What are Panic Attacks?

Panic attacks are intense periods of fear that peak within 10 minutes of onset. They include at least four of the following symptoms; palpitations, sweating, trembling, choking, chest pain, nausea, dizziness, depersonalization, hot and cold flashes, and fear of dying.  The diagnosis of Panic Disorder requires recurrent panic attacks with 1 month of either secondary behavior change or persistent worry of additional attacks or their consequences.  If you are having symptoms that you feel may be related to a Panic Attack you should see your Doctor as soon as possible to begin treatment.

 

Treatment of Panic Disorders begins with education of the individual.  An explanation to the individual and “labeling” these attacks frequently reassures the individual that they can be helped.  If an organic cause for the panic attacks is found, management begins with treatment directed at this condition.  Dietary measures such as the avoidance of caffeine, nicotine, marijuana and other stimulants should be practiced.  The goal should always be to have the individual become panic free.

 

There are many types of therapies for people with Panic Disorder.  Behavioral therapy can be very successful.  Applied relaxation and cognitive therapy are noted to be the most appropriate therapies for a person with Panic Disorder.  A variety of medications successfully prevent recurrent panic attacks in many individuals but no medication is effective in stopping a panic attack once it has begun.

 

If you feel you have a Panic Disorder please contact your Family Care Physician as soon as possible. If you would like more information please visit www.anxietypanic.com.

 

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