10 Frequently Asked Questions On How To Stop PanicAttacks1. What is a panic attack?A question that is asked quiet a lot is...
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10 Frequently Asked Questions On How To Stop Panic Attacks

  1. 1. 10 Frequently Asked Questions On How To Stop PanicAttacks1. What is a panic attack?A question that is asked quiet a lot is ‘what is a panic attack?’  It is a brief period of extremeanxiety, fear or apprehension. Most people experiencing their first attack say each attack feelslike a heart attack or nervous breakdown. At the time people feel what appears to be physicalpain, however unlike a heart attack the physical symptoms are not life threatening.2. How do I know I am having a panic attack? What are the symptoms?As said earlier, panic attacks can be experienced as feeling like heart attacks or nervousbreakdowns. Most of the time they strike for the first time between the age of 15 – 20 and areoften a symptom of a bigger anxiety disorder.ÂWhile these attacks seem to copy many of the symptoms of a heart attack, they are not thesame. The most common symptom of a panic attack is heart palpitations – a cool way of sayingthe heart rate increases rapidly – nausea or becoming dizzy, trouble breathing or a loosingbreath, and trembling. Feeling numb in your hands, as well as chest and tummy pains, are alsocommon. Overwhelmingly the most common symptom is a sense of a need to escape, or of anintense fear. Often sufferers feel hugely frightened of something, but they are unable to saywhat exactly it is they are so fearful of.ÂWhen these symptoms grow in intensity it will be very hard to stop the panic attack.3. How long does a panic attack last?Everyone is different, and will respond to panic attacks in different ways. Occasionally the initialattack can last for up to 10 minutes before the person feels the anxiety flooding out of them, butother people say while their panic attack decreases after a relatively short time they still feelanxiety and apprehension for a couple of days afterwards.ÂBetween 40 to 70 per cent of people who suffer from panic attacks during the day will alsoexperience nighttime attacks. All panic attacks are horrible experiences but nighttime attacksare particularly scary as they have the potential to have more extreme or noticeable impact onthe respiratory (breathing) systems of someone who is suffering from the problem.4. How common is this problem?Believe it or not, panic attacks are actually reasonably common – although to sufferers itcertainly does not feel that way at the time! Experts say that panic attacks are a serious healthproblem amongst adults around the world, with evidence saying at least 20 per cent ofAmerican adults – around 60 million people – will go through the problem at some point intheir lives.Women are twice as likely to suffer from panic attacks as men, although in childhood casesboys are just as likely to suffer from panic attacks as girls. 1/4
  2. 2. 5. What causes panic attacks?It is difficult to pinpoint causes or triggers of these attacks, because so many suffer from them.The main cause of panic attacks appears to be genes. Panic disorders are often hereditary andmean some people have a greater predisposition or chance of suffering from attacksthemselves if the problem runs in the family. Other biological causes of attacks are not inherited.People with medical conditions such as larger panic disorders such as obsessive compulsivedisorder and post traumatic stress disorder can suffer from panic attacks, as can people withother medical conditions such as hypoglycaemia, mitral valve prolapse, hyper-ventilationsyndrome and even inner-ear problems. Some medications are also believed to trigger panicattacks. Alcohol and drug withdrawl – including caffeine – can also spark off attacks. Theproblem is also believed to be more common in those with a negative self-image or a pronenessto be passive. Last but not least, significant personal trauma for example the loss of a loved onecan also set off the attacks.6. Why do these triggers mean I have a panic attack?Believe it or not, from a physiological point of view a panic attack is the body trying to protectitself from harm. A unexpected spike in being scared also results in a unexpected spike inadrenaline, which in turn prompts the “fight-or-flight response”.The fight or flight response is a well-documented scientific theory, which basically proposeswhen a person feels scared their body prepares them for extreme physical activity – either theneed to run away from a situation really fast, or the need to defend themselves against a threat.When your body goes into fight or flight mode, your heart rate accelerates, you start breathingrapidly, and you may also begin to sweat. Because you’re not really about to fight or escape,the hyperventilation (difficulty breathing) increases the level of carbon dioxide in the body (in thelungs first, then in the bloodstream). This moves all the blood around your body, which cancause some of the other symptoms like lightheadedness or nausea. The release of the extraadrenaline causes