Have you ever felt anxious with no reason? Or being afraid that something bad is coming, without a real treat near you? Chest pain, sweating or nausea are also appearing with no real reason?
The reason you are feeling all of this is that you may have a panic attack. So here is what you need to know about it:
What is panic attack?
The panic attack is a strong sense of anxiety, discomfort or fear, accompanied by cognitive and somatic signs, with acute onset and short duration.
For panic disorder we are talking about cases where there are recurrent panic attacks.
Panic attacks are a relatively common phenomenon, observed in about 10% of the population in one year. Most of them disappear without treatment, but a small part progresses to panic disorder.
Panic disorder is diagnosed in 2-3% of the population per year. Usually, it begins in young age, and women are 2-3 times more likely to have it.
Among the cognitive symptoms of a panic attack are fear of death, fear of losing control of oneself, a sense of separation from the environment, derealization.
The somatic symptoms include: pain in the chest; dizziness, fainting; breathlessness; hot waves or chills; sweating; nausea and weight in the abdomen, tingling; fast heartbeat, palpitations, tremor.
Have you ever felt any of these symptoms?
How does it feel?
In case of panic attack, at least four of the above described symptoms occur. They usually progressively grow within about 10 minutes, then quickly disappear.
They also appear in other types of anxiety disorder, usually in the course of circumstances underlying the disorder itself. It combines with depression, phobias, especially agoraphobia (fear of crowds, crowded spaces).
Typically, sufferers of panic disorder expect the next attack with fear and deliberately avoid the situations that provoked the previous.
Behavioral changes are taking place, namely escape from critical situations.
Often, they are afraid of having a serious lung, cardiac or neurological disease that provokes complaints and consults with specialists.
The panic fear of death, from a fatal illness, is typical of the disorder.
In fact, the diagnosis of the disorder is performed after excluding diseases associated with somatic symptoms, and of course cover the criteria of the Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders IV (DSM IV).
How to stop having them?
In some cases, the recovery is spontaneous or in the course of a gradual face to face with the critical circumstances.
In the absence of treatment for more serious conditions, the disease is receiving a chronic stroke with recurrent exacerbation and withdrawal of the symptoms.
However, the main thing which can help you is to explore the deep reason for your panic attacks.
This is something personal, which can be related to past trauma or suppressed memory.
It may also be childhood experience which is hidden in your subcoscious mind.
By getting to the root cause of your issue you have real chances to heal it and release it.
Healing Soul Coaching is a great method for that.
Psychotherapy is another tool for controlling panic disorder.
It refers to exposure therapy – in which the patient confronts with provoking factors. Cognitive-behavioral therapy teaches patients to recognize and control their distorted thoughts and beliefs.
If you think you have panic attacks and don’t want to take drugs, you need to speak with professional like therapist or coach. They will know what to do to help you get over the panic attacks.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Marina Stoichkova is an experienced astrologer and life coach. She has a Masters degree in Biochemistry and Healthcare management. Her mission is to raise your awareness of the core reasons for your health and life challenges and help you resolve them! Learn more HERE