Panic Attacks are shared and particular symptoms of the various anxiety disorders. Panic could as well happen in the context of the other medical and psychiatric disorders. Since Panic Attacks are critical signs of a lot of anxiety disorders, we are sure to define and describe this symptom in fine detail correctly.
Panic attacks are suddenly abrupt periods of severe fear that might incorporate sweating, shortness of breath, Palpitations, shaking, numbness, dizziness or a feeling that something bad is imminent. The highest degree of symptoms happens in minutes.
Generally they last, for like thirty minutes but it’s duration periods could vary from hours to seconds. There may be fear of loss of control or chest aches. Panic Attacks on their own isn’t as dangerous as we think. This unexpected surge reaches the peak of intensity within some minutes, at which it then stops.
Main Symptoms of Panic Attack
Typically, there would be a sense of gloom and doom plus a strong need to escape. For an individual to be said to have Panic Attacks, he or she must experience about four out of the below listed and possible thirteen symptoms that occur in minutes. They are:
Trembling and shaking
A feeling of being smothered
Discomfort and severe chest aches
Pounding heart or /Palpitations
A sense of being choked, thereby having short breaths
Fear of death
Chills or hot flashes
Tingling sensations or numbness
Feeling unsteady, faint, dizzy or, lightheaded
Feeling dizzy, unsteady, lightheaded, or weak;
Fear of losing control of his or herself and then running mad
If or when a person experiences lower than four symptoms, it is own as a limited symptom Panic Attack. The most experienced common symptoms of limited-symptom Panic Attacks is the shortness of breath, and this is as a result of hyperventilating.
Panic Attacks tend to be quite different from the other anxiety symptoms; the reason is that they happen to have an abrupt onset. They are followed by intense terror or fear and a big need escape. Furthermore, panic is felt as trouble happening in the present, while anxiety and worries are more future oriented.
Panic Attacks and Fear Reactions
Panic Attacks differ from fear responses. While the two of them involve fight-or-flight system, fear responses is a respond to clear, distinct and genuine present danger, and leads to an accurate and needed alarm. For Instance, if a bear starts to chase you, you have a very significant reason to be alarmed! And on the contrary, a Panic Attack will happen without any present danger whatsoever, resulting to false alarms.
However, whether it is a false alarm or a true alarm, our bodies will still respond similarly. Thus, when there is a false alarm an individual will still experience similar cognitions, sensations, and emotions of when there is a true alarm.
As a result of Panic Attacks happening in the context of various types of anxiety disorders, it’s crucial the victim or clinician differentiates between the two forms of Panic Attacks with a view of knowing what is wrong with him or her and for the clinician to make the best diagnostic decision :
Do you know the two forms of Panic Attacks?
Unexpected or uncued Panic Attacks.
Unexpected or uncued Panic Attacks happen to emerge “out of the blue.” This form of panic attacks lacks a particular source that ignites them. I believe the un cued panic attacks are a reflex to some sort of life stress. However, it is most times outside the immediate consciousness of the individual passing through it. For instance, a lady who of recent was fired by her boss is out buying groceries at the mall, suddenly, she begins to have short breaths and starts feeling dizzy.
She also noticed her heart pounding faster. Typically, she will become alarmed by the sensations that abruptly emerged out of the blue for no apparent or present reason. You could consider this as an unexpected cued panic attack. It is possible that the attack emerged from her shopping for food when she just lost her only hope of getting more money.
Expected or Cued Attacks
Expected or cued panic-attacks, on the other hand, are attacks with immediate, obvious and apparent triggers or cues. They will occur when the victim is exposed to certain objects or situations where the attack has some time in the past occurred. It’s is very sudden and happens immediately after exposure. The Cued Panic Attacks is most likely to be affiliated with Specific phobias, social anxiety disorders, and Agoraphobia.
For one to be diagnosed with Panic Disorder, he or she needs to have repeatedly experienced the unexpected or uncued Panic Attacks. Regular concerns of reoccurrence escort Panic Attacks; worrying bitterly about the consequences of the attacks; and seriously changing characters and behavior given avoiding more attacks. The fears and concerns of the attacks reoccurring must continue for a long while. The severity and frequency of the Panic-Attack considerably differ.
Some victims of Panic Attack report average frequent attacks that occur on a regular basis (eggs once a week) every single month, for very many months.
Also, another set of victims reports a cluster of overly frequent occurrences (once per day) this happens for many weeks, accompanied by a very dormant session of several months, without any form or hint of attacks. You could find the potential solution in our sections: Programs, Nutrition, and Exercise. Thanks for reading. Cheers!!