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Panic Attacks

About PANIC ATTACKS

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A panic attack is like a sudden, overwhelming storm in your mind and body. Your heart races, you can’t breathe, and fear takes hold. It’s like being trapped in a rollercoaster of emotions. But remember, you can weather the storm, and there’s help and hope to guide you through. At Thrive Psychological Services we are there for help. 

Some common triggers for panic attacks are: 

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Panic Attacks Q&A

Frequently Asked Questions

A panic attack is a sudden, intense fear that quickly reaches a peak within a few minutes, causing symptoms such as: 

  • Palpitations (fast heartbeat or a pounding heart)
  • Trembling or shaking
  • Sweating
  • Shortness of breath
  • Feeling like you’re choking
  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Nausea or abdominal pain
  • Dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting
  • Feeling like you’re dying
  • Feeling detached from yourself
  • Experiencing numbness or tingling sensations
  • Having chills or hot flushing

Panic disorder is a type of anxiety disorder. You have panic disorder when you experience recurrent, unexpected panic attacks. Additionally, at least one of your panic attacks is followed by a month or more when you fear you will have another attack.

 

The fear of an impending panic attack is so severe that you change your behavior to avoid any situation that you think will cause an attack.

 

The cause of panic attacks is still being studied. However, experts now believe that an imbalance in the brain chemicals that regulate anxiety and mood may trigger the problem. 

 

Panic disorder is a type of anxiety disorder. You have panic disorder when you experience recurrent, unexpected panic attacks. Additionally, at least one of your panic attacks is followed by a month or more when you fear you will have another attack.

 

The fear of an impending panic attack is so severe that you change your behavior to avoid any situation that you think will cause an attack.

 

The cause of panic attacks is still being studied. However, experts now believe that an imbalance in the brain chemicals that regulate anxiety and mood may trigger the problem. 

  • Shock
  • Anger
  • Guilt
  • Regret
  • Disbelief
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Hopelessness

All of these emotions can become so powerful and long-lasting that you may need grief management to help you overcome and move forward.

Treating panic attacks is like finding a lifeboat in a stormy sea. It's about helping you feel safe and in control when fear takes over. Here's how, in simple words: 

  • Therapy (Talk It Out): Imagine sitting with a caring therapist who listens and guides you. They'll help you understand and manage your fears. 
  •  Medications: Sometimes, doctors prescribe medicines to calm your mind. It's like a safety net to catch you when panic strikes. 
  •  Relaxation Techniques: These are like a soothing balm for your nerves. Breathing exercises and mindfulness can help you stay calm. 
  •  Lifestyle Changes: Think of this as a healthier path. Regular exercise, good sleep, and a balanced diet can make your mind and body stronger. 
  •  Support System: Sharing your feelings with friends and family can be like a warm hug. They can be there for you when you need them. 

Remember, you're not alone in this storm. Treatment is about finding what works best for you, so you can sail through panic attacks with courage and strength. 

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