Every year, up to 11% of Americans experience a panic attack. Approximately 2% to 3% of them go on to develop panic disorder.
What is a panic attack?
During a panic attack, you get a rush of intense mental and physical symptoms. It can come on very quickly and for no apparent reason. A panic attack can be very frightening and distressing.
- a racing heartbeat
- feeling faint
- chest pain
- shortness of breath
- hot flushes
- shaky limbs
- a choking sensation
- numbness or pins and needles
- dry mouth
- a need to go to the toilet
- ringing in your ears
- a feeling of dread or a fear of dying
- a churning stomach
- a tingling in your fingers
- feeling like you’re not connected to your body
Most panic attacks last between 5 and 20 minutes. Some have been reported to last up to an hour.
Who might experience a panic attack?
Anyone can experience a panic attack. Although researchers have suggested panic attacks typically first occur during the teen or early adult years. People of all ages, including children, can have panic attacks. And women are twice as likely to develop panic disorder.
Treatment options include Psychotherapy, medications, or a combination of both.
In my closing, panic attacks are highly treatable. Unfortunately, many people put off seeking help because they’re embarrassed. Please note, you are not alone. If you or a loved one may be suffering from possible panic attacks, please seek professional help immediately. Untreated panic attacks or panic disorders can interfere with your quality of life.
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