mental disorders, and other mental health problems in the individual.6 Literature has demonstrated that, at times, this disorder is so painful for the patients that they start avoiding situations or activities such as exercise, running, avoiding sitting in sun or any rooms, which might perspire them or produce internal physical arousal similar to the beginnings of a panic attack.7 This attitude ultimately causes the serious functional impairment.
A panic attack is a sudden episode of intense fear and disabling anxiety, making you feel as if you are losing control.
More than half of the 3,000 residents surveyed by the company bcalm across 21 cities stated they'd had at least one panic attack in their life, with 14% suffering them at least once a month.
MANILA -- A high-ranking hospital official said that the reason for lawyer Jessica Lucila "Gigi" Reyes' hospitalization before dawn Thursday was because she suffered from panic attack.