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Symptoms of panic attacks Print E-mail

To understand the symptoms of panic attacks and find treatment, read on...

People with panic disorders have feelings of terror that strikes suddenly with no warning. These attacks may occur repeatedly and the patient's main concern becomes "When will the next attack strike?" All of a sudden you feel terrified with no reason.

Panic Attack symptoms are:

- chest pains


-feel of terror


-pounding heart

-shaking or trembling

-fear of dying, having a heart attack and loosing control


-shortness of breath


-loosing the ability of thinking clearly

-mouth dryness

-skin flushing



Panic attacks are seen among the 5% population. They are twice more common among women than men. Not everyone who experiences panic attacks will develop panic disorder. It can happen only once and never again but some people's lives change immensely because of these attacks. They will start to avoid being alone or in some cases they do not want to see other people or come out of the house. They will develop phobias about places or situations where panic attacks have occurred. For example, if a person had a panic attack on a bus, he/she will try to avoid public transportation. They will always think about the next panic attack and feel helpless.


People who experiences panic attacks should seek psychological treatment. Panic disorder is a real illness and it has to be treated. If left alone it may develop into very serious conditions such as agoraphobia, an inability to go beyond known and safe surroundings because of intense fear and anxiety.


The exact cause of panic disorders is unknown. Research suggests that causes of panic disorder can be both biological (hereditary) and psychological ( stress, thinking in a exaggerated way of normal bodily reactions).


Panic attack treatments are:


-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy which includes breathing exercises, relaxation techniques and step by step and safely changing your thinking patterns

-Physical exercise

With a proper treatment by a professional, panic attacks can be reduced or prevented completely in 70 to 90 percent of people.

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