Panic Anxiety Attacks

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If you are like me and suffer from frequent panic and anxiety attacks as I used to, then you may want to continue reading my story. I was able to change my life completely even if you suffer half as much as I did your life can take a dramatic turn for the better just as mine did.

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Panic Anxiety Attacks

  1. 1. By: Ryan Conway
  2. 2. What are Panic Attacks?  Periods of intense and overwhelming anxiety.  Occur quickly most times without any triggers.  Flight or Fight controls out of the ordinary.  May be mistaken for a heart attack.  Fear of dying, flashy vision, nausea, feeling faint and heavy breathing are all signs of a panic attack.  Most attacks last 20 to 30 minutes and rarely last more than an hour.  Affects over 6 million adults in the US.
  3. 3. You might know a few?  Princess Diana  Sigmund Freud  Cher  Michael Jackson  Nicholas Cage  Johnny Depp  Aretha Franklin  John Madden  Isaac Newton  Oprah Winfrey  Buzz Aldrin
  4. 4. Some Causes  Genetics and Family history can play a role.  Stress over time or sudden onset of stress.  Obsessive compulsive disorder, post traumatic stress, certain phobias and hypothyroidism.  Lack of a healthy diet, Vitamin B deficiency, tape worm and parasitic infections.  Personal loss, death or illness.  Withdraw from any substance, drugs, alcohol, nicotine and even caffeine.  There is no definite answer as to why some people have panic attacks. It is thought to be a chemical imbalance which is why medication is given.
  5. 5. Physical Symptoms  Pounding heart  Sweating  Shaking  Shortness of breath  Sense of choking  Chest pains  Nausea  Dizzy  Feeling faint  Numbness  Chills and hot flashes
  6. 6. Emotional Symptoms  Feelings of apprehension or dread  Trouble concentrating  Feeling tense and jumpy  Anticipating the worst  Irritability  Restlessness  Watching for signs of danger  Feeling like your mind’s gone blank
  7. 7. Normal Circumstance Attack  Body must experience some kind of provoking stimulus.  This releases adrenaline into the body to prepare for strenuous activity.  Leads to in increased heart rate. (often mistaken for a heart attack)  Rapid breathing, sweating and shortness of breath.  Since adrenaline isn’t being used up the bloods ph balance changes, causing lightheadedness, dizziness, or numb feeling.  May feel that they are unable to catch their breath because of the decreased amount of C02 in the blood from heavy breathing.
  8. 8. Treatment  Medications  Paper Bag Breathing  Meditation  Abdominal Breathing  Talking to someone who has experience with this type of situation  Avoid smoking and caffeine  Simply Lying Down
  9. 9. Work Cited  Anxiety Panic Attacks Resource Site - panic attacks and anxiety awareness. 02 Apr. 2009 <http://www.anxietypanic.com/>.  InteliHealth:. 01 Apr. 2009 <http://www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/933 9/9474.html>.  quot;NIMH Panic Disorder.quot; NIMH Home. 02 Apr. 2009 <http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/panic- disorder/index.shtml>.  quot;Panic attacks and panic disorder - MayoClinic.com.quot; Mayo Clinic medical information and tools for healthy living - MayoClinic.com. 03 Apr. 2009 <http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/panic- attacks/DS00338>.
  10. 10. In Case You wanted to know  To find out more about panic disorder, call 1-866-615-6464 (National Institute For Mental Health)  Panic disorder is one of the most treatable anxiety disorders.  E-mail: nimhinfo@nih.gov  Web site: http://www.nimh.nih.gov http://panicdisorderanxi ety.com

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