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4 Things to Know About Panic Attacks
All of a sudden, the walls might seem to be closing on you in an attempt to crash you. You shake
uncontrollably, and your heart starts beating so fast that you can actually hear it. But the other
moment, you calm down and everything seems all hunky-dory, as if nothing had happened. It
might seem like a plot of a
supernatural Hollywood flick,
but this is how one feels while
suffering from a panic
People who suffer from panic
disorder have seemingly outof-the-blue panic attacks that
can be both physically and
According to the Anxiety and
Depression Association of
America (ADAA), about 6
million Americans experience
panic disorders in a given
year. It is important to
understand the symptoms of panic attacks so that timely treatment can be sought. Listed below
are a few things one should know about panic attacks:
1. Panic attacks can start anywhere, anytime: A person can get a panic attack anywhere and
at any point of time. There can be no warning signs at all. It can happen while shopping,
giving a lecture, driving a car, or just reading a book. It is not something which is “all-inthe-head” but a real condition that can develop abruptly.
2. No definite causes of developing a panic disorder: According to the American Psychological
Association (APA), genetic predisposition can be one of the causes of panic disorders.
However, researchers also say that emotional factors in one’s life can also contribute to its
development. Psychologist Greg Kushnick said, “It’s likely to be a combination of internal
and external factors that contribute to the presence of panic attacks. For example, there
may be a genetic predisposition toward anxiety or mood disorders, which sets the stage
for panic in response to a situational stressor.” In fact, major changes in life, like wedding,
having babies, going for higher studies, retirement, etc., can trigger such attacks.
3. Symptoms of panic attack are crippling: A panic attack brings along some of the most
unsettling symptoms. Some of them are incessant trembling, sweating, choking,
breathlessness, chest pain, dizziness, etc. Some people have the strangest feeling that
“they are going to die any moment” and are “going crazy.” Peter Kanaris, Ph.D., a clinical
psychologist in Smithtown, New York, said, “Many people mistake symptoms for having a
heart attack, which is why often people wind up in the emergency room to rule it out.”
4. They generally don’t last long, even though it seems so: People suffering from a panic attack
feel that the attacks are going on since ages, whereas, in reality it is temporary as the mind
and the body are incapable of sustaining such a fright for a long time. A panic attack
appears abruptly, can reach its peak within a period of 10 minutes and can stay as long as
20-30, minutes in most cases. It is very rare that the attacks stay for about an hour or
Panic disorders are treatable
Various treatment methods and coping mechanisms are available to get relief from panic
disorders. Panic attacks and disorders can be treated successfully with self-help strategies and
therapeutic interventions. Psychotherapies, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, certain
relaxation techniques or alternative treatments, such as meditation, are often helpful in
overcoming panic attacks. Some therapists also teach breathing and muscle relaxation techniques
for a better sense of control over the problem.
If you or your loved one is suffering from recurrent panic attacks, seek medical help from one of
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help you to seek tailor-made treatments for panic disorders from any of the recognized anxiety
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