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SECRET #1: KNOW YOUR ENEMY: WHAT IS A PANIC ATTACK?
What Is A Panic Attack
For the record, even though I’m sure you know what a panic attack is, the medical community defines it as a sudden episode of intense fear that sweeps over you for no apparent reason. This fear triggers severe physical symptoms.
The three major disabilities associated with panic attacks are agoraphobia, alcohol abuse, depression, and generalized anxiety disorder. These can develop into serious complications if you allow your panic attacks to go untreated.
You’re already probably already too familiar with the symptoms of a panic attack. I’m sure you already know then that the symptom — and the one that causes the most concern for many people — is that of the racing heart.
“Racing heart.” Sounds like the latest romance novel release, doesn’t it? But it’s anything but a romantic interlude when you struggle with this symptom during your panic attack. As an individual who has experienced an attack, I’m sure you’re all too familiar with this sign.
Many people want to know exactly why the heart pounds so much? While the medical community can’t tell you exactly what sets the heart to working so hard, it can tell you the mechanism by which it’s working.
When your body is consumed by this panicked situation, it releases a shot of adrenaline which courses throughout your entire body. This adrenaline — sometimes you’ll see it referred to as epinephrine causes the nervous system to actually stimulate your heart.
This means your heart pumps faster. It’s your body’s physical mechanism setting you up for the classic “fight or flight” options. This served your caveman ancestors well when they were faced with potential physical danger — like those wooly mammoths.
In a panic attack though, the problem lies in the fact that… well, there is no problem. Your heart may even be going through palpitations. And while this feels most life-threatening, palpitations are nothing more than an awareness of the actual beating of your heart triggered by a change in the organ’s rhythm or rate.
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Secret #2: knowing the symptoms of a panic attack
Panic Attack Symptoms
Of course, a racing heart is just one — if not the most prominent — of symptoms in a panic attack. There are also more than a dozen other signs indicating you may be experiencing an attack. They are:
- A sense of impending death
- Shortness of Breath
- Tightness in your throat
- Faintness Trembling chills
- Hot Flashes
- Chest pain
- Abdominal cramping
Your particular experience with panic attacks may include as few as two or three of these symptoms or you may have a good number of them.
But the common denominator is that an attack begins suddenly (hence, not surprisingly the term “attack”). You can, in fact, go from being symptom-free to finding yourself in the peak of an attack in as short a time as 10 minutes. The duration of this phenomenon varies from one individual to the next. For some, the entire ordeal is over in as few as 30 minutes
For others, however, a panic attack may last for several hours. And in some rare instances, persons have been known to suffer from an attack for an entire day.
At the end of the attack, it’s quite natural to feel fatigued and worn out. But more than that, most people have a heightened fear of going through another at any time.
Secret #3: How your doctor diagnoses panic attack
Diagnosing a Panic Attack
Just because you’ve provided your health care practitioner with a list of your symptoms, doesn’t mean he’s going to immediately rubber stamp it as a panic attack. Before he can do that, he must be sure of the specific disorders or illnesses you absolutely don’t have, like a heart problem or a thyroid condition. Both of these, by the way, produce similar symptoms.
Depending on your specific complaints and your medical history, your doctor will choose from an array of tests and other diagnostic techniques to give you. Undoubtedly, though he’ll start the diagnosis with a physical examination.
From here, you’ll complete a psychological self-evaluation or questionnaire. Don’t be surprised if you’re also quizzed about whether you use illegal drugs or about your habits involving alcoholic beverages.
These are all criteria your health care professionals must take into account when making an accurate diagnosis of panic attack disorder. What may be surprising for you to learn however is that one panic attack — and even two — does not a disorder make.
That’s just a poetic way of saying that because you’ve experienced a panic attack, doesn’t mean you actually possess the disorder. For you to be diagnosed with the disorder, you must meet the criteria of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, published by the American Psychiatric Association.
This is the manual health care professionals use to diagnose a mental health condition. The book states a person must meet the following conditions before he is considered as actually having the disorder
- Frequent, unexpected panic attacks
- Worrying about experiencing another attack
- Avoidance of situations which you believe may trigger another attack
- The attacks, themselves, aren’t triggered by substance abuse or another underlying mental health condition, such as agoraphobia or other social phobias.
If you meet these criteria, then you’re likely to be diagnosed with panic attacks. And from here, you’ll receive offers of treatment along with conventional medicine’s lines. I hope this post gives you information about Panic Attack that will allow you understand better the disorder and look for solutions. Please feel free to leave comments and check my Blog, we always are looking to improve our blog, and next week will be series 2 of Panic Attack looking forward to seeing you next week, thanks.