lightheadedness too.Unfortunately it is sometimes a catch-22: Because you feel yourself getting short of breath, youtry to take deeper swallows of air, which means more carbon dioxide, which increases thefeeling of not being able to breathe properly. In the face of these steps happening in your body itis really difficult to stop panic attacks.7. How is the problem different between men and women, and children and adults?It is hard for everyone to stop the attacks. Despite that same feeling of being overpowered bythe attack, which causes people to feel like the attack is disadvantaging them or preventingthem from being able to do anything to try and stop the attack, there are some unlikeness inhow the attack feels for men and women and children. For starters, panic attacks areexperienced more by women. They also appear to be more frequent, and more often result inthe use of medication to try to stop panic attacks. Women also seem to show moreanxiety-avoidance – that is, they will try to keep away from situations where they have had an 2/4
  3. 3. attack before.Anxiety avoidance often results in a phobia – an irrational fear of particular situations – andafter awhile the mere thought of that situation is enough to trigger an attack. In children oryoung adults attacks can end up causing lower marks or grades at school, or even skippingschool, substance abuse, distancing themselves from parents or other important people aroundthem, and even depression or suicidal thoughts.While symptoms in adolescents tend to mimic those experienced by adults, panic attacks areoften different for younger children. Teenagers often report panic attacks as feeling likenightmares and are more dream-like than an overpowering fear of going crazy or dying (which issometimes what it feels like for adults), while young children seem not to have any cognitive orconscious thoughts at all.8. Are panic attacks serious?Yes – people going through these attacks know they are real and also know they can beemotionally destroying. It is vital to try to stop panic attacks as they can have a significantlasting effect on those suffering from them – if left untreated they can develop into seriouspanic or emotional disorders, such as agoraphobia, which is the crippling fear of all socialsituations and interactions.9. How do I stop panic attacks?One of the most known treatment designed to stop these attacks is a combination ofcognitive-behavioural therapy and a prescription of anti-depressant medication.ÂCBT usually involves up to 20 visits with a mental health professional over a number of weeks,and it is designed to try and change the thought processes that cause your condition. Thetherapy will help you gain knowledge and a sense of control over distorted feelings you haverelated to stressful situations, help you learn to know and replace panic-causing thoughts, teachyou some relaxation moves and expose you to stress-management techniques, and will alsoinclude some desensitisation and exposure therapy. While that is a really long, confusing title forthe process, the therapy itself is very untroublesome. The professional you work with will askyou to relax and then imagine the things that make you most scared or terrified from theleast-stressful to the most-stressful.This therapy, with antidepressant medication – mainly selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors(SSRIs) – is the most typical way to stop panic attacks. It might sound stupid, but trying tokeep a healthy and active lifestyle is also very important. Many studies show the impact eatingcorrectly and getting a right amount exercise can have on emotional disorders, includingdepression, anxiety and panic disorders.At the end of the day the very important thing is to remember the goal of treatment is to insureyou get better.If you feel something is not working for you, be open and talk about yourconcerns with your doctor or mental health professional. They are there to help.10. What else do I need to remember? 3/4
  4. 4. Firstly, know that you are not alone. A lot of people of all ages throughout the world suffer from the same thing. Panic attacks are serious, and they are terrifying, but fortunately this can be treated. With the right treatment created to stop panic attacks you can lead a completely normal live. Also remember there is endless information out there about the problem and how to prevent it from happening – check out your local library, join support groups online, and most of all be honest with the people around you. Tell someone you trust, a friend or adult.  Let them know what you are going through. Tell your doctor the truth too. It is their job to help you, so speak to them about the concerns you have. Doctors are trained in the medical field so take advantage of their knowledge. They may also be able to recommend a specialist in your area with plenty of expertise in the treatment of panic attacks. beat making software father of the bride speech how to stop panic attacks how to get rid of bed bugs 10 Frequently Asked Questions On How To Stop Panic Attacks 4/4Powered by TCPDF (www.tcpdf.org)