A panic attack is a sudden episode of intense fear that develops for no apparent reason and triggers severe physical reactions.
Panic attacks can be very frightening. When a panic attack occurs, you might think you’re losing control, having a heart attack or even dying.
Panic attack symptoms can make your heart pound and cause you to feel short of breath, dizzy, nauseated and flushed. You may feel fatigued and worn out after a panic attack. Because panic attack symptoms can resemble life-threatening conditions, it’s important to seek an accurate diagnosis and treatment.
Panic attacks typically include a few or many of these symptoms:
- A sense of impending doom or death
- Rapid heart rate
- Shortness of breath
- Tightness in your throat
- Trouble swallowing
- Chest pain
- Hot flashes
- Abdominal cramping
Panic attacks typically begin suddenly, without warning. They can strike at almost any time, day or night; driving car, shopping at the mall, sound asleep or in the middle of a business meeting. Panic attacks have many variations, but symptoms usually peak within 10 minutes and last about half an hour. You may feel fatigued and worn out after a panic attack subsides.
One of the worst things about panic attacks is the intense fear that you don’t know when you will have another one. If you have had four or more panic attacks and have spent a month or more in constant fear of another attack, you may have a condition called panic disorder, a type of chronic anxiety disorder.
With panic disorder, you may fear having a panic attack so much that you avoid situations where they may occur. You may even be unable to leave your home (agoraphobia), because no place feels safe.
Panic attacks are treatable and Dr. Quintal & Associates are highly trained in the treatment of panic disorders.
For more information or to make an appointment for panic attack treatment, please call us today at (941) 907-0525 or or schedule a free phone consultation.